Monday, November 27, 2017

November 27, 2017

This was another all-new program.  Good music all round, with a few faves ("Grunge" by the Keith Price Double Quartet, "Benzedrine shuffle", by Chris Murphy, and the "Sesame Street" theme by Delfeayo Marsalis).  Normally, Breaking The Tethers has a lean to the more "out-there" side of things but, today, there was a slant to straight-ahead jazz (though out-there stuff certainly wasn't absent).  Maybe I'll have an all-freaky show sometime just to balance things out? šŸ˜ƒ

I'm off to England for a week and a bit so I won't be the host of the Monday, December 4 show.  Linda Cunningham will be at the controls for that edition of BTT.  Please join Linda at 10 am MT, 90.9 fm or as she does her usual great job!  I'll be back for the Monday, December 11 show.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

November 20, 2017

Loads of new jazz (and jazz-ish) music has come my way in recent weeks, so much that I'm kinda backlogged with new stuff that I want to play.  Accordingly, I figured it was time for an "all-new" show, which was what this edition of Breaking The Tethers ended up being.  Some notes on a few of the tracks played:

"Echidna's arf (of you)" by the Ed Palermo Big Band - Doo-wop meets doo-bee in a Zappa cover with a great title (I've always liked it but I have no idea what it means!  I should look it up sometime)

"Humility" by Kamasi Washington - I played a track from Washington's 2015 triple-CD realease, The Epic, on the Nov. 13 Breaking The Tethers show, as a lead-in of sorts to "Humility".  Washington's new release is only a mere one CD; "Humility", with a great sax solo, is the best track on this new record (which is called Harmony of difference, BTW).

"She's got to be somewhere" by David Crosby - David Crosby made a Steely Dan record.  Seriously.

The next edition of BTT will be next Monday, November 27, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 fm,, usual time, usual place.  I'll be hosting this show but not the next one, on Monday, December 4; Linda Cunningham will be filling in for me that day (thanks in advance, Linda!).  Linda and I are also cooking something up for the December 25 (i.e. Christmas!) program; more on that soon!


November 13, 2017

I'm behind on making this post.  My apologies.  Just kept slipping behind on it.
Anyway, I'm catching up now!  This was a fun, solid show, IMHO.  All good music in a variety of styles, from a variety of dates.  Focusing a bit on the Kamasi Washington piece ("Final thought"), this was a precursor to the Nov. 20 show; more on this in the post for that program.


Sunday, November 12, 2017

November 6, 2017

This week's episode of BTT was hosted by Linda Cunningham, who played some great stuff, a very varied (always wanted to say that!) setlist.  Many thanks to Linda for filling in!  I'll be back for the next program, on Monday, November 13, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 fm,  Please join me!


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

October 30, 2017

First show after the annual CJSW funding drive (more on the FD below).  This was a particularly good one, I think.  Great music, mostly recent, in a variety of styles, with a few trips into the past.  And I managed to play 10 pieces of music in one hour (mostly; I only got to play about half of the last track in the show, "Call of the wild" by Lonnie Smith).

I will talk a bit about one track, the live BBC version of "Slightly all the time" by Soft Machine.  I play Soft Machine a bit too much, I know (I last played them about a month ago, I believe) but I wanted to fit in this song in because I put it on one of the funding drive CDs.  I had announced that all the tracks on the FD CDs had been played on Breaking The Tethers; however, I realized that the Soft Machine tune had not been played yet.  So, I amended that on the Oct. 30 show :-)

Turning to the 2017 CJSW Funding Drive, overall, the FD was a great success.  While the stretch goal of $250,000 was not reached, the main goal of $200,000 was met and more, hitting $210,000.  Looking at the Breaking The Tethers FD show, on Monday, October 23, frequent BTT guest host Linda Cunningham joined me for the hour and we had a great time; we chatted, we asked for money, and played some tunes (off the BTT mix CDs).  I'm not sure how much was pledged to BTT but I do know that there were at least a few folks who donated; I'll have more on this in the weeks to come.  Many thanks to everyone who pledged to Breaking The Tethers and to other CJSW programs!

I'll be away all of next week, in Charleston, SC, for a conference.  Linda will be filling in on the Monday, November 6 edition of BTT (many thanks as always, Linda!).  I'll be back for the Monday, November 13 edition.  Both shows, of course, will be on CJSW, 90.9 fm,



Monday, October 23, 2017

October 23, 2017

This was the annual funding drive show for Breaking The Tethers. As with the past two years, I was joined by usual BTT guest host Linda Cunningham.  We did what we said we were going to; we talked, we laughed, we played some tunes.  I hope everyone enjoyed listening. 

