Somethin' Else [RVG Edition]

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All Music Guide - Steven McDonald
It isn't too difficult to understand why MFSL considered this album to be a worthy candidate for an Ultradisc reissue -- aside from Cannonball Adderley, you have a lineup that includes Miles Davis, Hank Jones, Sam Jones, and Art Blakey. This is a group that could take on a Barry Manilow number and turn it into a jazz masterpiece. MFSL have done the purchaser a favor, too, by including an additional track that was left off the original album. This sixth track, "Alison's Uncle," closes out Somethin' Else on a high note, changing the flow of energy in an interesting way purists can still finish up on a quieter note, as with the original, by programming "Dancing in the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven McDonald
It isn't too difficult to understand why MFSL considered this album to be a worthy candidate for an Ultradisc reissue -- aside from Cannonball Adderley, you have a lineup that includes Miles Davis, Hank Jones, Sam Jones, and Art Blakey. This is a group that could take on a Barry Manilow number and turn it into a jazz masterpiece. MFSL have done the purchaser a favor, too, by including an additional track that was left off the original album. This sixth track, "Alison's Uncle," closes out Somethin' Else on a high note, changing the flow of energy in an interesting way purists can still finish up on a quieter note, as with the original, by programming "Dancing in the Dark" as the final track. In many ways it's a surprise that this track was left off originally -- it's an excellent piece, with Adderley and Davis trading licks and solos while Jones and Blakey keep pace. Blakey also takes some terrific solos. The remastering job is the usual superb MFSL effort, producing clear sound with almost no background noise. Due to the original recording made in 1958, Davis' trumpet sometimes seems a little shrill and metallic, but it's not an overwhelming problem -- certainly not when you consider Davis' style. Altogether, an excellent addition to any jazz collection. [This RVG edition corrects the name of the bonus track "Alison's Uncle" that appeared on earlier CD editions; the correct title of this track is "Bangoon."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/1999
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724349532922
  • Catalog Number: 95329
  • Sales rank: 7,160

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Autumn Leaves (10:59)
  2. 2 Love for Sale (7:04)
  3. 3 Somethin' Else (8:14)
  4. 4 One for Daddy-O (8:25)
  5. 5 Dancing in the Dark (4:07)
  6. 6 Bangoon (5:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cannonball Adderley Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone
Miles Davis Trumpet
Art Blakey Drums
Sam "Stovepipe No. 1" Jones Bass
Hank Jones Great Jazz Trio Piano
Technical Credits
Nat Adderley Composer
Miles Davis Composer
Leonard Feather Original Liner Notes
Hank Jones Composer
Sam Jones Composer
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Howard Dietz Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer, Remastering
Alfred Lion Producer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Jacques Prévert Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Francis Wolff Cover Photo
Reid Miles Cover Design
Nat Adderley Jr. Composer
Joseph Kosma Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You Can Go Home Again

    Either this album is underrated or I'm blinded by nostalgia for the cool ol' days, but when I stumbled on this CD in San Francisco, I couldn't believe the rush of memories.This was one of the first jazz albums I really listened to after I discovered how much I loved the sound. And everything's right here: classics -- like ''Autumn Leaves'' and ''Love for Sale'' -- treated classically, opening with the melody, playing around with it, showcasing every artist, every instrument;then that resolution when the melody returns, like exhaling a deep breath. And the rythmic intros to ''Leaves' and ''Love'' that define the background bass...This music has amazing discipline that makes the improvisation so much more creative than most new stuff I'm hearing. These guys improvise--in the true sense of the word: they improvise on the theme they started with. As for the up-tempo tracks: for me, this is the classic battle between sax and trumpet...two incredible performers playing off each other, then coming together with harmonies that break your heart! And don't forget ''Dancing in the Dark'' where they NEVER lose the melody and still make jazz from a standard. When Miles[?] asks ''Is that what you wanted, Alfred?'' at the conclusion of ''Daddy-O,'' you know you've heard something special. My album warped years ago. As soon as I heard this beautifully re-mastered CD, all those riffs came back and are still playing in my head.Try it. Leonard Feather liked it. I love it. It just might be what you wanted.

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