Somethin' Else (Cannonball Adderley album)

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Somethin' Else
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1958 (1958-08)[1]
RecordedMarch 9, 1958
StudioVan Gelder (Hackensack)
GenreJazz, hard bop, bebop
LabelBlue Note
ProducerAlfred Lion
Cannonball Adderley chronology
Cannonball's Sharpshooters
Somethin' Else
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Professional ratings
Review scores
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[5]
Tom HullA−[6]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz[4]

Somethin' Else is a jazz album by alto saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, his only album on the Blue Note label, recorded and released 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, and the album was recorded shortly after Davis' own landmark album Milestones. The Penguin Guide to Jazz selected Somethin' Else as part of its suggested "Core Collection."[4]


The album was recorded during Adderley's membership in the Miles Davis' First Great Quintet, and it also marks one of the few recordings Davis made as a sideman after 1955. Indeed, Davis plays several of the first solos, composed the bluesy title track and, according to the liner notes, chose most of the material.[8] "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.[9] In the original liner notes for album, Miles is quoted as follows: "All my inspiration today comes from Ahmad Jamal, the Chicago pianist. I got the idea for this treatment of "Autumn Leaves" from him."

The twelve-bar blues "One for Daddy-O" was written by Adderley's brother Nat 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 play 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.

Reissue bonus tracks[edit]

In the 1980s, the album was re-issued with a bonus track from the recording session that was listed as "Alison's Uncle" and credited to Cannonball Adderley. The track appeared as "Alison's Uncle" on compact disc releases in the U.S. and Japan in 1986, and it continued to appear under this title, or as "Bangoon (aka Alison's Uncle)", on reissues into the 21st century. The composition is actually Hank Jones' "Bangoon", and first appeared on Gigi Gryce's 1957 Jubilee Records album Jazz Lab, with Jones playing piano. (Gryce also recorded a second version of the tune with Jones on his Gigi Gryce album.) The title "Alison's Uncle" was created by Nat Adderley in the 1980s when he was asked by reissue producers to name a track that they could not identify. Nat Adderley's alternate title refers to the session having taken shortly after his daughter Alison had been born.[citation needed]

An alternate take of "Autumn Leaves" was released as a bonus track on a 2013 CD release in Japan.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

Side two[edit]

1."Somethin' Else"Miles Davis8:15
2."One for Daddy-O"Nat Adderley8:26
3."Dancing in the Dark"Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz4:07

1986 Blue Note CD bonus track (U.S. and Japan releases)[edit]

6."Bangoon" (aka "Alison's Uncle")Hank Jones5:05

2013 Blue Note SHM-CD edition (Japan)[edit]

1."Autumn Leaves"Joseph Kosma, Johnny Mercer, Jacques Prévert10:55
2."Love for Sale"Cole Porter7:01
3."Somethin' Else"Miles Davis8:15
4."One for Daddy-O"Nat Adderley8:26
5."Dancing in the Dark"Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz4:07
6."Bangoon"Hank Jones5:05
7."Autumn Leaves" (Alternate Take)Joseph Kosma, Johnny Mercer, Jacques Prévert9:33



  1. ^ American Record Guide, September 1958
  2. ^ Somethin' Else at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Cannonball Adderley – Somethin' Else ★★★★★". Jazzwise. August 26, 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  4. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. "Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley". The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). New York: Penguin. pp. 9. ISBN 0-14-102327-9.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0857125958.
  6. ^ Hull, Tom (n.d.). "Jazz (1940–50s) (Reference)". Retrieved March 4, 2020.
  7. ^ Cerulli, Dom (27 November 1958). "Review of Somethin' Else" (PDF). DownBeat. Retrieved 20 November 2023.
  8. ^ Somethin' Else, Blue Note 95329-2, liner notes.
  9. ^ Kind of Blue deluxe edition, Columbia 27105-2, liner notes.
  10. ^ Havers, Richard (March 9, 2021). "'Somethin' Else': Cannonball Adderley And Miles Davis' Musical Discourse". Retrieved July 14, 2021.

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