Somethin' Else is a 1958 album by jazz musician Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, regarded as a landmark album in the hard bop and cool styles. This critically-acclaimed LP is notable for the presence and prominent contributions of Miles Davis, in one of his few recording dates for Blue Note Records. Many critics and jazz fans consider Somethin' Else to be among the greatest jazz albums of all time. The Penguin Guide to Jazz selected this album as part of its suggested "Core Collection."
The extent of Davis's leadership or co-leadership on Somethin' Else is disputed. Davis plays several of the first solos, and, according to the liner notes, chose most of the material - he would continue to play "Autumn Leaves" and "Love for Sale", at increasingly frenetic tempos, in the years to come. He also composed the bluesy title track and suggested Adderley cover "Dancing In the Dark" (on which Davis does not appear). The one exception is the 12-bar blues, "One For Daddy-O", written by Adderley's brother Nat (for a radio DJ, not the Adderleys' father). Nonetheless, at the end of that track, Davis can be heard addressing producer Alfred Lion: "Is that what you wanted, Alfred?" The collaboration between Adderley and Davis would continue in 1959 with Davis's Kind of Blue, one of the most universally acclaimed jazz albums.
The album also features Art Blakey on drums, with Hank Jones on piano and Sam Jones (no relation) on double bass.
The LP also includes a bonus track, variously titled "Bangoon" or (originally, and incorrectly) "Allison's Uncle". That song is a Hank Jones composition, more hard bop in orientation than the rest of the record. It features a paradigmatic solo by Blakey (he can be heard humming along during the solo). The title under which the song was originally released, "Allison's Uncle", refers to the fact that the session took place shortly after the wife of Adderley's brother Nat had given birth to a daughter named Allison - thus making Cannonball Adderley "Allison's Uncle".
1. "Autumn Leaves" (Joseph Kosma, Johnny Mercer, Jacques Prévert) – 11:01
2. "Love for Sale" (Cole Porter) – 7:06
3. "Somethin' Else" (Miles Davis) – 8:15
4. "One for Daddy-O" (Nat Adderley, Sam Jones) – 8:26
5. "Dancing in the Dark" (Howard Dietz, Arthur Schwartz) – 4:07
6. "Bangoon" (initially released as "Alison's Uncle" and also noted as Bangoon on the RVG edition CD) (Hank Jones) – 5:05 (not on original LP)
Cannonball Adderley - Alto saxophone, Leader
Miles Davis - Trumpet
Hank Jones - Piano
Sam Jones - Bass
Art Blakey - Drums