Cannonball Adderley – Somethin’ Else

On Somethin’ Else, Cannonball Adderley somehow managed to snatch up his leader Miles Davis as a sideman. The title track kicks off with a call and response between two gifted musicians. By feeding off each other’s vibe, Davis and Adderley were having a great musical conversation. With Art Blakey, Hank Jones and Sam Jones holding down the rhythm section, Davis and Adderley gives “Autumn Leaves” an ultimate beauty. Davis is a master of selection (only plays notes that are meaningful) and his muted trumpet is both hunting and chilling. Adderley’s intricate phrasing on the alto sax, however, provides a rich contrast to Davis’s minimal approach. This record is simply somethin’ else.

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