Wheeler, Kenny / Song for Someone
Album: Song for Someone   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Wheeler, Kenny   Added:May 2004
Label:Psi Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-05-17 Pull Date: 2004-07-19 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jul 18 Jul 11 Jul 4 Jun 27 Jun 6
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 16, 2004: Memory Select
Ballad Two, Toot-Toot
4. Jun 23, 2004: press and release
The Good Doctor
2. Jul 10, 2004: Morning Glory
Causes Are Events
5. Jun 04, 2004: Memory Select
The Good Doctor
3. Jul 02, 2004: Memory Select
Causes Are Events
6. Jun 01, 2004: Eclectica

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2004-05-29
A 1973 project combining normal big-band music with the avant-garde. Interesting mix -- it's got very good, swinging tunes in very organized format, next to some joyous free-jazz chaos. In addition to some rollicking big-band work and spacey '60s sounds, the disk includes some mellow, drifting segments, precursors to the mellow outside-jazz work Wheeler would later do on the ECM label.

Great document of the colliding musical styles in the guy's mind. If (like me) you only know Wheeler for his ECM stuff, this is enlightening.

1- Big band overture: Fast, loud, swingin'
2- Slow ECM-like intro, then the band joins in for a midtempo, spaceous jam. Includes wordless female vocals and lots of electric piano,
and a loose, free sax solo with spare accompanyment
3- Soft interlude w/fem. vocal
4- Some cool swing, some free spazz-outs, some spacey electric piano. Goes through quiet and loud phases.
5- Multiple disjoint phases. Squiggly fast abstract start, then a drifty ECM- like segment and some laid-back jamming.
6- Straight song w/female vocs.

Track Listing
1. Toot-Toot   4. Causes Are Events
2. Ballad Two   5. The Good Doctor
3. Song for Someone   6. Nothing Changes