Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderley - Somethin’ Else
Almost four years to the day since his last session for Blue Note Records, Miles Davis was back in the studio to cut Somethin’ Else for the label, but not as a leader; the band was led by twenty-nine-year-old Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley – and what a band it is.
Adderley was a member of Davis’s Sextet at the time of this recording, and the following year the saxophonist appeared on the seminal Kind of Blue. The feel of this album is something akin to a dry-run for what followed, and everyone with a love of jazz should own it.
The principal difference between Kind of Blue and Somethin’ Else has three tracks that are re-workings of standards – apparently chosen by Davis – which enhances the feeling of extreme comfort that each and every track exudes. Of the two original numbers, Miles composed the title track while ‘One For Daddy-O’ was a joint creation by pianist Hank Jones and Adderley’s cornet-playing brother, Nat.