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Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, Hank Jones, Sam Jones and Art Blakey play Autumn Leaves, Blue Note 1958. (Via)
posted by growabrain (13 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
It's actually Blue Note 1595. ;)
posted by dobbs at 2:44 PM on June 25 [8 favorites]

I'm even more impressed.
posted by Iris Gambol at 2:52 PM on June 25

@dobbs it was released on Blue Note Records in 1958
posted by growabrain at 3:50 PM on June 25

Yeah, I was just being a record nerd.
posted by dobbs at 4:05 PM on June 25 [1 favorite]

(plus the tapes from 1595 have all faded to the point of being inaudible and they didn't make records back then.)
posted by Richard Upton Pickman at 6:39 PM on June 25 [1 favorite]

Somethin' Else is my favorite Jazz album. I love this rendition of this song.
posted by OHenryPacey at 7:15 PM on June 25 [2 favorites]

It's actually Blue Note 1595. ;)

Sandwiched between Louis Smith's 'Smithville' (1594) and Kenny Burrell's 'Blue Lights vol 1' (1596).
posted by prinado at 7:21 PM on June 25 [2 favorites]

I don't know what brought up Autumn Leaves in the middle of summer, but you certainly can't get much better than this. I just checked my shelves again, and counting double albums as two, confirmed that I have 17 Cannonball Adderley records; Something Else is one of the best. (Not too many records in that era include Miles Davis as a sideman.)

I like a few Adderley live albums even more, which in addition to the music have the leader’s celebrated introductions to the tunes. Like Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, with his best known quintet, and In New York, the first recording by the sextet that features Yusef Lateef on flute, tenor sax, and oboe.
posted by LeLiLo at 8:37 PM on June 25 [5 favorites]

The other day I was listening to a version of Autumn Leaves on the local jazz 'n' blues station and thought a. I've heard SO MANY iterations of this song that it's totally weird that I b. can't name its origin or writers.

So that's what I intend to learn during tomorrow's lunch break.
posted by goofyfoot at 11:34 PM on June 25 [1 favorite]

Les feullies mortes
Music: Joseph Kosma
Lyrics: Jacques Prévert
Singer: Yves Montand

Song first saw the light of day
in the 1946 film Les Portes de la nuit
posted by Mister Bijou at 12:19 AM on June 26 [4 favorites]

Les feullies mortes

Which, of course, means 'The Dead Leaves.' Johnny Mercer, founding president of both Capitol Records and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, who was nominated himself 18 times (!) for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, wrote the English lyrics. He’s the person who named it Autumn Leaves.

p.s. Mercer won four Academy Awards, most famously in 1961 for writing the lyrics to Henry Mancini’s Moon River.
posted by LeLiLo at 12:50 AM on June 26 [3 favorites]

Back when I was a clueless kid in a podunk town in Northern California, my dad signed up for one of those Columbia House-type deals in order to stock up on that brand-new musical medium, the compact disc. I don't remember whose idea it was to get a bunch of jazz albums. Could have been Dad, but his tastes ran toward Bunny Berigan and Muggsy Spanier. Could have been me--I could be pretty pretentious and may have wanted to possess a genre I had only heard snippets of on NPR.

Regardless, "Somethin' Else" was one of the CDs. And even as a dumb kid who had never heard of Miles Davis or the Birth of the Cool, "Autumn Leaves" haunted me. The CD, the house and the hometown are a smoking hole in the ground now, but this song lives. It's my very favorite jazz piece and I still play it about once a week. Thank you for sharing it.
posted by DeWalt_Russ at 2:56 AM on June 26 [3 favorites]

Song first saw the light of day
in the 1946 film Les Portes de la nuit

Interesting! Another standard from the Davis book, taken from a film, was On Green Dolphin Street. Also Stella By Starlight. At some point, the process of popular songs (from films, or not) being re-worked into jazz standards came to an end, perhaps simply because rock became the main idiom at the same time that jazz became more esoteric art music. Davis did try to do this again in the 80's, with "Human Nature", and "Time After Time", with, perhaps, mixed results.
posted by thelonius at 4:07 AM on June 26 [8 favorites]

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