Cannonball Adderley Somethin' Else (Blue Note) It's a curious coincidence that, although neither of the saxophonists on Miles Davis' classic Kind of Blue signed for Blue Note, both made great one-off albums for the label before moving on to other record companies. Cannonball Adderley's Somethin' Else isn't quite as well known as John Coltrane's Blue Train, and tends to be critically assessed as a Miles Davis album in all but name. It's true that Davis is a prominent presence on the date, and that he was Cannonball's boss at the time of the session. And it's also true that two of the arrangements, Autumn Leaves and Love for Sale, subsequently turned up in Davis band sets, and that the trumpeter is credited as composer of the title track. Yet Adderley (right) had bandleader experience at the time of the sessions and there's little suggestion in the assurance of his tone and the fluidity of his improvisation that he wasn't the one calling the shots. On Autumn Leaves it's Davis' melancholy, muted trumpet that sets the tone, but it's with Adderley's spectacular solo that the performance really takes off. Whoever led the session, the small-group rapport of such an extraordinary lineup - completed by Hank Jones on piano, Sam Jones on bass and Art Blakey on drums - through five performances (six on the CD) with scarcely a note wasted remains breathtaking to this day. A classic.