Wednesday, December 19, 2007

December 19, 2007

"Interlude" - Manteca (Onward!)
"Stacked Mary Possum" - Bruce Hornsby/Christian McBride/JackDeJohnette (Camp meeting)
"Killer Joe" - Benny Golson (One day, forever)
"Good King Wenceslas" - Simon Fisk/Stephen Fisk/Tim Fisk (Calm adibe: Christmas reflections)
"Rumors" - The Jason Lindner Big Band (Live at the Jazz Gallery)
"Mixed message" - The Nels Cline Singers (Draw breath)
"Open music" - Steve Lehman Quintet (On meaning)
"Strangeness in the night" - John Scofield (This meets that)
"The way you see it" - Jerrold Dubyk Quartet (The way you see it)
"Maleah" - Les McCann (Les is more)
"Pullin' strings" - Shelly Manne & His Men (At the Black Hawk, vol. 5)
"One for honor" - McCoy Tyner (Horizon)
"The torchbearers" - Chris Mitchell Quintet (Spectrum)
"Bitches brew" - Miles Davis Septet (Fillmore West, October 15, 1970)
"Little knox" - The Rosemary Galloway Quartet (Live at the Montreal Bistro)
"The night has a thousand eyes" - Denny Zeitlin/David Friesen (Denny Zeitlin/David Friesen)
"Track 3" - David Murray/Sunny Murray Quintet (WXPJN-FM, Philadelphia, August 21, 1975)
"Tapawingo" - Bob James (Dancing on the water)
"Corn meal dance" - William Parker/Raining On The Moon (Corn meal dance)
"Serenity" - John Coltrane (Meditations)

This was a showfill for "Lush life", the Wednesday morning jazz program on CJSW. The regular host of that show, Megan, and I did a switch this week; she did "Breaking the tethers" while I did her program.

Nothing too amazing in this setlist but it was all consistently good stuff. The Coltrane piece at the end was a request by some guys who were stuck in traffic on Deerfoot Trail. I hope they eventually managed to escape!

Next week, I'll be back in my usual slot (Tuesday, 6-9 am) for my usual show (Breaking the tethers). As it will be Christmas Day, I'll be doing a special show, sort of a Christmas freak-out. I plan to play all sorts of wild stuff. Tentatively on deck for the show will be (more) Coltrane, Thurston Moore and Rashied Ali, Ornette Coleman, a drum battle between Ginger Baker and Art Blakey, and many more.


Monday, December 17, 2007

September 26, 2006

"Persona non grata" - Mike Rud (Live from Lotusland)
"Hare Krishna - Hail Krishna" - Tony Scott (Hare Krishna compilation)
"Got lip" - Alex Bellegarde Quartet (Caminando)
"Clustering" - Flat Earth Society (Presents psychoscout)
"Suite unseen: ancestral stroll" - Babatunde Lea (Suite unseen: summoner of ghosts)
"Mourning doves" - Jim Baker (More questions than answers)
"Way you look tonight" - Deep Blue Organ Trio (Live at the Green Mill)
"Psalm 13" - October Trio (Day in)
"Chela" - Francisco Mela (Melao)
"Unititled duet" - Albert Ayler (Impulse years)
"Satin doll" - Joe Pass (Original jazz classics)
"Spy on me blues" -World Saxophone Quartet (Political blues)
"Pars III" - Johannes Bauer/Annick Nozati/Fred Van Hove (Organo pleno)
"Legalize it" - Medeski, Scofield, Martin, and Wood (Out louder)
"India" - Prima Materia (Peace on earth)
"We" - Robert Barry and Fred Anderson (Duets)
"Hostage release party" - Rabnett 5 (Dan's party)
"Moon face again" - Hilario Duran (From the heart)
"Noemie" - Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid (Exchange session vol 2)
"One o'clock jump" - Count Basie (Live at the Sands)
"Last of the chicken wings" - Kidd Jordan, Hamid Drake, William Parker (Palm of soul)
"I" - Bang on a Can and Don Byron (Ballad for many)
"In a moment" - Martin Speake (Change of heart)

Looking back, this was a great show. Plenty of wild and experimental/avant stuff tempered by the odd "old school" and latin pieces. Perhaps my fave track from this edition was the "Untitled duet" from Albert Ayler's Last album (released after his unfortunate demise); a bagpipe and electric guitar duel, can't get much better than that! (well, maybe not, but I do like that kind of stuff). "Noemie" from Hebden and Reid also made a splash; I had a number of calls about this one. I'll have to play more from these two sometime; they have at least two CDs out and it has been a while since anything from them was aired on Breaking the Tethers.


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

December 11, 2007

"Mind the gap" - Altered Laws Quartet (Metaphora)
"Finding and believing" - Pat Metheny (Secret story)
"Lay lady lay" - Keith Jarrett (The Dylan concert)
"The song is you" - Mimi Fox (Perpetually hip)
"The late late blues" - Milt Jackson & John Coltrane (Bags and Trane)
"Facing west" - Steve Coleman (Invisible paths: first scattering)
"Hebvark" - Fond Of Tigers (Release the saviours)
"Spenny loses again" - Jerrold Dubyk Quartet (The way you see it)
"Navad (the wanderer)" - 3 Cohens (Braid)
"Ah-leu-cha" - Archie Shepp (Steam)
"595" - Ron Carter (Dear Miles)
"Miyako/Black nile" - The Fred Hersch Trio (Live at the Village Vanguard)
"Tuff love" - Galactic with Trombone Shorty (From the corner to the block)
"Jazzy" - Claude Bolling (Suite for flute & jazz piano trio no. 2)
"Bike lane" - Richard Underhill (Kensington suite)
"Afro blue" - Mongo Santamaria (Afro blue: the Picante collection)
"Hat and beard" - Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbeque (Ai Confini Tra Sargenda e Jazz 2004, Piazza del Nuraghe, Sant'Anna Aressi, August 29, 2004)
"Ashe a go-go" - Sonic Liberation Front (Ashe a go-go)
"Olsen twins supoena" - Josh Roseman (New constellations)
"Untitled" - Luca Sirigu Trio (Ai Confini Tra Sargenda e Jazz 2004, Piazza del Nuraghe, Sant'Anna Aressi, August 29, 2004)
"Ringing changes" - Sonic Fiction (Changing with the times)

Some comments on this week's show:

*The Pat Metheny tune ("Finding and believing") was an interesting discovery from a so-so album (Secret story). At least one listener agreed with me and called in to ask about it.

