The penultimate paragraph here yesterday put me in mind of this - an album that certainly belongs in a quality jazz collection. The first track on Somethin' Else (1958 - 44 minutes) is 'Autumn Leaves', a beautiful melody to begin with. After a quiet intro from the ensemble, Miles Davis opens the conversation by sticking close to the original melody, in his own unmistakeable voice. He then gives way to Cannonball Adderley, urging, pleading, emphatically stating a case full of beauty but with a thread of sadness running through it. Miles comes back, holding quietly to his point of view; it's clear we're in for an extended dialogue, but who could ever get enough of it while it's of this calibre? Hank Jones next chips in on piano, making every note count; he has his own concerns, at an angle to the foregoing dialogue, not outside of it exactly, but pointing out what the other two may not have noticed. Soon they're all heading for the exit, with Hank reminding everyone of the blues and Miles adding a final endorsing comment.
That's the only track I'll speak of. (You can get some of it here, sort of.) It introduces one of the finest of jazz albums. Cook and Morton say: '[T]here isn't a rote moment on the record... The contrast between Adderley's vitally energized playing and the narrow-eyed lyricism of Davis is a treat...'
[Links to the rest of the series.]