Saturday, January 19, 2019

November 12, 2018

A bit of everything in this show; old and new, different styles, etc. Kind of a typical Breaking The Tethers episode. The surprise for me was how much I liked the Zara McFarlane song ("Woman in the olive groves").  I'm not the biggest fan of vocal jazz, to say the least, but I'd forgotten that Zara is step different and a step better (or more) than the usual vocal jazz fare.


PS This would have been my dad's 82nd birthday.

Friday, January 18, 2019

November 5, 2018

This was fun show to do (aren't they all?!) and one that fell together very well.  I also put a fair amount of time into the construction of this one (not that I slack off normally!), which may explain why it worked out so good.  Here's a few things of note:

*I managed to fit in the complete "As falls Wichita, so falls Wichita Falls" by Metheny and Mays, from the album of the same name.  I'd played Brian Baggett's (shorter) version of this piece the week before so it seemed appropriate to feature the original as well (I'm not sure I had played the original before... maybe a decade ago?)

*There were two versions of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" on the show, bookmarking a long set of tunes.    There are a surprising and, I think, increasing number of jazz covers of this song out there.

*In the middle of the long set, I featured the revitalized Soft Machine playing their version, in two sections, of the first part of the opus from the Third LP, "Out-bloody-rageous".  One of my all-time fave tunes.  And from a very good new record, Hidden details.  Can't play too much Soft Machine (well, maybe you can... maybe I do?)


January 7, 2019

For Breaking The Tethers, 2019 started with a "best of 2018" program.  I picked 10 jazz (more or less) records that came out in 2018 and that reached out and grabbed me.  From each of these, I played one track; some of these had been played before on BTT, others not.  In no particular order, the records are:

Chip Wickham - Shamal wind
Forgas Band Phenomena - L'oreille electrique
Various - The thousand incarnations of the rose: American primitive guitar & and banjo (1963-1974)
John Coltrane - Both directions at once: the lost album
Marc Ribot - Songs of resistance, 1942-2018
Miles Davis & John Coltrane - The final tour: the bootleg series, vol. 6
The Nels Cline 4 - Currents, constellations
Soft Machine - Hidden details
Sons of Kemet -Your queen is a reptile
Steve Tibbets - Steve Tibbets

A caveat: I missed some good stuff, I know.  There was loads of good music released last year and this is just a small representative sample.  If I was to compile this list today, I might make some different choices (or I might not).  I also limited my choices to recordings that I'd heard and heard in full. No offence intended to anyone left off this list.


January 14, 2019

This was the first "regular" edition of Breaking The Tethers for 2019 (the January 7 program was a "best of 2018" show).  Well, maybe not that regular.  I planned to do an "all-new" show regardless but I figured I would make it an "all-Canadian, all-new" show, something I don't think I've ever done.  I believe I've had a few all-Canadian programs and I've done many all-new editions of BTT but I don't think I've actually put the two together before.  Anyway, I think it worked well, nicely showcasing 10 recent Canadian jazz(-ish) tunes (including two tracks from the just-released Musicworks compilation, #132).  Fave title from this week: "Squish it" by Lina Allemano (who I mistakenly called Lisa; my apologies).

Next week's program is going to be another "all-new" show.  I'm undecided at this point but I might even do another "all-Canadian, all-new" thing... we'll see...  At any rate, please join me on Monday, January 21, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM,

As always, thanks for listening!


Friday, January 4, 2019

October 29, 2018

I realized I'm now over two months behind in postings about Breaking The Tethers episodes. I am now attempting to rectify this situation.  My apologies for slacking off so badly.  It won't happen again.  Really.  Honest. 

Anyway, click on the link above to go to the tracklist and podcast for the Oct. 29 show, which was a good, solid program with new (mostly) and older music, in several styles.  Enough said.


Sunday, November 11, 2018

November 8, 2018 (Alternative To What?)

Kerry Clarke, longtime host of Alternative To What?, once again handed me the reins of her show for this week (thanks, Kerry!).  I am always pleased to fill in when she's away as it gives me an opportunity to broadcast at a different time on a different day and, most importantly, venture outside of the jazz world that I usually feature on Breaking The Tethers, my regular program.  And venture I did.  The tracklist at the above link is literally all over the musical map.  And so it should be :-)

I'm next on air on Monday, November 12, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM,, for my usual show.  Please join me then.


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

October 22, 2018 - Funding Drive 2018 show!

This was the annual Breaking The Tethers CJSW funding drive show.  Frequent Breaking The Tethers guest host Linda Cunningham was able to join me for the first half of the program and I chatted with CJSW community Development coordinator, Simon MacLeod, for part of the second half.  Many thanks to both!  Many thanks also to everyone who pledged to the show!  Last I heard, the total for the hour was $420 (though there may be some post-show pledges).

Of course, you can still pledge to CJSW for BTT or any other show, until 6 pm MT this coming Friday, October 26.  Just call 403-220-5000 or go to!

The next episode of Breaking The Tethers will be a regular kind of show, probably mostly featuring a mix of newly-released material. Join me on Monday, October 29, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM or