Friday Flashback – Cannonball Adderley – Somethin’ Else

Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else

The Players

Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley – Alto Saxophone
Miles Davis – Trumpet
Hank Jones – Piano
Sam Jones – Bass
Art Blakey – Drums

The Tracks

1. “Autumn Leaves”
2. “Love For Sale”
3. “Somethin’ Else”
4. “One For Daddy-O”
5. “Dancing In The Dark”
6. “Bangoon”*
*Not on the original album.

The Facts

On March 9, 1958, five dynamic forces in jazz came together to record what we now know as one of the most profound recordings in jazz history, Somethin’ Else. Each of the players is a leader in their own right and brings their special ingredients to the mix. You can hear Charlie Parker’s influence on Cannonball and how it blends so harmoniously with Miles’ cool jazz style. This album set the stage for much great music to follow. Cannonball played in Miles’ group from 1957-1959. During his tenure, they also collaborated on the classic, Kind of Blue.

In the original liner notes, Leonard Feather gave these closing remarks:

In closing, perhaps it would be appropriate to point out, for those not familiar with the latest in terminology, that the title number of the Miles Davis original, which also provided the name for this album, is a phrase of praise. And if I may add my personal evaluation, I should like to emphasize that Cannonball and Miles and the whole rhythm section and, indeed, the entire album certainly can be described as “somethin’ else.

Enjoy your music!

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