Somethin’ Else

Somethin’ Else is the album of the week

Somethin’ Else is a jazz album by saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, released on Blue Note Records in 1958. Also on the session is trumpeter Miles Davis in one of his handful of recording dates for Blue Note. Adderley was a member of Davis’ group at the time this album was recorded. The Penguin Guide to Jazz selected this album as part of its suggested “Core Collection.”

The album was recorded during Adderley’s membership in the Miles Davis Sextet of 1958, and is one of the few post-1955 appearances of Miles Davis as a sideman. Indeed, Davis plays several of the first solos, composed the bluesy title track and, according to the liner notes, chose most of the material. “Autumn Leaves” would remain in the Davis book, and “Love for Sale” would be recorded by the Davis Sextet a little over two months later.

The twelve-bar blues “One for Daddy-O” was written by Adderley’s brother Nat Adderley for Chicago radio DJ Holmes “Daddy-O” Daylie. At the end of that track, Davis can be heard addressing producer Alfred Lion, saying “is that what you wanted, Alfred?” Adderley and Davis would also be heard together on the 1958 Columbia Records release Milestones, as well as the 1959 landmark Kind of Blue, one of the most universally acclaimed jazz albums.


Side one

  • “Autumn Leaves” Joseph Kosma, Johnny Mercer, Jacques Prévert 10:55
  • “Love for Sale” Cole Porter 7:01

Side two

  • “Somethin’ Else” Miles Davis 8:15
  • “One for Daddy-O” Nat Adderley 8:26
  • “Dancing in the Dark” Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz 4:07


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