*"Spenny loses again" - Jerrold Dubyk must watch Kenny Vs. Spenny ( An insane show, not for the faint of heart.

*The new Richard Underhill album, Kensington suite, is better than I thought it would be (I wasn't that fond of his last one). There are a few particularly interesting tunes, including the one I played today, "Bike lane". I hope to play more of it in the following weeks.

*I loved the title of the Josh Roseman track, "Olsen twins subpoena".

Next week, I'll be switching programs with the Wednesday jazz program host, Megan. She'll be doing Breaking The Tethers while I'll be doing Lush Life. I'll be back on Tuesday the following week, for my Christmas day freak-out (of sorts).


Friday, December 7, 2007

September 19, 2006

"Winter" - Verismo (Verismo)
"So what" - Miles Davis (Miles in Tokyo)
"Ma bel" - Kenny Wheeler (Double, double you)
"La vaca" - Alex Bellegarde Quartet (Caminando)
"Whispers" - Arild Anderson (Electra)
"Summit conference" - Reggie Workman (Summit conference)
"Chowder" - Ugestsu (Live at the Cellar)
"Waterman" - Flat Earth Society (Presents psychoscout)
"Endless cycle" - Airto Moreira (Other side of this)
"Human blockhead" - NOJO with Sam Rivers (City of neighbourhoods)
"Despite impending doom" - Book Lily Dead Posie (Book Lily Dead Posie)
"Bob's place" - Freddie Hubbard (Artistry of Freddie Hubbard)
"Bluocracy, part 3" - World Saxophone Quartet (Political blues)
"Venn" - Martin Speake (Change of heart)
"As one" - Trio Beyond (Saudades)
"Hwaaaaah" - Tokyosexwhale (Larger than lice)
"Solid ether" - Nils Petter Molvaer (American compilation)
"Spirits up above" - Rashaan Roland Kirk (Kings of jazz)
"Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah-Hum Allah" - Pharoah Sanders (Jewels of thought)
"Bathyal" - Susanne Abbuehl (Compass)
"All blues" - Inside Out (What is this thing?)
"7-2-3 drum solo" - Tyler Hornby (Shadows of a brighter day)
"Atlantic rising" - Sunship Ensemble (Ready or not 2)
"Mother of the future" - Bemeber Segue (Kings of jazz)

The star of this show, in some ways, is Sam Rivers. I inadvertantly played him twice, once with NOJO ("Human blockhead") and once as a member of Miles Davis' group on the Miles in Tokyo recording ("So what"). On this last one, Rivers' solo is great but he definitely stands out (or apart); I guess this is why he didn't last too long as part of the Davis ensemble at that time.

I was pleased to be able to fit in the lengthy "Hum-Allah etc." by Pharoah Sanders, yodelling and all.


Tuesday, December 4, 2007

December 4, 2007

Here's the setlist for this past Tuesday. I had hoped to get it up yesterday or on Tuesday but I'm still fighting that three-week-long cold and I took myself out of action for most of yesterday. Sorry for the delay. I think (hope) I'm on the mend now.

"Punchy" - Brad Turner Quartet (Small wonder)
"Nardis "- Eddie Gomez (Dedication)
"One world family" - Kahil El'Zabar & David Murray (We is: live at the Bop Shop)
"Virement manuel et pincage" - Michel F. Cote ((juste) Claudette)
"Val C" - Alain Caron (Conversations)
"Eamonn Andrews" - Soft Machine (Orange skin food)
"Curse fraction" - Steve Lehman Quintet (On meaning)
"Upside downes" - Ron Davis (Subarashi live)
"Life fragments" - Avi Granite (9 red tree)
"Miss Kaba" - Erik Truffaz (Arkhangelsk)
"Spectrum" - The Tony Williams Lifetime (Emergency)
"Come on let's go" - Darren Barrett (The attack of wren)
"Unmistakably Monk" - Mike Allen & George McFetridge (Threads)
"I am the walrus" - Tony Wilson 6tet (Pearls before swine)
"March of the magi" - Simon Fisk/Stephen Fisk/Tim Fisk (Calm adibe: Christmas reflections)
"Sinster two" - Wilson/Lee/Bentley (Escondido dreams)
"Adam's road" - Tex Allen (The Tex Allen song book)
"Attempted" - The Nels Cline Singers (Draw breath)
"Life light" - The Jason Lindner Big Band (Live at the Jazz Gallery)
"We'll be together again" - The Rosemary Galloway Quartet (Live at the Montreal Bistro)
"Other side of the sun" - The David Joel Quartet (Spiral sky)

Lots of brand new and almost-brand new items in this show, much of it Canadian. I was particularly fond of the Tony Wilson 6tet's version of "I am the walrus" and "Life light" by the Jason Lindner Big Band, which has a great bass solo (apologies to the guy who called asking about this track; I didn't mean to be abrupt with you but the tune was just about to end and I had to move levers, push buttons, and talk). It was also nice to play some more Soft Machine, one of my fave UK jazz-rock bands.

It looks like I'll be doing my usual slot on Christmas Day. Right now, I plan to do a Christmas freak-out of sorts. I won't give too much away but I plan to take the show into some kinda crazed territory (more crazed than usual, I mean).


Monday, December 3, 2007

September 12, 2006

I've been out of action for a while, fighting the never-ending cold that many people seem to have and, more importantly, taking care of my other half following her knee surgery (total ACL reconstruction). She definitely seems to be on the mend while I'm only partly recovered from the cold (though I suspect I'll live). Anyway, I'm back to posting, this time a blast from the past, September 12, 2006:

"Calling Miss Khadija" - Brad Turner (Jazz to the max (vol. 1))
"Quiet fire" - Roy Haynes (Kings of jazz)
"JAMO meets SAMO" - Jason Moran (Soundtrack to human motion)
"Part II b" - Keith Jarrett (Koln concert)
"African flute" - Herbie Mann (Afro-jazziac bop)
"Chemistries I" - Christy Doran/Fredy Studer/Bobby Buri/Olivier Magnenat
(Music for two double-basses, electric guitar and drums)
"Sixth sense" - Don Pullen Quintet (Sixth sense)
"Devil may care" - Kate Hammett-Vaughan Quintet (Devil may care)
"We are" - Bluiett/Jackson/El'Zabar (Calling)
"Plantain surgery"- Big Satan (Soulssaved.hear)
"Outpost" - Chris Gestrin (Stillpoint)
"Thinking of you" - Brad Goode (Hypnotic suggestion)
"You know, you know" - Mahavishnu Orchestra (Inner mounting flame)
"Struttin' with some Barbi-Q" - Brigham Phillips Big Band (And it really was)
"Hidden strength" - Ted Moses Quintet (Ready or not 2)
"In and out" - Wes Montgomery(Talkin' Verve: roots of Acid jazz)
"Gabor Gado" - Peter Eotvos (Snatches)
"Spirits in transit" - 4 Hero (Kings of jazz)
"Said in silence" - October Trio (Day in)
"My break tune" - George Johnson, Jr. (All star tribute)
"Old school" - Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Buck jump)
"2 and 2" - SF Jazz Collective (SF Jazz Collective 2)
"Beloved gift" - Bernie Senensky Trio (Ready or not 2)
"Simple interlude" - Michael Bates' Outside Sources (Fine balance)

