Monday, May 20, 2019

May 20, 2019

Only six tracks played this week but it was all good stuff.  For the most part, I haven't played that many long tunes recently so I made up for that by including two pieces about 15 minutes long each here ("The bride" by the Brotherhood of Breath and "Pegasus" by Wayne Shorter).

Looking at the tracklist on the Breaking The Tethers page on the CJSW site (see above), I noticed that the last two songs, "Lulu's back in town" and "The halfway three", are in the wrong spots.  "Lulu" was the last track played and "The halfway three" was just before it.  Apologies for any confusion.

The next episode of BTT will be Monday, May 27, 10-11 am MT, or 90.9 FM.  I suspect it'll be a similar kinda show to what we had today.


May 13, 2019

I am bad.  I forgot to post about the May 13 show.  My apologies.  To be quick, it was a good one.  Lots of tunes played (10!) with plenty of variety.

There you go.  All done 😀


Monday, May 6, 2019

May 6, 2019

The big thing this week was a visit Apollo Suns from Winnipeg. On tour supporting their new release, Dawn offerings, they dropped by CJSW to chat and play some tunes, their second time here. The music was fantastic and it was great to chat with Ed and the other members of the band again.
You can hear the performance again by following the link above.

I played a song for the late Linda Cunningham, "The oracle" by Kenny Barron and Dave Holland,  I know she liked this song and the record it came from. I send it to wherever she may be...

Next week, it's back to a regular show.  Join me on Monday, May 13, 2019, on CJSW, 90.9 FM,, 10-11 am MT.


Friday, May 3, 2019

April 29, 2019

The first thing I need to do here is to note the recent passing of Linda Cunningham, longtime CJSW volunteer and occasional host and co-host of Breaking The Tethers. Linda filled in for me quite often (as recently as March 25) and we hosted several BTT Christmas and Funding Drive shows together; those two shows this year will be lonely without her.  I got to know Linda over the last few years and I have to say she was quite the character.  She was sick but I thought she'd be around a bit longer. She'll be missed by me, her CJSW family, and many more.

Anyway, this show ended up being another all-new program. I had planned to play some older material from a handful of CDs from home but I left them at home (I've done this before!).  So, I just went with the new stuff at the station. It ended up being a pretty good show, with a large number of tunes played (for a jazz program), a fair amount of Canadian content, etc.

The main event for next week's edition of Breaking The Tethers will be a live performance by Winnipeg's own Apollo Suns!  They were on my show about a year ago and are very kindly returning as they tour behind their new release, Dawn offerings (  Tune in for some great live music on Monday, May 6, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM,



Monday, April 22, 2019

April 22, 2019

This was the CJSW Listener Appreciation Week (LAW) edition of Breaking The Tethers.  Most CJSW programs present some sort of special show during this week.  I was somewhat stumped about what to do when I thought "let's just go crazy".  And that's what I did.  I went for the all-freak-out show, featuring four wild jazz tracks, beginning with Coltrane's infamous "Om" (apparently recorded on LSD), in it's entirety.  Needless to say, I had fun! Next week's program will be back to the more usual formats; a mix of jazz-type stuff, in some different styles, from some different time periods.

On the subject of Listener Appreciation Week, LAW is still going on, with the last day being Friday, April 26.  There's a patch to pick up, prizes to win, and more! Check it all out here.

Join me soon for the next Breaking The Tethers, on Monday, April 29, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM,



Monday, April 15, 2019

April 15, 2019

This week's episode ended up being an all-new show.  I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do and I figured, "all new, why not".  I still have quite a backlog of new release material on my "to play" list plus it's been a little while since I did a program like this.  I think it worked out quite well, with a nice mix of music.

CJSW Listener Appreciation Week (LAW) is coming up soon, from April 21-28.  Here's what you can do:

Visit your favourite CJSW show page and claim your very own limited edition patch!

Wear our heart on your sleeve. We're nothing without you, our amazing listeners.

Join the CJSW Radio Squad!

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For the Breaking The Tethers LAW show, I'll be doing an"all freak-out" special, presenting an hour of way out-there jazz. Suggestions for tracks to play are very welcome.  Join me on Monday, April 222, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM,


Monday, April 8, 2019

April 8, 2019

Another all-over-the-map kinda show. Wide and varied music, both old and new. This program was also notable because I played three (!) pieces with vocals (is that a record for BTT?) and I managed to fit 12 songs into the hour of the show; I've played more on occasion but I rarely get beyond eight or nine.

I'm hoping that the next edition of Breaking The Tethers will be just as cool. Join me on Monday, April 15, 10-11 am MT on CJSW, 90.9 FM,