Cannonball Adderley – Somethin’ Else (1958/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 38:43 minutes | 1,46 GB | Genre: Jazz
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Somethin’ Else is a monumental recording by jazz virtuoso Cannonball Adderley. Fans and critics have deemed the work as one of jazz’s most influential records. The album is an exhilarating display of hard bop and features stunning contributions by Miles Davis, Hank Jones, Sam Jones and Art Blakey. It is included on The Penguin Guide to Jazz’s “Core Collection.” Somethin’ Else features thrilling solos and the stunning tunes “Somethin’ Else” and “Dancing in the Dark”.
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. 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.
01 – Autumn Leaves
02 – Love for Sale
03 – Somethin’ Else
04 – One for Daddy-O
05 – Dancing in the Dark