This was an interesting show. It featured a fair number of Canadian performers, may of whom I have played since, as well as a two tracks from each of the compilations that were on the playlist at that time, Kings of jazz (I loved "Spirits in transit") and Ready or not 2. First appearances include Wes Montgomery with "In and out"; dig that groovy sound! I even managed to play a track from an album I really didn't like that much, the Brigham Phillips Big Band's "Struttin' with some Barbi-Q" from And it really was; fairly mushy big band music but one tune was tolerable.

I'll try to keep postings more regular from here on out, both the current shows and the "catch up" ones. I'm back on the air tomorrow after a two-week break (many thanks to Morning Joy's Philip Barker for filling in for me!).


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

November 20, 2007

"Scrapper" - Alain Caron (Conversations)
"Take the cake" - Jesse Van Ruller (Trio)
"Soledad" - William Parker/Raining On The Moon (Corn meal dance)
"Kiss and run" - Sonny Rollins (Plus four)
"Little bits" - Leo Smith (Rastafari)
"Hope flows… like water" - Tom Teasley (Painting time)
"Black satin (remix)" - Miles Davis (Evolution of the groove)
"Decollement" - Charlie Hunter and Bobby Previte as Groundtruther with John Medeski (Altitude)
"Downtown east side picnic" - The Bob Murphy Quartet (Downtown east side picnic)
"Wink leak/Traps/Leonard Feather" - Bley/Sheppard/Swallow/Drummond (The lost chords)
"Muir Woods suite: phase 5" - George Duke (Muir Woods suite)
"No problem" - Clarke Terry (Color changes)
"Manha de caranaval" - Ed Bickert (At last)
"Jump up, get down" - The Brubeck Brothers Quartet (Intuition)
"Billy duck" - Marilyn Crispell and Gerry Hemingway (Duo)
"That way" - Spacious couch (Tonal vision)
"Summertime" - Matthew Shipp String Trio (Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival, Knitting Factory, New York, June 8, 2000)
"Les nuits de Monsieur Naj" - Erik Truffaz (Arkhangelsk)
"Rocket #9" - Hugh Marsh (Hugmars)
"Mixed message" - The Nels Cline Singers (Draw breath)
"Ghost of Betsy" - Terence Blanchard (A tale of God's will (a requiem for Katrina))

Not a bad little show. I managed to make it through OK with the remnants of a very bad cold. My faves from this week: "Billy duck" by Crispell and Hemingway (I've just discovered Marilyn Crispell), Shipp's version of "Summertime" (I know this almost overwhelmed at least one person who was listening to the show), "Les nuits de Monsieur Naj" by Truffaz, and "Rocket #9" by Hugh Marsh (gotta love a Sun Ra cover!).

I won't be doing Breaking The Tethers next week (November 27). Philip Barker from Morning Joy will be more than ably taking my spot. I'll be back for the December 4 show.


Monday, November 19, 2007

September 5, 2006

"Mean Ameen" - Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble (Live at the original Velvet Lounge)
"Huff" - Junction (Self portrait)
"Hat and beard" - Eric Dolphy (Out to lunch)
"Industrial suite" - Paul Bley, Jimmy Guiffre, Steve Swallow (Life of a trio: Sunday)
"Chimera" - Tanya Kalmanovitch (Hut five)
"VI" - Bang on a Can and Don Byron (Ballad for many)
"Quiet" - Sandro Dominelli (Meet me in the alley)
"Fragile" - Brand X (Do they hurt?)
"Purple gazella" - Duke Ellington (Afro-bossa)
"Live in the ideal" - Simon Fisk (Intent)
"Freak in" - Dave Douglas (Freak in)
"Young rabbits" - Jazz Crusaders (Kings of jazz)
"Lowblow" - Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey, Lenny White (Electric)
"Dazed and confused" - Lesismore (At last)
"Garvey's ghost" - Max Roach (Percussion bitter sweet)
"Optica torre" - Tripleplay (Expansion slang)
"Before Kirk" - Chris Tarry (Of battles unknown mysteries)
"Greek street break in" - Sadik Hakim (Ready or not 2)
"Kali noire" - Catherine Potter (Duniya project)
"Space odyssey" - Detroit Experiment (Detroit experiment)
"Facelift" - Soft Machine (Third)
"D.B.G. blues" - Oliver Jones (Have fingers, will travel)
"Wedding song" - Zubot & Dawson (Strang)
"Digestivo" - Mark Dresser Trio (Aquifer)
"So often" - Kidd Jordan, Hamid Drake, William Parker (Palm of soul)
"Divisions " - Nomo (Newtones)

There were a fair number of Canadian performers in this show as well as several "first plays" (such as Eric Dolphy and Duke Ellington). In addition, there were some real "highlight" tracks, at least for me :-) These included Dave Douglas' "Freak in", "Space odyssey" by the Detroit Experiment (I've since played the original by Marcus Belgrave twice; it's a fantastic piece), and "Facelift" by Soft Machine (I've said it before, I love that "Third" LP by the Softs!). Hmm, these are all kinda spacey tunes; I wonder if there's a trend there... And, of course, Ready or not 2 gets milked again, this time for "Greek street break in" by Sadik Hakim.