On the donation side, there were at least two pledges made while we were on air.  Many thanks to Devin and Colleen (and any others) for their pledges!  I won't know the final amount for the show until the after the drive ends; pledges can be made anytime for any show at  Pledges can also be made by calling 403-220-5000, 24 hours a day until Friday, October 27, 6 pm.  The total for the station as of about 10:30 am was $72,000 (it hit the $72,000 mark during Breaking The Tethers!).

I'll be back on air next week, Monday, October 30, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM, It'll be a regular kinda show though I may end up doing an all-new release program.  As I'll be away in Charleston, SC for the week, Linda will be behind the board for the Monday, November 6 show.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

CJSW Funding Drive 2017 and Breaking The Tethers


The annual CJSW ( funding drive (FD) begins tomorrow, Friday, October 20, at 9:00 am.  The FD is the week in the year when CJSW, Calgary's campus and community radio station, calls upon its great listeners for their support.  For 2017, the main goal is $250,000; all of this money will go to capital expenditures, including technical equipment and special projects.  There is also a "stretch" goal of $250,000 this year, which would allow for the purchase of a mobile recording kit.
The funding drive will end on Friday, October 27, at 6:00 pm.

For anyone who would like to pledge, you can call 403-220-5000 once the drive begins or go to  There are some fine incentives at various pledge levels; check them out at

The Breaking The Tethers 2017 FD show will take place on Monday, October 23, 10:00-11:00 am, 90.9 FM,  I will be joined by frequent Breaking The Tethers guest host, Linda Cunningham.  We'll chat and play some tracks off the mix CDs that will be available during the program (and all week, actually).

On that note, in addition to the station-level incentives, there will be three Breaking The Tethers mix CDs, each featuring music that has been featured on the show (I believe pretty much all in the last year, since the last funding drive).  These CDs will be available at the $100 pledge level and higher.  Here's what's on each one:

Breaking The Tethers CD 1

1. Steve Coleman and Five Elements – “The 42 Assessors”
2. Seamus Blake – “Transitions”
3. Chick Corea – “Captain Marvel”
4. Braxton Cook – “Mathis’ Tune (Interlude)”
5. Frode Gjerstad & Paal Nilssen-Love – “Flying Circus”
6. Mike Downes – “Root Structure”
7. Jaimie Branch – “The Storm”
8. Richard Thompson – “No Place For Hypocrites”
9. Revolutionary Snake Ensemble – “I Want That Sound!”
10. royceBIRTH – “JOHN”
11. David S. Ware/Apogee – “Prayer”
12. The Microscopic Quartet – secret track

Breaking The Tethers CD 2

1. Florian Hoefner – “Iceberg 1”
2. J@K@L + MichaĆ«l Attias – “Oblivion And Always Forgetting In The End”
3. Alien Ensemble – “Skeleton Dance”
4. Revolutionary Snake Ensemble – “Discoveries”
5. 1. Florian Hoefner – “Iceberg 2”
6. The Great Harry Hillman – “How To Dice An Onion”
7. Andy Adamson Quintet – “First Light”
8. Can Can Heads – “Feeding Of The 5”
9. Quincy Bullen – “Polar Dip”
10. Darius Jones Quartet featuring Emile Lesbros – “ Le bebe de Brigitte”
11. Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau – “The Watcher”

Breaking The Tethers CD 3

1. Sao Paulo Underground – “Lost Corners Boogie”
2. Sao Paulo Underground – “Desisto II”
3. Nick Fraser with Tony Malaby and Kris Davis – “I Needed It Yesterday”
4. Soft Machine – “Slightly All The Time” (live)
5. Opaluna – “Mahjong”
6. Lisa Hilton – “Caffeinated Culture”
7. Bobby Kapp & Matthew Shipp – “Snow Storm Coming”
8. Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda – “Om Rama”
9. Miriodor – “DĆ©boires Ć  Munich”
10. Lovebrain and DiskotƤschchen – “10. Dezember 2006”

11. William Parker/Raining On The Moon – “Bowl Of Stone Around The Sun”

Please tune in during the CJSW funding drive this year.  It'll be a great time and I'd love for everyone to join in the fun!  Pledging is also strongly welcomed! :-)

Many thanks.