Monday, April 24, 2023

April 24, 2023

This was a music-filled show, with not too much jibber-jabber from me. There were plenty of new releases, Canadian content, and out-leaning jazz. An apology from me: If you listen to the podcast of this program (which you can do here), you'll notice that I didn't record the first few minutes or so of the episode. Sorry for this; things were a little rushed and I was a little clumsy at the start. The vast majority of the show is there, though.

We hit the end of April (already!) next week. Tune in for BTT again on Monday, April 31 at or 90.9 FM from 10 to 11 am MT.



Wednesday, April 19, 2023

April 17, 2023

Here are the ingredients for this episode of Breaking The Tethers: lots of newly-released jazz + a few solo numbers (flute, piano, guitar) + a couple of space-themed tunes (from Redline Trio and Astrocolor) + a bunch of Canadian music. Check out the results here.

There's two more BTT shows in April 2023. You can catch the first of these on Monday, April 24 from 10 to 11 am MT, at or 90.9 FM.



Monday, April 10, 2023

April 10, 2023

The main feature of this show, apart from my return to hosting after two weeks away, was a dichotomy. There was one long song, "Buzzsaw: the myth of a free press" by Wadada Leo Smith, follow by 11 shorter pieces, some very short, at least by jazz standards. Most of the tracks were new releases and a bunch were Canadian.

Next week will be in the same (large) ballpark but different stuff. Come hang with me on Monday, April 17, or 90.9 FM, 10 to 11 am MT.



Wednesday, April 5, 2023

March 27 and April 3, 2023

I was away for sunnier climes for these two shows. Mikail Hendi filled in for me on both programs and did a great job, playing some interesting stuff. Give them a listen. March 27 is here and April 3 is here

I make my grand return (ha!) on Monday, April 10. I've got some fine music on deck; I think I'll start with a piece by Wadada Leo Smith. Join me from 10 to 11 am MT at or 90.9 FM.



Wednesday, March 22, 2023

March 20, 2023

This was a show I really liked (not that I dislike any of the programs I do). Lots of fairly crazy stuff played today, which is maybe why I really liked the show 😄. Here are some of my favourites from this week:

"Misanthropic vindaloo" by the Avi Granite 6 from their new album, Operator.  I'm a sucker for interesting or odd titles. The music is great too and matches the title.

"Vietcong" by the Gary Bartz Ntu Troop. Might be silly, definitely funny, though I think it was meant to be serious. We see and hear things differently looking back.

"Out-bloody-rageous" by Soft Machine, from the (semi) bootleg, Orange skin food. A shortened version of the tune, with some interesting stuff going on in the second part, different than it was usually played at the time of recording (August 1970, I believe).

"Six-handed Casio" by the Sao Paulo Underground. Like most of their stuff, just nuts.

You can listen to the podcast of this program here.

I will be venturing to sunnier and hotter places for the next week or so and will miss two editions of Breaking The Tethers, March 27 and April 3. Sitting in for me will be Mickail Hendi. Many thanks to Mickail for guest hosting! You can join him both days at or at 90.9 FM, 10 to 11 am MT. I'll return for the April 10 episode.



Wednesday, March 15, 2023

March 13, 2023

This was the first show back for me after two weeks away (thanks again for hosting, Tim Mah!) and it was a fun one. There was Indo-jazz crossed with Miles Davis, Turkish jazz, Muffins, a lesser-known Wayne Shorter (RIP!) tune, Frankenstein, and two McBrides. Check it out here.

I'll be away for a couple of weeks again soon. I'll miss the March 27 and April 3 shows (more on this coming up) but I'll still be able to host the March 20 program. Join me for that one from 10 to 11 am MT at or 90.9 FM.



Sunday, March 12, 2023

March 6, 2022

Tim Mah from Jazz Today guest-hosted this edition of Breaking The Tethers, as he did the previous week. The main thing was his interview with Mark DeJong and Jeff Sulima of the Redline Trio. He also played four of their tunes. You can listen to the recording of this show here.

I'm happy that I'll be back behind the boards and on the mic for BTT on Monday, March 13, usual time (10 to 11 am MT), usual place ( or 90.9 FM). No music this week, just some jazz.