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

August 29, 2006

"Rundle" - Murley Braid Quartet (Mnemosyne's March)
"Love and hate" - Jackie McLean (Destination out)
"Interlude" - Wayne Shorter (Alegria)
"Road hog" - Nojo (You are here)
"War orphans" - Charlie Haden (Liberation music orchestra)
"Black sabbath" - Andrew Hill (Dance with death)
"Five per cent for nothing" - Yes (Fragile)
"Razor's edge" - Dave Holland Big Band (What goes around)
"Patrician" - Springer and Ducommun (New country)
"Garr" - Jaki Byard (Family man)
"Morning prayer" - Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid (Exchange session vol 1)
"Les policemen" - Mother of Pearl (SheBop!)
"Youth orientated" - Happy Apple (Youth orientated)
"1110 Dovercourt" - D.E.W. East (D.E.W. East meets Nick Brignola)
"Nocturnal transmission" - Medeski, Martin, and Wood (Uninvisible)
"In the details" - Coat Cooke Trio (Up down down up)
"Enfant" - John Zorn (Spy vs spy)
"Song for Che" - Aaly Trio + Ken Vandermark (Hidden in the stomach)
"Sun ship" - John Coltrane (Sun ship)
"I'm getting sentimental over you" - Ella Fitzgerald (Original jazz classics)
"Improvisie" - Paul Bley (Improvisie)
"Journey to strange" - Carnival Skin (Carnival skin)
"Modus operandy" - Michael Brecker (Wide angles)
"Cat's back" - John Abercrombie/Marc Johnson/Peter Erskine (November)
"In memory of" - Randy Weston (Kings of jazz)
"Bells (second part)" - Prima Materia (Bells)

Looking back, I think this was a great show. Loads of "first appearances" by many great artists (e.g. Andrew Hill, Wayne Shorter, John Zorn, Ella Fitzgerald, etc.) along with the "first plays" of a few of my faves (e.g. "Sun ship" by Coltrane, "Garr" by Jaki Byard, and "In memory of" by Randy Weston). I also managed to squeeze in one short tune by Yes - gotta get a taste of prog here and there!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

November 13, 2007

"Forbidden sand" - The Saul Berson Quartet (Not here, not now)
"Figs" - The Rosemary Galloway Quartet (Live at the Montreal Bistro)
"Killer mosquito" - Bernie Worrell (Improvisczario)
"Mambo inn" - John Basile (Time will reveal)
"Joshua" - Joe Henderson (So near, so far (musings for Miles))
"Ode to Angela" - Bobby Hutcherson (For sentimental reasons)
"Ne-ne" - Soulive (Next)
"Chase" - Jerry Caringi (Changes)
"Des prunes" - Michel F. Cote ((juste) Claudette)
"Meditations" - Charles Mingus Sextet With Eric Dolphy (Cornell 1964)
"Breaking" - Mike Allen & George McFetridge (Threads)
"Mor feen" - Wilson/Lee/Bentley (Escondido dreams)
"I should have known better (live remix)" - Josh Roseman (New constellations)
"Whirlycurl" - Ron Davis (Subarashi live)
"The 5 elements and the natural trinity" - The Jason Lindner Big Band (Live at the Jazz Gallery)
"Hurry up and wait" - Greg Chako (Paint a picture, tell a story)
"Unconditional" - Jerrold Dubyk Quartet (The way you see it)
"Eastern truth" - The David Joel Quartet (Spiral sky)
"Grattitude (for Jennifer)" - Dean McNeill (Prairie fire: large jazz ensemble)

Not a bad show. It featured material from a lot of new CDs that I had just finished reviewing for the station. Some of these were the best tunes from poor/bad albums (e.g. "Mamo inn' by John Basile and "Chase" by Jerry Caringi - I likely won't be playing anything else from these, sorry), some of these were good tunes from good albums (e.g. "Mor feen" by Wilson/Lee/Bentley and "Des prunes" by Cote - I will be playing more from these records in the coming weeks). The "big long" piece for today was "Meditations" from the recently-discovered Charles Mingus Cornell 1964 concert. Good stuff!

And for those of you who know about this performance, I think I'll dig out Coltrane's "Om" and play it for the Christmas week show (which may well be Christmas Day). All of it. Be warned.


Thursday, November 8, 2007

November 6, 2007

I'm a little late with this list. I had hoped to get it up sometime on Tuesday, the same day as the show, but it escaped my mind. I was off campus yesterday so I wasn't able to get to it until today. My apologies. Anyway, here goes:

"On the prowl" - Dennis Van Westerborg (Times & places)
"Univoyage" - Miroslav Vitous (Universal syncopations)
"The sound from there" - Norman Howard & Joe Phillips (Burn baby burn)
"Volver a los 17" - Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra with Arturo O'Farrill (Una noche inolvidable)
"Funkin' around" - Down to the Bone (Supercharged)
"Small town jack" - Bill Evans (Soulgrass)
"Johnny come lately" - Jane Fair Quartet (Chances are)
"Gnomesville" - Larry Goldings Trio (Sweet science)
"Border crossing" - Grand Slam (Live at the Reggatabar, Cambridge, Massachusetts)
"Know Diddley" - Tom Teasley (Painting time)
"The pawnshop wedding song" - Kevin Breit & Folkalarm (Skedaddle)
"Look for the black star (take 2)" - Dewey Redman (Look for the black star)
"Maybe yes, maybe no" - PJ Perry Campbell Ryga Quintet (Joined at the hip)
"Honky tonk" - Miles Davis (Evolution of the groove)
"Double down" - Four 80 East (En route)
"Kind folk" - KennyWheeler/Lee Konitz/Dave Holland/Brill Frisell (Angel song)
"Tiffany/Time remembered" - The Bill Evans Trio (Last note: Fat Tuesdays, NYC, September
10, 1980)
"The latest" - Alvin Batiste (Marsalis Music honors Alvin Batiste)
"Levees" - Terence Blanchard (A tale of God's will (a requiem for Katrina))
"Take your clothes off when you dance" - Ed Palermo Big Band (Take your clothes off when you dance)
"Dimitri, Yvan et Aliocha, c'etaient nos noms" - Battista Lena (Les cosmonautes russes)

This was an odd show in that I played the "best of a bad lot" from some performers and albums. For instance, for instance, the music of Dennis Van Westerborg is largely not to my taste; however, there was one OK track on the new Westernborg CD so I played it. The same goes for the Down To The Bone and Four 80 East tunes (I like Four 80 East best of the three, BTW).

On the other hand, I also played some great stuff from great performers and albums, a few of which have quickly become favourites. These include "Kind folk" from Kenny Wheeler and company and "Look for the black star (take two)" from the late Dewey Redman (I love it when he lets loose on the Musette roughly halfway through the track; I'll play something else with Dewey on the musette, from his time with Ornette Coleman, next month).


