Recently I was talking to Mr Brown and bemoaning the fact that I did not own a copy of the classic album "Somethin' Else" by Cannonball Adderley. Now that's not to say I haven't heard this.. I have many, many, many times. It's just that for years I had a tape of this and then (ashamed to say) I had an "evaluation" copy on CD (which I have since got rid of).
Anyway, like a lot of classics that I always mean to get around to replacing or acquiring there's always something newer in the shop when I have the spare cash to get it.
But on Tuesday in Fopp I noticed they had one of these "out-of-copyright-cheapo-reproduction" efforts of Cannonball Adderley's stuff. Not a crappy compilation either but two straight reproduction albums. "Somethin' Else" and "Cannonball's Sharpshooters" two albums on two CDs for £3. I really had no excuse not to...
And glad I did. Two quintet sessions that were recorded within four days or so of each other in 1958. But while "Somethin'.." was released for Blue Note, "Sharpshooters" was originally released by Mercury.
It's easy to see how "Somethin'" became the real classic that it is. It was recorded by an all-star Blue Note line up that included Art Blakey on Drums, Hank Jones on piano and Miles Davis on trumpet (on what I think was his last appearance as a "side man" for anyone). The tunes on this are all slow moving or mid tempo ballads and the opening version of "Autumn Leaves" is probably the definitive version.
Still. That's really just nit-picking. Excellent buy.... long overdue.