Thursday, September 18, 2008

September 16, 2008

I'm on a little later than usual with this :-) :

"Ciuri ciuri" - Michael Occhipinti (The Sicilian jazz project)
"Pretty memory" - Nat Adderley (Work song)
"Moonshine" - Dave Douglas (Moonshine)
"Awakening" - Mahavishnu Orchestra (Inner mounting flame)
"Melt down" - Lisa Hilton (Sunny day theory)
"High tea for Stephany" - Joanne Brackeen (Out and out jazz)
"And I love her" - Kevin Hays (Blue Note plays the Beatles)
"Flying" - Glenn Ferris Pentessence Quintet (X actimo!)
"Secret weapon: part II" - Blink (The epidemic of ideas)
"Chanson de rue #6" - Damian Nisenson Trio + 3 (En concert)
"Many thousands gone" - Bobby Hutcherson (Head on)
"Swing out" - Bob Mintzer Big Band (Swing out)
"Blakzilla" - Branford Marsalis Quartet (Braggtown)
"St. Louis blues' - Johnny Lyttle (Jazz for a rainy afternoon)
"Return of the prodigal son" - Stanley Turrentine (Return of the prodigal son)
"Long as you're living" - Elizabeth Shepherd (Parkdale)
"Maracatu-too" - Stan Getz with guest artist Laurinda Almeida (Stan Getz with guest artist Laurinda Almeida)
"The 3/4 tune" - The Peter Evans Quartet (The Peter Evans Quartet)
"74 miles away" - Cannonball Adderley (The best of Cannonball Adderley: The Capitol years)
"Electoral college" - Adam Niewood & His Rabble Rousers (Epic journey)
"Little jump" - Terri Lynne Carrington (Jazz is a spirit)
"La belle affaire" - L'Orkestra Des Pas Perdus (Project 9)

This was a fun show with a fairly varied setlist. It marked a number of first appearances, including both Adderley brothers (Julian "Cannonball" and Nat) as well as Stan Getz (with a pretty cool tune). Perhaps my fave tune this week is "Many thousands gone" by Bobby Hutcherson; very much 1971, kind of experimental, somewhat spacey jazz.

I'm out of town for meetings and vacation for most of the next few weeks and won't be back on air until October 14. In the meantime, Philip from Morning Joy and Stewart from Pound Cake Jazz will more than ably take over Breaking The Tethers in my absence (Philip twice and Stewart once). I am in their debt.


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

September 9, 2008

I'm on time this week! Here's the track list, posted in the same day as the show:

"III Wooster St." - Francois Bourassa Quartet (Rassnotes)
"Minor mood" - The Poll Winners (he poll winners: Barney Kessell with Shelly Manne and Ray Brown)
"Golden eagle dance" - Didier Lockwood & Raghunath Manet (Omkara)
"House of Haynes" - Joel Haynes Trio + Seamus Blake (Transitions)
"Brick steps (part III: fallback plan suite)" - Taylor Eigsti (Let it come to you)
"Monkey waits" - Simon Fisk/Chris Gestrin/Jerry Granelli (Vague hotels)
"The real mcbop" - Arturo Sandoval (Live at the Blue Note)
"Paris of the prairies" - Mark Dejong (The unknown)
"Breaking and entering" - Adam Niewood & His Rabble Rousers (Epic journey)
"Law of balance" - David Gilmore (Unified presence)
"Sway" - Jane Bunnett (Embracing voices)
"There was something in my drink" - Bobby Previte and the New Bump (Set the alarm for Monday)
"El amor en los tiempos de la finca" - Rova Saxophone Quartet (Beat kennel)
"Measure up" - Robert Walter (Cure all)
"Death of a space piper" - Rare Air (Space piper)
"Homage" - Frank Gratkowski Quartet (Spectral reflections)
"Fall song: dusk" - Jan Jarczyk (Fall songs)
"If that's true" - Esperanza Spalding (Esperanza)
"Kitten" - Dave Douglas (Moonshine)
"In a sentimental mood" - The Brooklyn Saxophone Quartet (The way of the saxophone)
"Agur janunak" - Elkanno Browning Cream (Elkanno Browning Cream)

In some ways, this is a fairly "straight" set (for Breaking The Tethers), at least for the first couple of hours. Nothing wrong with that, though. The last hour is more on the freakier side, especially with the Gratkowski Quartet piece and the rock-like "Kitten" by Dave Douglas.

Folks may notice that there were two sax quartets featured this week, Rova and Brooklyn. I didn't plan to play tracks from these similar groups (they have the same instrumentation: soprano, alto, tenor, baritone) but that's the way it turned out. It got me to thinking that there are actually a fair number of saxophone quartets, perhaps the most famous of which is the World Saxophone Quartet.

Next week's edition of Breaking The Tethers will be my last for a month. For a variety of reasons, I'll be unavailable until the October 14 show.


Monday, September 8, 2008

September 2, 2008

I'm very, very late with this, close to a week. I really try to get the list for each show posted within a day or two after the show but it just didn't happen this week; I just got snowed under in other aspects of my life (still am!). Anyway, apologies and here's the list:

"Cousin Esau" - Tilden Webb Trio (Cellar groove)
"Glass" - Blink (The epidemic of ideas)
"Green haze" - Miles Davis (Musings of Miles)
"Dakar" - John Coltrane (Dakar)
"Beyond the limit" - Bob Mintzer Big Band (Swing out)
"Bamboo pants" - Billy Martin & John Medeski (Mago)
"Cherokee" - Sharel Cassity (Just for you)
"Mr. Yunioshi" - Ted Nash (The Mancini project)
"Off blue" - The Mark Atkinson Trio (IV)
"Shades of jade" - Mark Johnson (Shades of jade)
"Nine minute (or so) chabad nigun" - Daniel Zamir (I believe)
"Spirit of '76" - Michael Moore & Fred Hersch (This we know)
"The sulpher miner" - Michael Occhipinti (The Sicilian jazz project)
"Gastro funk" - L'Orkestra Des Pas Perdus (Project 9)
"Penske" - Will Bernard (Party hats)
"#42 take 15 (Duke's last soliloquoy)" - Mal Waldron (The cool world)
"I hear voices" - Jane Bunnett (Embracing voices)
"Track 2" - Marion Brown (Koeln, Germany, March 13, 1977)
"!!!!!" - The Peter Evans Quartet (The Peter Evans Quartet)
"Morning mantra" - William Parker (Double sunrise over Neptune)
"Moment" - Francois Carrier/Michel Lambert/Jean-Jacques Avenel (Within)

I think my fave part of this show was the last hour: The first playing of Marion Brown on Breaking The Tethers (more from him in the future!), the crazed "!!!!!" from the Peter Evans Quartet, and I very much liked ending things with the two lengthy "out there" pieces by Parker and the Carrier/Lambert/Avenel team. Earlier on, I was particularly fond of the "Nine minute (or so) chabad nigun" by Zamir, the bit from The Cool World (been meaning to play this for a while), and the track by Martin and Medeski (apparently, there's a new MMW CD coming out, with some sort of a connection to a work by John Zorn; I'll have to get my hands on it somehow).