Monday, November 5, 2007

August 22, 2006

"Headlong" - Bill Gilliam (Spirit matter)
"Bomsu" - Trevor Watts Moire Music Drum Orchestra (Wider embrace)
"Never got to Pernambuco" - Don Ross (Music for vacuuming)
"Back home" - Lennie Tristiano Quintet (Live in Toronto 1952)
"Sam enchanted dick" - Jack Bruce (Things we like)
"Tropicando" - Jorge Sylvester Afro-Caribbean Experimental Trio (In the ear of the beholder)
"Blend" - Sandy Bull (Re-inventions)
"How postmodern of me" - Quinsin Nachoff (Magic numbers)
"Two miles before dawn" - Two Banks of Four (Kings of jazz)
"Boodschappenlijst IV" - Misha Mengelberg (Solo)
"JeNeane's dream" - Joey DeFrancesco (Organic vibes)
"To pianist Cecil Taylor" - Anthony Braxton (For alto)
"Air" - Cecil Taylor (World of Cecil Taylor)
"Pussywillows cat-tails" - Lori Cullen (Calling for rain)
"Swing low, sweet cadillac" - Dizzy Gillespie (Dizzy Gillespie (Ken Burns jazz))
"Staples" - Steve Lacy (Saxophone special +)
"Muster fur kammerorchester" - Carlo Fashion (Kings of jazz)
"Rainbow on my table" - Assis Tsahar & the Brass Reeds Ensemble (Hollow world)
"Hidden strength" - Ted Moses Quintet (Ready or not 2)
"Tears for the boy wonder (for Winston Marsalis)" - Other Dimensions in Music (Other dimensions in music)
"Afro white" - Hedvig Hanson (Kings of jazz)
"Prairie dog ballet" - Jim Pearce (Prairie dog ballet)
"Olhossss…" - Sao Paulo Underground (Sauna: um, dois, tres)
"Moon dance" - Sun Ra and His Arkestra (Cosmic tones/Art forms)

Some "first plays" this week, including Steve Lacy and Anothny Braxton. Also a "first play" of sorts was the compilation Kings of jazz. This appeared on the CJSW jazz playlist around this time and it furnished a fair amount of nifty stuff for "Breaking the tethers" and other shows over the next several weeks; perhaps I should dig it out of the library and revisit it one of these days. Ready or not 2 was plundered again. The program ended with Sun Ra, which is always a good thing.


Friday, November 2, 2007

August 15, 2006

"Conga blue" - Jane Bunnett (Radio Guantanamo)
"Kernow" - Anouar Brahem/John Surman/Dave Holland (Thimar)
"Hulmu rabia" - Anouar Brahem/John Surman/Dave Holland (Thimar)
"Danielle's waltz" - Lewis Nash (Rhythm is my business)
"NPS" - Dave Young (Two by two)
"By many names" - Fred Anderson (Timeless)
"Captain marvel" - Chick Corea and Return to Forever (Light as a feather)
"Growing a big banana" - Henry Threadgill (Carry the day)
"La china leonicia" - Gato Barbieri (Chapter four:alive in New York)
"Song without words I" - John Cale (Words for the dying)
"Eight" - Ron Carter (Eight plus)
"Sea of wilderness" - Tony Williams (Sea of wilderness)
"Upon reflection" - Amanda Tosoff Quartet (Still life)
"Exploded cod" - Audun Klieve/Generator X
"John Ramsay" - Francisco Mela (Melao)
"Paan-masala" - Moksha Ensemble (Lady sun)
"Mean Ameen" - Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble (Live at the original Velvet Lounge)
"Got to be this way" - John Mayall (Jazz blues fusion)
"Asleep in a snake basket" - Twink (Supercute)
"Humus - the life-exploring force" - Don Cherry (Actions)
"Yes! I'm in the barrel" - Louis Armstrong (appears on various compilations of Louis Armstrong & the Hot Five)
"N'Dondore" - Jean-Jacques Avenel (Waraba)
"Dancing on one foot" - Charles Lloyd (Sangam)
"Shafaa" - Belmondo/Yusef Lateef (Influence)
"Morning light" - Stuart Dempster (Underground overlays from the cistern chapel)

A number of favourites appeared this week, including "Captain Marvel" by Chick Corea and Return to Forever (great, catchy vocal sections from Flora Purim), "Eight" by Ron Carter (wonderful use of a string section), and the incredible "Humus - the life-exploring force" by Don Cherry, which goes to some very interesting places. I also included some tracks which may or may not be jazz but they fit on Breaking the Tethers e.g. Twink's "Asleep in a snake basket", which features toy piano as the main instrument, and John Cale's trance-like "Song without words I".


Thursday, November 1, 2007

August 8, 2006

"Gargoyles" - Free Trade (Free trade)
"Next love" - Don Byron (Tuskegee experiments)
"Tour without passport" - Kazutoki Umezu (First deserter)
"The in crowd" - Ramsey Lewis Trio (Various #1)
"Concept" - Amanda Tosoff Quartet (Still life)
"Core" - Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (Free for all)
"Heavy mental (for Wayne Krantz)" - Tim Berne (Shell game)
"Tsakwe" - Abdullah Ibrahim (African suite)
"LeRoy's tune" - Francois Houle Et Cetera (Hacienda)
"Lincoln reviews his notes" - Lyle Mays (Fictionary)
"Blessings" - McCoy Tyner (lluminations)
"Perceptions" - Nick Ayoub (Ready or not 2)
"Crux" - Ned Rothenberg (Crux)
"Charcoal" - Michael Bates' Outside Sources (Fine balance)
"It" - Dewey Redman/Cecil Taylor/Elvin Jones (Momentum space)
"Thinking of you" - Brad Goode (Hypnotic suggestion)
"Noon harras" - Derek Bailey/John Zorn/William Parker (Harras)
"In a silent way/Shhh-Peaceful/It's about that time" - Miles Davis (Panthalassa)
"Mercy (variation no. 1)" - Demon Fuzz (Afreaka!)
"We do we go" - Nomo (Newtones)
"Epitome" - Odean Pope (Locked & loaded)
"Skag" - Archie Shepp (New thing at Newport)
"Beast" - Rhythm Devils (Apocalypse Now sessions)

Overall, a nice set of tracks. I'm only going to specifically mention one thing here, "Mercy" by Demon Fuzz, from their Afreaka! album. Basically, these guys were a UK ska/reggae act that freaked out in the late 60s, let their hair grow, donned African duds, and put out one album and an EP, both of which vanished fairly quickly and became collectors' items. Fortunately, both recordings were rereleased on one CD a couple of years ago. The music is an almagam of jazz, soul, prog rock, and all sorts of other odds and ends, all well-played and presented. Great stuff. I haven't played any Demon Fuzz since Aug.8, 2006; I'll have to play more soon.


