5 STARS DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE 5 STARS PENGUIN GUIDE TO JAZZ
Even though it wasn’t regarded at the time as more than a regular recording session by professional jazzmen, the popularity of Cannonball Adderley’s Somethin’ Else (Blue Note BST-1595) grew until it came to be considered one of the best small group jazz sessions ever. It is a mystery why some sessions are capable of generating such magic while others are not, but all of the tunes that constitute Somethin’ Else are of the same consistent quality and create a unique mood. In fact, one of the selections, the reading of the standard “Autumn Leaves,” with its particular intro/fi nale, has become the most famous version of that tune in jazz history. Although this was a Cannonball album, Miles Davis was the saxophonist’s boss at the time, and he acts as a kind of co-leader. The rhythm section had no relation to Miles’ group. In fact, Davis’ only other recording ever with pianist Hank Jones was a 1947 Aladdin session by a Coleman Hawkins septet.
JULIAN “CANNONBALL” ADDERLEY, alto sax MILES DAVIS, trumpet HANK JONES, piano SAM JONES, bass ART BLAKEY, drums
Hackensack, New Jersey, March 9, 1958.
*BONUS TRACKS: Miles Davis (tp), Cannonball Adderley (as), John Coltrane (ts), Bill Evans (p), Paul Chambers (b), Jimmy Cobb (d). New York, May 26, 1958.
01 AUTUMN LEAVES 02 LOVE FOR SALE 03 SOMETHIN’ ELSE 04 ONE FOR DADDY-O 05 DANCING IN THE DARK 06 ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET * 07 FRAN-DANCE * 08 STELLA BY STARLIGHT *