Wednesday, February 27, 2008

February 26, 2008

"So twentieth century" - Joe Coughlin (Things turn out that way)
"Kahru" - Ilmiliekki Quartet (Jazz from Finland)
"Back in the woods" - Stanley Clarke (The toys of men)
"Ward one" - Pamela Hines Trio (Return)
"Olhos de gato" - Jerry Leake (Vibrance)
"Vix 9" - Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (Live art)
"Enum" - Hamiet Bluiett (With eyes wide open)
"Modal tune" - Gregg August Sextet (One peace)
"Movin' Wes - part 2" - Wes Montgomery (Talkin' Verve: roots of Acid jazz)
"Frack" - Hutchinson Andrew Trio (Music box)
"Jack rabbit" - Herbie Hancock (Inventions & dimensions)
"After 12 weeks" - Derek Bailey (Carpal tunnel)
"Jessica too" - Enrico Rava (Tati)
"Life wants you to love" - Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble (Black unstoppable)
"Rocket science" - Tribal tech (Rocket science)
"Cajun waltz" - Larry Koonse (What's in the box?)
"Duke's in town" - Joe Sealy (Africville suite)
"Africa" - SF Jazz Collective (SF Jazz Collective 2)
"'Blue motel room" - Mother of Pearl (SheBop!)
"Moon" - Nordic Trinity (Jazz from Finland)
"Jo" - Satoko Fujii Orchestra (Jo)
"Ah, but if" - Ganesh Anandan, John Gzowski (Shruti project )
"Kylie's lullaby"- Ari Brown (Live at the Green Mill)

This show featured the 2000th piece of music played on Breaking the Tethers, "Ward one" by the Pamela Hines Trio. A small but notable milestone, I say. In the "never heard before but I like it" category, I would put "Rocket science" by Tribal Tech; this is from their 10th album but, surprisingly, I'd never come across them before. Good stuff, though.


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

February 19, 2008

Unlike like last week, I managed to get this list posted within two hours of the end of the program!

"Breakfast samba" - Paul Donat (Rio bossa)
"Fables of faubus" - Charles Mingus Sextet With Eric Dolphy (Cornell 1965)
"Clever shoes" - David Brandom (No way out)
"Carta de amor" - Egberto Gismonti Trio (Zigzag)
"Crazy rhythm" - Mike Walbridge's Chicago Footwarmers Featuring Kim Cusack (Crazy rhythm)
"Can you feel it?" - Antizario (It's great to be fine)
"Dabronxxar" - Steve Reid Ensemble (Daxaar)
"The red one" - Pat Metheny (Day trip)"China cat sunflower" - Sabertooth (Dr. Midnight: live at the Green Mill)
"El feugo" - The Matt Savage Trio (Hot ticket)
"Flickers" - Kenny Burrell (All day long & all night long)
"To be or not to be" - Maceo Parker (Roots & grooves)
"On the back of a tiger" - Chris Gestrin (After the city is gone: quiet)
"Aparani par (the dance of Aparani)" - Tigran Hamasyan Trio (New era)
"Ufoff" - Yamataka Eye & John Zorn (Naninani II)
"The banana quintet: five banana" - Carla Bley (The lost chords find Pablo Fresu)
"Titled" - Keefe Jackson's Project Project (Just like this)
"Painter's way" - Dave Douglas (Meaning and mystery)

Plenty of new and interesting music in this week's episode. I give props to "Dabronxxar" by the Steve Reid Ensemble (nifty electric piano + electronics + african influence), "On the back of a tiger" by Chris Gestrin (mellow piano + interesting percussion), "Aprarani par" by the Tigran Hamasyan Trio (Armenian instrumentation), "Titled" by Keefe Jackson (horn-heavy free jazz)and "Five banana" by Carla Bley (a goldilocks performance; shows that you can have a nice meolody but not turn things into smooth jazz). Kudos also to the pretty much totally crazy "Ufoff" by Eye and Zorn and, for the Deadheads among us (including yours truly), Sabertooth's version of the Grateful Dead's "China cat sunflower" (I half expected them to continue into "I know you rider"!).

BTW, I am now four tracks away from playing 2000 tunes on Breaking the Tethers! The 2000 mark should be hit within the first hour of next week's show.


Saturday, February 16, 2008

February 14, 2008

This was a showfill for Morning Joy, Philip Barker's program on CJSW. Again, my apologies for being slow in getting this posted:

