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Somethin' Else [LP]
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Adderley's hard-bop approach somehow works very well with Davis on this disc as the blues lines
are played by the combo. This is one of a few of Davis' appearances as a sideman.
How can you go wrong with a line-up like this:
Art Blakey, drums
Sam Jones, bass
Hank Jones, piano
Cannonball Adderley, alto sax
Miles Davis, trumpet
The cream of the jazz world all sitting in one studio workin' it like no other combo. This group swings.
The recording is by the famous Rudy Van Gelder who's name you will see on many great jazz works
and he also remastered this release as well.
The songs were arranged by Adderley; and Davis, who was fresh from rehab and hungry for work,
leaves his indelible mark on the music. People thought this was a Miles Davis album when it was first
released. It is not.
My favorite piece is 'One For Daddy-o' but they are all great tunes exceptionally rendered by the
quintet. All in all you get 43 minutes of pure blues bliss which you will return to again and again.
I consider this a desert island disc. It was included in 'The Penquin Guide to Jazz' as a Core Selection;
and yes it will play in any CD player; it is a Hybrid SACD disc. That means there are two sets on the
disc, one is normal and the other is remastered for SACD/DSD surround sound.
Whether you opt for the SACD hybrid or the standard CD you will fall in love with this music. I own a
moderate high end Denon/Polk Audio 7.1 stereo system and find the music on the SACD has more
presence in the room over the standard CD presentation; even when listening in 2 speaker stereo.
It's difficult to pick out highlights on a collection so uniformly excellent, but the 11-minute opener `Autumn Leaves' is a true jazz classic which you'll think you've always known, so recognisably familiar is the melody. The title track, showcasing the horn interplay between Miles and Cannonball chasing each other all over the scales in an exuberant and up-tempo duet sounds like a cut which escaped from the KoB sessions, and `One for Daddy-O' with its slower tempo and stand-out uncomplicated melody also shines. In the sparse, clean and bluesy `Dancing in the Dark' we hear Cannonball at his soulful best, his horn soaring with a long, slow-tempo solo over a perfectly understated rhythm.
The music here is instantly accessible, with nothing unnecessarily complex or jarring. You can listen to the album again and again, no matter what you're doing, though one or two of the numbers are perhaps a little up-tempo for dinner-party background ambience. Overall `Somethin Else' is an indispensable jazz classic which stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the very best of Miles, Trane or Charlie Parker.
The nickname `Cannonball' BTW came from a corruption of `Cannibal' due to Adderley's huge appetite for food and habit of eating absolutely everything available at every opportunity, the result manifest in his generously proportioned, rotund and substantial physique. But boy, can he play that horn.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A classic, must have for Blue Note fans or fans of hard bop in general.Published 10 days ago by leslie
Good recording to work with in the first place so the SACD can be great, but this isn't as lively and fun as Cannonball's "Things are Getting Better. Read morePublished on January 13, 2011 by unclejef