Somethin' Else (Cannonball Adderley album)

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 this album was recorded. The Penguin Guide to Jazz selected Somethin' Else as part of its suggested "Core Collection."[4]

Somethin' Else
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1958 (1958-08)[1]
RecordedMarch 9, 1958
StudioVan Gelder Studio
Hackensack, New Jersey
GenreJazz, hard bop, bebop
LabelBlue Note
ProducerAlfred Lion
Cannonball Adderley chronology
Cannonball's Sharpshooters
Somethin' Else
Portrait of Cannonball
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[2]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music5/5 stars[5]
Tom HullA–[6]
Jazzwise5/5 stars[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz4/4 stars[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.[7] "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.[8]

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.


On March 9, 1999, the album was released on compact disc as part of the Blue Note Rudy Van Gelder Editions series, all titles in the series remastered by Van Gelder himself. It included a bonus track entitled "Bangoon" or, originally and incorrectly, "Alison's Uncle," composed by pianist Hank Jones. More hard bop in tone than the rest of the record, the original title refers to the fact that the session took place shortly after Nat Adderley's daughter Alison, had been born, hence making Cannonball "Alison's Uncle."

Track listingEdit

Side oneEdit

1."Autumn Leaves"Joseph Kosma, Johnny Mercer, Jacques Prévert10:55
2."Love for Sale"Cole Porter7:01

Side twoEdit

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

1999 bonus trackEdit

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

2013 Blue Note SHM-CD Remaster Edition (Japan Release)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. ^ Somethin' Else, Blue Note 95329-2, liner notes.
  8. ^ Kind of Blue deluxe edition, Columbia 27105-2, liner notes.
  9. ^ Havers, Richard (March 9, 2021). "'Somethin' Else': Cannonball Adderley And Miles Davis' Musical Discourse". Retrieved July 14, 2021.

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