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Cannonball Adderley had already released many albums as a leader by the time "Somethin’ Else" was recorded. However, at the time he was working as a member of the stellar Miles Davis Sextet, which also featured John Coltrane on tenor sax, pianist Bill Evans, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb.
While Miles’ presence on this date was a favor to his band member, the rhythm section on Somethin’ Else bears no relation at all to Miles’ group. In fact, Davis’ only other recorded collaboration with pianist Hank Jones was a 1947 septet session for Aladdin under the leadership of Coleman Hawkins. In spite of the fact that this was not a working group, the LP was a masterpiece, and one of Cannonball’s most acclaimed albums under his own name.
Dom Cerulli gave it five stars in his Down Beat review, stating that, “There’s really not too much to say about this set. It’s the result of five thoroughly professional jazzmen playing together and making it. The outstanding side to me is ‘Autumn Leaves’, on which Davis displays his moving lyricism.”
JULIAN “CANNONBALL” ADDERLEY, alto sax
MILES DAVIS, trumpet
HANK JONES, piano
SAM JONES, bass
ART BLAKEY, drums
Hackensack, New Jersey, March 9, 1958.
01 AUTUMN LEAVES
02 LOVE FOR SALE
01 SOMETHIN’ ELSE
02 ONE FOR DADDY-O
03 DANCING IN THE DARK