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Somethin' Else [CASSETTE]

Cannonball Adderley Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (3 Dec 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Distribution
  • ASIN: B00000EEQH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

1. Autumn Leaves
2. Love for Sale
3. Somethin' Else
4. One for Daddy-O
5. Dancing in the Dark
6. Alison's Uncle [#][*]

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all 20 May 2001
Format:Audio CD
A stunning album, 'Somethin' Else' was a collaboration between three men - Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley, the credited bandleader; Alfred Lion, the producer and that inescapable great of jazz, Miles Davis. It always seems a bit harsh to Adderley that Miles gets so much more credit for this work than his sideman from 'Kind of Blue' - a much larger photo than the former for example - but then you sit back and realise that, as Musician noted in 1992, this is "...Among the candidates for 'greatest Miles Davis record'...". Miles has such a large role in the recording that you wonder if he is actually bandleader. Fortunately, this is not really important - and soloing from all the players is brilliant, Adderley especially.
You can refer to the liner notes for details of the tracks when you get the album - the bonus track 'Bangoon' is reason enough to buy this re-release. 1958 was a great year for jazz, and 'somethin' else' is right up there with the other great releases of its time.
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest of all the Blue Notes? 29 Feb 2004
By Adam Ventress VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was very much a collaborative effort between Cannonball Adderley and the master himself, Miles Davis, in a rare guest appearance. Adderley was part of Miles' sextet that recorded 'Milestones' around the same time as this recording, and Miles was returning the favour. Miles is, if anything, more dominant on this album than his own.
The beautiful opener 'Autumn Leaves',one of the truly great jazz recordings, is an example of this, as Miles takes three solos to Adderley's one, playing the theme at the beginning and end. The arrangement of this standard is inspired, the piano intro and outro by Hank Jones work superbly well, and Miles is at his lyrical, moody best.
'Love For Sale' is also excellent, particularly Miles' contribution, and it is interesting to compare with the version by Miles' sextet, including Adderley, recorded a few months later, and found on '58 Sessions.'
After those two slow/medium tracks, Miles' own 'Somethin Else' raises the tempo and contains blistering interplay between the two men, both playing brilliantly in a joyful and exuberant performance.
Adderley redresses the balance with 'Dancing in the Dark,' where he takes the only lead role and slowly builds momentum and emotion in his playing.
'One for Daddy O' is another fine track featuring both soloists in great form, and although the additional 'Rangoon' is a pefectly decent performance, the album would be as good without it, as it was in its original form, with Dancing in the Dark' as the closing track.
A classic album, and in my opinion the best of all Blue Note recordings; a must for fans of either star (and the supporting cast isn't bad either including Art Blakey on drums!) It offers yet another element to Miles' remarkable late 50s music, arguably the greatest period of his career.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for your collection 14 Dec 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
One of the favourite CD's in my collection, this record is right up there with the best. Cannonball may be the leader, but Miles is absolutely superb. He plays the tunes like they belong to him and really inspires the band. The thing that impresses me most is Autumn Leaves. Seeing such a common tune on the track listing one thinks 'Oh not again!', but when Miles comes in with the tune, you have to smile with delight - HE'S THAT GOOD! Don't miss out on this great music.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless, sublime, the finest jazz album I know 4 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
One of my first jazz purchases, and the album against which I measure all others: and usually find wanting!
I picked up at random in the store, and it has become my jazz conversion album -- the one I buy for people who don't see why I love jazz.
A very close second to this album for me is Miles Davis, Kind of Blue.
I challenge you to not love this CD. "Autumn Leaves" alone will melt the hardest hard.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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A suberb mix of the introverted cool thoughtful Miles Davis and the extravert swing of Cannonball Adderley.
Everyone plays perfectly and you would think this was a well established unit, not a one off studio recording.
Each track is a beauty - no fillers or duds.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eight quid that will change your life 24 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm not an expert, but this is my favourite jazz LP. I could listen to it all day every day and find something new. Overall, a brilliantly lazy relaxing sound, but on closer analysis precise and energetic. This CD contains a couple of extra tracks from the original session, so if you only have the vinyl version it's worth it for that alone. Plus, the recording quality is excellent. If you don't own it already, you owe it to yourself to buy this immediately.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 15 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
Some reviewers suggest that in reality this is a Miles Davis session - but in fact this record actually shows why Cannonball was such an excellent bandleader - his warmth and generosity is demonstrated by the fact that he only takes one brief solo in the stand-out Autumn Leaves, letting Miles take three - how tempting to dominate the first wonderful track. Listen to other great records such as Mercy Mercy Mercy to hear the way he talks about his band - lovely man. What really makes this album one of the true jazz essentials is the contrast between Miles' spare, bone-dry playing and Cannonball's warm, lyrical, ever-playful alto. They complement each other perfectly. Cannonball fan though I am, the stand-out moment of the record is the end of Autumn Leaves - the pace slows even further and Miles' trumpet almost breathes rather than plays - truly sublime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
I love Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, and this cd is a fitting partner, with some more up tempo stuff. Miles input is significant on this recording, a real gem
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5.0 out of 5 stars AS GOOD AS IT GETS
If I had to name my greatest jazz album of all time I would list "Somethin Else" as joint top alongside "Kind Of Blue" Although "Something Else" is titled as a Cannonball record I... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool!
This is cool controlled jazz at it's very best. All the musicians are on top form - how have I missed hearing this CD over the years!!
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If you have only recently come over to jazz then I would definitely recommend you launch your jazz collection with this classic album from the Blue Note label produced in 1958,... Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2011 by Mr. M. F. J. Streeton
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight to your heart like a Cannonball
This whole album, from as long ago as 1958, is an utter delight from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Somethin' Else by name, Kind of Blue by nature
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