Wednesday, October 31, 2007

August 1, 2006

"Are we there yet?" - Rabnett 5 (Reclaimation)
"Dolphin dance" - Kazumi Watanabe (Kilowatt)
"Roustabout" - Great Uncles of the Revolution (Blow the…)
"Upon reflection" - Amanda Tosoff Quartet (Still life)
"Ouagadougou" - David Murray & The Gwo-Ka Masters (David Murray & The Gwo-Ka Masters)
"N.Y.C." - Weather Report (Weather report)
"Flashback" - Fred Anderson (Timeless)
"Clashing" - Drums & Tuba (Mostly ape)
"End of the struggle" - October Trio (Day in)
"Lenny's mode" - Lenny Breau (Cabin fever)
"Cat and mouse" - Jack DeJohnette (Elephant sleeps but still remembers…)
"Fire revisited" - Steve Coleman and Five Elements (On the rising of the 64 paths)
"Hypochristmutreefuzz" - Eric Dolphy (Last date)
"Swingin' machine" - Mose Allison (Sage of Tippo)
"Minor swing thing" - Brian Buchanan Ensemble (Plays the music of Dennis van Westerborg)
"Ballad for old souls" - Muhal Richard Abrams (Things to come from those now gone)
"Toads of the short forest" - Ed Palermo Big Band (Ed Palermo big band plays the music of Frank Zappa)
"One of these things first" - Chris Gestrin and Simon Fisk (Poor boy: songs of Nick Drake)
"Blues of the prairies" - Oscar Peterson Trio (Canadiana Suite)
"Maiera" - Fred Stone (Ready or not 2)
"Forgotten travelers" - Groove Collective (People people music music)
"No hype blues" - Deep Blue Organ Trio (Live at the Green Mill)
"Pocket fiction" - Ben Adams Quintet (Old thoughts for a new day)
"Reasons" - Nomo (Newtones)

This day featured a fairly interesting setlist with a number of Canadian performers and many first-time plays (some I've only played once e.g. Mose Allison; I'll have to play more Mose sometime soon). I also played several things from the CJSW library, which I hadn't delved into much before. I recall really digging Muhal Richard Abrams' "Ballad for old souls" and "Toads of the short forest" by Ed Palermo. If I remember correctly, the Ed Palermo Big Band has done two CDs of Frank Zappa tunes arranged for big band ("Toads..." originally appeared on the Mothers of Invention record Weasels ripped my flesh, a personal fave); I later played a great version of "Moggio".

Note: the Weather report album listed above (I played "N.Y.C." from this recording) is the 1982 album not the group's eponymous first recording from 1971.


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

October 30, 2007

Back to normal, more or less. This was the first show after the Funding Drive week. I should again thank everyone who pledged, on my show and on others. I am deeply appreciative of your generosity as is everyone else at CJSW. The donated funds will allow the station to keep presenting the great programming and to grow from that.

Onto the setlist for this week:

"BQE" - D.D. Jackson (Suite for New York)
"What da' funk!" - Greg Chako (Paint a picture, tell a story)
"Solaris I" - Francois Couturier (Nostalghia - Song for Tarkovsky)
"Endemic" - Mike Allen & George McFetridge (Threads)
"Gilmore's hat" - William Parker/Raining On The Moon (Corn meal dance)
"Away from home" - Joel Frahm with Brad Mehldau (Don't explain)
"Passion dance" - McCoy Tyner (Quartet)
"Challenger deep" - Charlie Hunter and Bobby Previte as Groundtruther with John Medeski
"Everyday living" - Dean McNeill (Prairie fire: large jazz ensemble)
"Feeling good" - Rufus Harley (The pied piper of jazz)
"Acknowledgement" - Turtle Island Quartet (A love supreme: the legacy of John Coltrane)
"Piano concerto #2 in C minor: Movement I - part II" - The Classical Jazz Quartet
(Play Rachmaninov)
"Oh! Love of life" - Healing force (The songs of Albert Ayler)
"Ella Dunham" - Jerrold Dubyk Quartet (The way you see it)
"Recessional (for Oliver Johnson)" - Steve Lacy & John Heward (Recessional (for Oliver Johnson))
"I'll be seeing you" - Bobby Hutcherson (For sentimental reasons)
"Celeste" - Bernie Worrell (Improvisczario)

This week, I was pleased to finally play a piece by Rufus Harley ("Feeling good"). I've played other performers who used bagpipes in a jazz (ish) vein, such as Rare Air and Albert Ayler, but Rufus Harley was the grand master of the "jazz pipes". Now, I just need to find his version of "A love supreme"!

The long track for the day was "Recessional (for Oliver Johnson)", a duo performance (sax and percussion) by the late Steve Lacy and John Heward. I managed to fit in about 30 minutes of the 38 minute performance. I like playing very long tunes every couple of weeks, if only to show the variation in length that you find in jazz. Also, playing a long track allows me to catch up on paperwork and hit the washroom.

Apologies to the Turtle Island Quartet. This morning I kept calling them the Turtle Island String Quartet but there's no "string" in their name; it's Quartet only.


Monday, October 29, 2007

July 25, 2006

The fourth show. I'd lasted a month. Yay!

"Herbildoodlyu"- Hugh Fraser Quintet (In the mean time)
"Brood" - Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble (Live at the original Velvet Lounge)
"Sandino" - Charlie Haden and the Liberation Music Orchestra (Dream keeper)
"Rumba for Chano" - Hilario Duran (From the heart)
"Melancholy" - Alvinn Pall Sextet (Ready or not 2)
"Epistrophy" - Theolonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane (Live at Carnegie Hall)
"Tales of Rumi" - Charles Lloyd (Sangam)
"Quiet encephalitics" - Mackrosoft (Antonio's giraffe)
"Slow change" - Bobby Hutcherson (Now!)
"Opposite people" - Follow Follow (Afro groove)
"Green ideas" - Lisa Miller (Q)
"Abstract 3" - Jim Hall (Jim Hall and basses)
"(Theme from) Chariots of fire" - Bad Plus (Suspicious activity?)
"Peace one" - John McLaughlin (My goals beyond)
"Midnight cowboy" - Ben Allison (Cowboy justice)
"Moods in mambo" - Charles Mingus (Epitath)
"Treacle" - Monder/Van Der Schyff/Gestrin (Distance)
"Sneak attack" - Cheebacabra (Exile in the woods)
"Ghosts" - Marc Ribot (Don't blame me)
"Actions for free jazz orchestra" - Krzysztof Penderecki (Actions)
"Small obstacles" - Michael Bates' Outside Sources (Fine balance)
"Peppermint falls" - Kidd Jordan, Hamid Drake, William Parker (Palm of soul)
"Buchmish" - Matt Darriau (Paradox trio)
"Little B's poem" - Joey DeFrancesco (Organic vibes)
"Beloved gift" - Bernie Senensky Trio (Ready or not 2)
"By many names" - Fred Anderson (Timeless)

A fair amount of Canadian and playlist tunes this week (Ready or not 2 is exploited twice for another week). A few favourites make their appearances here, including "Peace one" by John McLaughlin, which I've played at least one since this time.