"Ghost lines" - Michael Blake Sextet (Amor de cosmos)
"Say you're mine" - Donald Byrd (The cat walk)
"El bajo negro" - Stanley Clarke (The toys of men)
"Acetnam" - Louis Bellson and His Big Band (Their time was the greatest)
"3" - Shradda (Merdeka Hall, Putra World Trade Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 7, 2002)
"Thanking the universe" - Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble (Black unstoppable)
"Still unsure" - Oddarrang (Jazz from Finland 2008)
"Mambo a la savoy" - The Harlem Experiment (The Harlem Experiment)
"Resolution - Hutchinson Andrew Trio (Music box)
"Softly as in a morning sunrise" - Albert Mangelsdorff (In Asia, 1964)
"The arc of a day" - Chris Potter 10 (Song for anyone)
"One for Skip" - Ari Brown (Live at the Green Mill)
"A fine piece of sound" - Antizario (It's great to be fine)
"Write by return to your longing" - Chris Gestrin (After the city is gone: quiet)
"Old man river" - Malachi Thompson and Africa Brass (Lift every voice)
"Chasing yellow" - Klima Kalima (Jazz from Finland 2008)
"Gossip" - Carmen Lundy (Come home)
"This is not America" - Charlie Haden and the Liberation Music Orchestra (Jazz Fest 2005, Haus der Berliner Festpiele, Berlin, November 3, 2005)
"Rememberings" - Brad Turner Quartet (Small wonder)
"Back home again" - Fraser MacPherson Trio (Live at Puccini's 1977)

I thought this show featured a nice mix of old and new, wild and mellow. I point to "The arc of a day" by Christ Potter 10 and the Jazz from Finland 2008 tracks as particular high points from my perspective. The prize for neatest title goes to Antizario's "A fine piece of sound", which it was.

Next week, it's back to just one show for me, my regular set on Tuesday, 6-9 am. Please join me then.


February 12, 2008

I'm a few days late with this. I had hoped to get this up on Feb. 12 or 13 but, things happened... Anyway, here's the track list for the Feb. 12 show:

"Sweet 'n' sour (take 4)" - Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers (Caravan)
"For Alec Wilder" - Larry Koonse (What's in the box?)
"Mandela" - Carlos Santana & Wayne Shorter Band (Live at the 1988 Montreux Jazz Festival)
"Blue Tuesday" - Jessica Williams (The best of Jessica Williams on Jazz Focus)
"Opening statement" - Carl Allen & Manhattan Projects (The dark side of Dewey)
"No idea" - Brad Goode (Nature boy)
"Gato Gato" - Gato Barbieri (The Impulse Story)
"The wash away" - Michael Blake Sextet (Amor de cosmos)
"Take five" - Kashmere Stage Band (Texas thunder soul 1968-1974)
"Waltzin'" - Jerry Leake (Vibrance)
"Minor mind" - Walter Davis, Jr. (Davis cup)
"The path places" - Jan Garbarek (Alta trinita, 193. NDR Jazzkonzert, St. Johannis Kirche, Hamburg Harvestehude, November 25, 1984)
"Early move " - Timo Lassy (Jazz from Finland 2008)
"Shock and awe" - Antizario (It's great to be fine)
"Against the wind" - Chris Potter 10 (Song for anyone)
"Ojos de rojo" - Pamela Hines Trio (Return)
"Fire dance" - Richard Underhill (Kensington suite)
"Tease" - Jarmo Saari Solu (Jazz from Finland 2008)
"Spontaneous impression" - Mike Ruby (Play time)
"You and me" - Zakir Hussain (Making music)
"With your intuition and instinct" - Ganesh Anandan, John Gzowski (Shruti project)

Lots of brand new and fairly new music featured during this show; I seem to be playing a lot of new material as of late. My faves this time include the two tracks from Jazz from Finland 2008 and the super-funky "Take five" from the Kashmere Stage Band (which is not new but was re-released in 2006). Zakir Hussein is always good to hear too.


Tuesday, February 5, 2008

February 5, 2008

"Many skies" - Chris Gestrin (After the city is gone: quiet)
"April in Paris" - Thad Jones (The magnificent Thad Jones)
"Let's move" - Pat Metheny with Christian McBride and Antonio Sanchez (Day trip)
"Cause and effect" - Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble (Black unstoppable)
"Very" - Pamela Hines Trio (Return)
"6th man" - Avi Granite (6: red tree)
"Emily's song" - Alex Clements (Waiting for you…)
"Bass folk song no. 6" - Stanley Clarke (The toys of men)
"Circles" - Hutchinson Andrew Trio (Music box)
"This is it" - Panthelion (Life after 339)
"Frost mohawk" - Michel F. Cote ((juste) Claudette)
"Harlem river drive" - The Harlem Experiment (The Harlem Experiment)
"Ocean waves" - Shankar (M.R.C.S.)
"Shorter's vibes" - Ari Brown (Live at the Green Mill)
"Power " - James Carney (Green-wood)
"Pieces of emotion" - Manu Katche (Playground)
"Ee-gypt-me" - Tony Wilson 6tet (Pearls before swine)
"Jiggy jiggy" - Steve Reid Ensemble (Daxaar)
"My wedding vow" - Carmen Lundy (Come home)
"Honeysuckle rose" - Keith Jarrett (My foolish heart)
"The elements II" - David Sanchez (Coral)
"Analog moment" - Steve Lehman Quintet (On meaning)
"Man and dog" - Wilson/Lee/Bentley (Escondido dreams)

Lots of very new or almost-new tunes in this week's edition of Breaking The Tethers. I liked pretty much everything equally so nothing specific to point out; check it all out.

This was my first show back after last week away. Thanks to Philip Barker for filling in for me on January 29.

Two shows for me next week: Breaking The Tethers on February 12 and a showfill for Morning Joy on February 14.