Monday, October 9, 2017

October 9, 2017

This was possibly the most straight-ahead edition of Breaking The Tethers that I've ever done.  Well, it wasn't that straight plus I've been doing the show for 11 years and I've likely done a straighter one. :-)  That being said, it was a bit more "normal" than usual.  Nothing wrong with that, though.  It was all good music, mostly new, and much of it Canadian.

Next week's program will feature Linda Cunningham as guest host.  I'm away that day.  Linda will do her usual great job so be sure to tune in, Monday, October 16, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM,

Two weeks from now, on Monday, October 23, it'll be the annual 2017 CJSW Funding Drive show for Breaking The Tethers.  I'll have more on both the show and the Drive soon but I will say that Linda will be joining me for this year's FD show once again!  Also, check out


Monday, October 2, 2017

October 2, 2017

A solid show with some interesting music, I thought.  The "bookend" for this program was two tracks from trumpeter Eddie Gale's first and second albums; "The rain" from Ghetto music in 1968 and "Look at Teyonda" from Black rhythm happening in 1969 (he didn't put out another record until 1992).  Great, spacey stuff with groove.

On another note, I found out today that the CJSW Funding Drive 2017 page is up and running.  Check out  More on FD CJSW soon!


Thursday, September 28, 2017

September 18, 2017

It went AWOL for a while due to technical issues (my fault) but, finally, here's the link to the podcast and tracklist for the Sept. 18 edition of Breaking The Tethers.  Apologies for this taking so long. Anyway, this was a solid show, I thought, with an interesting bookend in the middle set employing the word "Hudson".


Monday, September 25, 2017

September 25, 2017

Two main things to point out from today's program:

1) 11 tracks played in this episode.  This may not seem like much but, normally, at most, I end up featuring at most nine tracks in a show.  There's no problem playing any number, of course, but sometimes it's just nice to get a lot of tunes out there.

2) Plenty of Canadian content in the show.  7/11 were Canadian.  Again, normally, the number is less, usually one, two, or three. It's always great to be able to showcase Canadian musicians.

And, of course, the music was all good, too! :-)


Sept. 18, 2017 podcast and tracklist AWOL

In case you've been looking for it, the podcast and tracklist for the Sept. 18 show have gone AWOL. See here.  It's a technical issue and one that is my fault.  It should be easily fixed and I hope to get the link for Sept. 18 plus some comments posted here soon.

On a related note, I'll also get something up for the Sept 25 program up in the very near future.



Monday, September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017

Look!  I finally made a post on the day of the show!  Haven't done that for a long time!

Anyway, today's program was much in the vein of last week's, with the usual mix overall, a long track to begin things ("The 42 assessors" by Steve Coleman and Five Elements", which hopefully weirded out no small number of folks with its mix of chanted ancient Egyptian prayers and free jazz!), two Horace Silver tracks from the 60s, a great bass feature ("Root structure" by Mike Downes), and some Jethro Tull ("One for John Gee").  It all went together well in a big aural soup, I think.  More of the same next week... most likely :-)


Sunday, September 10, 2017

September 4, 2017

While I'm not as late with this post as I was for the Aug. 28 show, I am still so here's a (smaller) apology.

This week marked a return to the "normal/usual" format for Breaking The Tethers, a mix of styles (leaning a bit to more "out there" sounds) and dates, featuring music that could be called jazz in some form or other.  I thought today's show fit together very well and, at the same time, was kind of all over the map.  It'll be the same kind of thing next week (Sept. 11).