I also got some phone calls this week, pretty much the first I'd received. Most of them were telling me how to pronounce Krzysztof Penderecki's last name. I still don't think I've got it right but this is a never-ending problem; I regularly pronounce names incorrectly. I've joked on air that if I ever take a wrestling moniker, it should be The Mangler for what I do to jazz performers' names.

Friday, October 26, 2007

July 18, 2006

Show number three:

"At the edge of the maplewood" - Tony Quarrington & Friends (Group of Seven suite)
"Song of the underground railroad" - Gary Bartz (Shadows)
"Goin' to town" - Deep Blue Organ Trio (Live at the Green Mill)
"Airegin" - Hubert Laws (In the beginning)
"How would you like to have a head like that" - Jean-Luc Ponty (King kong)
"Perceptions" - Nick Ayoub (Ready or not 2)
"Eleanor Rigby" - Stanley Jordan (Blue note plays the Beatles)
"Prairie dog ballet" - Jim Pearce (Prairie dog ballet)
"Semiocto" - Yusef Lateef (Psychicemotus)
"Petite piece detachee" - Pierre Bastien (unamed homemade CD of various things)
"Entrance" - Michael Bates' Outside Sources (Fine balance)
"Breakfast with Visigoths" - Kick the Cat (Weirdo)
"What's in a name?" - Common Ground (High Voltage)
"First take" - Ornette Coleman Double Quartet (Free jazz)
"Arere" - Francisco Mela (Melao)
"Carnival skin" - Carnival Skin (Carnival skin)
"Caustic reptiles of the cloven hoof" - Kakalla (Seeds of analog rebellion)
"All of the humans blow up" - Tangerine Awkestra (Aliens took my mom)
"Corcavado" - Linton Garner Trio (Quiet nights)
"Atlantic rising" - Sunship Ensemble (Ready or not 2)
"Pombral" - Sao Paulo Underground (Sauna: um, dois, tres)
"Directions" - Henry Kaiser and Wadada Leo Smith (Yo Miles! Sky garden)
"Conversation with Martin" - Ben Adams Quintet (Old thoughts for a new day)
"Exile in the woods" - Cheebacabra (Exile in the woods)

I think the July 18, 2006 featured the inauguration of my "play something Canadian first" policy. Almost every show since that time has begun with a Canadian performer. On some shows, I've started every hour (after the BBC news) with a Canadian track.

Speaking of Canadian stuff, two tracks from the CD Ready or not 2 were played on July 18. This is a collection of jazz tunes recorded for the CBC in the 1970s (or thereabouts), largely in Montreal (I think). It's a great record; the tunes are definitely of their time but they aren't stereotypically 70s tracks either. We played it to death at CJSW but it was worth it. One of these days, I'll pull it out of the CJSW library and spin a track or two (but it needs a break for a while). I should also try to locate Ready or not 1; that would be interesting to hear.

Another CD that was on the playlist at that time was Carnival skin by Carnival Skin, which featured a track of the same name. I have to admit it was fun being able to say "that was 'Carnival skin' by Carnival Skin from the CD Carnival skin".

"All of the humans blow up" comes from an album "(Aliens took my mom) by The Tangerine Awkestra, a free jazz group of 3-7 year-olds. This is a release on the totally crazy (in a good way) Mulatta Records (

One last note: The second track on this program was "Song of the underground railroad" by Gary Bartz, a song originally written and recorded by John Coltrane for the Africa/brass sessions (it didn't make the original single-LP release of Africa/brass but it is available on the expanded CD edition). "Song of the underground railroad" is probably my favourite "big band" tune. I like Bartz's version but I prefer Coltrane's; one of these days, I'll track down Coltrane's and play it.


Thursday, October 25, 2007

July 11, 2006

This was the second-ever Breaking the Tethers show:

"The promise" - Pharoah Sanders (Priceless jazz collection)
"Kitty: Tommy, quick! Get up…" - Richard Thompson and Danny Thompson (Industry)
"The tackle" - Joey DeFrancesco (Organic vibes)
"To Barney Kessell" - Pete Townshend (Scoop)
"Home alone" - Kristian Alexandrov (Funked up jazz)
"Prince Lasha" - Odean Pope (Locked & loaded)
"El otro tipo" - Roberto Occhipinti (Yemaya)
"Seven steps to Samba" - Terrain (Time to travel)
"Low life" - Shuffle Demons (Bop rap)
"Big eater" - Bad Plus (These are the vistas)
"A love supreme" - Alice Coltrane (World galaxy)
"Volunteer slavery" - Rare Air (Primeval)
"Fly by night" - Rahasaan Roland Kirk (The inflated tear)
"Cricket" - Mackrosoft (Antonio's giraffe)
"Togo" - Old and New Dreams (Tribute to Blackwell)
"Seven oceans" - Simon Fisk Trio (Trainwrecks)
"Full frontal saxophone" - Roscoe Mitchell (Sound songs)
"Song for Lee" - Paul Butterfield Blues Band (Anthology: the Elektra years)
"Life of Riley" - Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (Up from the skies)
"Afterburner" - Tuatara (Trading with the enemy)
"Interlude #2" - Francois Bourassa Trio (Jeune vieux jeune)
"Currents" - Rashied Ali, Peter Kowalk, Assif Tasher (Deal, ideas, & ideals)
"Resolution" - Kidd Jordan, Hamid Drake, William Parker (Palm of soul)
"Minor swing" - Stephane Grappelli (Live 1992)
"Fused" - EMP project (Wherever we go)
"Mitote" - Joris Teepe's Groningen Art Ensemble (Jazz in, jazz out)
"Crumble" - Calexico (Feast of wire)

Again, a fairly large number of tracks played on this show (27, I believe). It's an interesting mix of tunes from the CJSW playlist at the time as well as favourites of mine (e.g. Alice Coltrane's hinduism-meets-James-Brown-style-hard-funk version of "A love supreme") and a number of "jazzish" tracks from performers not normally associated with jazz, at least not in a big way (e.g. Pete Townshend with "Barney Kessell", which is dedicated to the jazz guitar great of the same name; Richard and Danny Thompson; Paul Butterfield; Calexico; etc). Also note the first appearance of many on Breaking the Tethers of the Bad Plus with "Big eater"; the drumming on this track garnered a phone call from a listener.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

July 4, 2006 - First Show!

