Monday, February 12, 2018

February 12, 2017

A few notes about today's show:

*Only one older track played today (everything else was newly released), the free-form "Alpha omega apocalypse" by the late Bruce Palmer, from 1971.  Even though the it was the sole "oldie" on BTT, it made up for it in length, running at 16+ minutes.  It also featured vocals from the one and only Rick James!

*Interestingly, all the new pieces of music just had one word titles.  The only multi-word title belonged to "Alpha omega apocalypse".  Honestly, I didn't plan this!

*I cut off the first few minutes of the show on the recording.  My apologies.  Fortunately, it just chops out some of my rambling and not any music!

That's it!  Thanks for listening this week.

The next episode of Breaking The Tethers will be on Monday, February 19, 2018, from 10-11 am MT, on radio station CJSW, 90.9 fm or


Monday, February 5, 2018

February 5, 2018

Another mixed bag of sounds, much like last week, with mostly new(ish) tracks played.  This week was a bit less "out there" than last. I did a thematic book-end of sorts today, with two songs with the word "nebula" in their titles starting and ending a set of four tunes ("Nebular" by Food from their 2012 album Mercurial balm - a fave of mine - and "Nebula" by the Liebman/Murley Quartet from their 2017 record Live at U of T).  I've got a few more bookends in the planning stages...

See ya next week, Monday, February 5, 2018, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM,

Thanks for listening!


Monday, January 29, 2018

January 29, 2018

This was the last show for January 2018 (already!) and was much in the same line as last week, mostly new material with some visits to the past, largely leaning to the outer rim of the jazz world though with some variety (my run-on sentence for the day!).  There we go, program summed up! :-)

The next show will be on at the usual time, usual place, Monday, February 5, 2018, radio station CJSW, 90.9 FM or

Thanks for listening!


Monday, January 22, 2018

January 22, 2018

After a couple of weeks of featuring all-new material, this show featured a return to the more usual format of older and more recent content being played.  That being said, it still had a lean to the newer side, with six of the eight tracks played coming from 2017 (I think one track, by Tricia Edwards, is actually a 2018 release though I'm not 100% sure). 

This show also had lean to the out-there side of jazz a bit, manifest especially in the first piece of music played, Nels Cline and Gregg Bendian's loud, noisy, and crazed cover of John Coltrane's "Leo" (from their 1999 release, Interstellar space revisited).  Admittedly, I really liked this!  I hope it gave some folks a mid-morning freak-out :-)

The next BTT episode will be on Monday, January 29, 2018, usual place, usual time i.e. CJSW, 90.9 fm or, 10-11 am MT.  Please join me if you can!

As well, remember that you can listen to Breaking The Tethers shows going back several months at  You can also listen and subscribe via iTunes, in the podcast section.  The same goes for other CJSW programs.


Monday, January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

Another all-new edition of Breaking The Tethers here (gotta work through that backlog!).  Fave title this week: "The snakes always talk about the ill-fitting doll clothes on the chickens" by Tryyo.

An apology with the podcast: I chopped off the first few minutes of this show.  Not too much is missing; some talking from me (not important) and a bit of the first tune (important).

Next week's program, Monday, January 22, 10-11 am MT, will not be an "all-new" show.  I've done two of those in a row and it's time to go back to the usual mix of older and newer material.  Join me for this "not all-new" show at 90.9 FM or


Friday, January 12, 2018

January 8, 2018

I've got a big backlog of new material that I'd like to feature on Breaking The Tethers.  Accordingly, I turned this into an "all-new" show.  Fave track this week: "Apocalympics" by the Gordon Grdina Quartet.  Couldn't resist playing something with that title, especially considering that the winter olympics are only about a month away (not that this is a commentary on the olympics!).

The next show will be on Monday, January 15, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM,  This will also be an "all-new" program, again, just to put a dent in the backlog.  I think the show after that, January 22, will feature the more common mix of old and new music.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

January 1, 2018

This was the first Breaking The Tethers show of the new year.  It was connected to the list of 2017 top (jazz) albums that I put together and appeared on the CJSW Twitter feed (@CJSW) at the same time as this show (in no particular order):

Rubim de Toledo - The gap
Alien Ensemble - Alien Ensemble 2
Hudson - Hudson
Keith Price - Double quartet
Pharaoh Sanders - Tauhid, Jewels of thought, and Deaf dumb blind (summun kukmun umyun) (reissues)
Chicago/London Underground - A night walking through mirrors
David S. Ware & Matthew Shipp Duo - Live in Sant'Anna Arrest, 2004
William Parker/Raining On The Moon - Great spirit
David S. Ware/Apogee - Birth of a being
Quinsin Nachoff - Flux

The tracks I played in this show were from a few of these albums (I only have an hour, can't play them all!) but were songs that I hadn't played earlier.  It was a nice mix, I thought.