In the spirit of "clearing the deck", here's the list of songs and such from the very first edition of Breaking the Tethers, back on July 4, 2006:

"Lonnie's lament" - John Coltrane (Afro-blue impressions)
"Norwegian wood" - Buddy Rich (Blue note plays the Beatles)
"A place for you and I" - Manic Thematic Trio (Say yes)
"Talking heads" - Ben Allison (Cowboy justice)
"Moggio" - Ed Palermo Big Band (Take your clothes off when you dance)
"Encor instant coffee" - Vestibules (Get spiffy!)
"No mystery" - Fareed Haque (Sacred addiction)
"Endless" - Silk Road Music (Endless)
"Footprints" - Miles Davis Quintet (Miles smiles)
"Follow your heart" - John McLaughlin (My goals beyond)
"Promises kept" - Sonny Sharrock (Ask the ages)
"Little camels" - Rabih Abou-Kahlil, Joachim Kuhn, Jarrod Cagwin (Journey to the centre of an egg)
"Mistress of storms" - Michael Occhipinti (Creation dream: the songs of Bruce Cockburn)
"Lemming" - Metalwood (The recline)
"Key" - Matthew Shipp (Equilibrium)
"Slightly all the time" - Soft Machine (Third)
"Chasing the sun" - Richard Underhill (Moment in time)
"Sea of sounds" - Sun Ra (Space is the place)
"Fourth ward" - Nomo (Newtones)
"Ramblin'" - Ginger Baker Trio (Going back home)
"Stolen moments" - Oliver Nelson (Red hot on Impulse)
"Police people" - Pat Metheny and Ornette Coleman (Song X : 20th anniversary)
"Music for a three-piece orchestra: edge" - Hiromi (Spiral)
"DFU" - Groove Collective (People people music music)
"No exit" - Pentangle (Sweet child)
"Cloudburst" - Jon Hendricks (Jazz singing: the jazz vocal collection)
"Paranoid android" - Brad Mehldau (Largo)

Looking back, I think this is a really strong first show set. There are so many great performances and tunes it would take too long to get into. Some of these have made reappearances in the intervening year and a half. Perhaps the most surprising thing to me is that I managed to squeeze 28 tracks into the 180 minutes (less, actually, taking the BBC news, promos, ads, and such into account), including one of the lenghty tunes from Soft Machine's Third album ("Slightly all the time"; a fantastic performance from a fantastic record). These days, I usually max out around 23 tracks; maybe I'm playing longer tunes or I'm becoming more verbose or both?


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

October 23, 2007 - Funding Drive Show

CJSW is in the midst of our annual funding drive so this show was a little different than usual. Essentially much more talk, much less music. I was lucky to be joined by three other CJSW programmers today: the infamous Chef Wayne (South Louisiana Gumbo, Mondays 7-8 pm), Naomi Herback (Jazz for Quantum Cats, Fridays 6-9 am), and Megan Mitchell (Lush Life, Wednesdays 6-9 am). They helped me out a great deal and definitely increased the fun factor. I think we raised $405 in pledges, which is in line with the amount that came in last year, $500. 6-9 am is on the early side for most folks so the pledges tend not to be as high as on other programs; still every bit helps keep CJSW going strong. Many thanks to those who pledged during Breaking the Tethers! More information about the funding drive can be found at and

And now to the track list. As mentioned, less music than normal but I still managed to fit in some good stuff:

"There" - James Brown (Jazz)
"Lonnie's lament" - John Coltrane (Afro-blue impressions)
"Ellis in wonderland" - Herb Ellis (Ellis in wonderland)
"Amber water" - Tom Teasley (Painting time)
"Space odyssey" - Marcus Belgrave (Gemini)
"Mumbo jumbo" - Paul Motian Band (Garden of eden)
"Tom Sawyer" - Bad Plus (Prog)
"Bug" - Norman Howard & Joe Phillips (Burn baby burn)
"Euphoria" - Michael Wolff (Impure thoughts)
"Take five" - Donald Harrison (Real life stories)
"For all we know" - McCoy Tyner (Quartet)
"Peace one" - John McLaughlin (My goals beyond)
"C.A.C." - Albert Ayler Quartet (The Hilversum session)

As this was a special show, I threw in a number of all-time favourites of mine ("Lonnie's lament" from Afro-blue impressions, the first track I ever played on Breaking the Tethers; "Space odyssey"; "Mumbo jumbo" - I can listen to this one over and over and over again; "Tom sawyer" - ah, those crazy Bad Plus guys and their covers; "Peace one"). I've played all of these before and though I try not to repeat tracks and performers too often, I thought it would be appropriate for this show. The setlist will be more back to "normal" (at least more fulsome) next week.

BTW, in the list above the tunes/songs are listed in quotation marks, followed by the performer, with the album from which the track comes in parantheses.

Subsequent posts will feature tracklists from current shows as well as those from the past year and a bit (I have a database set up with detailed information on all the shows I've done). I hope this isn't too confusing but I'd like to "clear the deck" and also provide an easy way for folks to access all track lists from all Breaking the Tethers programs. It will take a while but, eventually, I'll be caught up and all track lists will be online.


Welcome To The Breaking The Tethers Blog

Welcome to the inaugural post of the Breaking the Tethers blog!

Breaking the Tethers is a jazz radio show that I host on CJSW FM, the campus and community radio station located at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta. The program is on the air from 6-9 am every Tuesday. I try to play a variety of music that has the "jazz" label but I am most interested in the more avant garde/wilder/freakier side of genre as well as jazz that borders on other styles of music. You can listen to my show on 90.9 FM or via streaming audio at (which is the home page for the station; lots of great information here)

I've been meaning to set up a blog for Breaking the Tethers for a while now (I've had the program since July 4, 2006!) but have only now got around to doing this (which is kind of odd, considering I'm involved in a few other blogs). The primary thing I'm looking to do here is to post the track lists from each program. I'll also weigh in with some thoughts on the tunes and performers played, provide some news here and there, and whatever else might strike my fancy. I hope this is of interest to listeners and readers. Questions, discussions, and suggestions are always welcome.

I should note that in my other life, I am the Serials Librarian at the University of Calgary library ( But enough about that. Let's stick to the music here.

More posts soon!