Monday, April 26, 2010

April 26, 2010

"Opening line" - Carol Morgan Trio (Opening)
"The search" - Quiet Nights Orchestra (Chapter one)
"Between B & C" - Keiran Hebden and Steve Reid (NYC)
"Don't look back" - Steve Reid Ensemble (Daxaar)
"If not now, when?"- Organissimo (Alive & kickin')
"Lundu" - Egberto Gismonti (Saudacoes)
"My mind" - Chubby Checker (Chubby Checker)
"Red sails" - Danny Michel (Loving the alien)
"Dang" - The Arboreal Quartet (The Arboreal Quartet)
"Oxygene part IV" - Christian Prommer (Drumlesson zwei)
"Monk's blues' - Dave Glasser (Evolution)
"So soon' - Little Ax & The Golden Echoes (Fire in my bones: raw rare + otherwise unworldly african-american gospel (1944-2007))
"Red pepper blues" - Art Pepper (Art Pepper meets the rhythm section)
"What to say' - Hutchinson Andrew Trio (Rocky mountain jazz)
"John boy" - Brad Mehldau (Highway rider)
"Monocrat" - Ismism (Ismism)
"Peepers" - Polar Bear (Peepers)
"Goodbye" - Chet Doxas (Big sky)
"Berimbau" - Yuko Ito (Mania de voce)
"An happy organ" - Gov't Majik (Party favors)
"Our man Barack" - Pharez Whitted (Transient journey)
"Nautilus rising" - Weasel Walter Septet (Invasion)

As promised, there was lots of jazz this week; about 3/4 of the tracks could be called "jazz" in some way. Also of note, in memoriam for the late drummer Steve Reid, who died on April 13, 2010, I played a couple of his tunes of recent vintage from two different projects. The crazy tune of the day was "My mind" by Chubby Checker, from his so-called psychedelic album from 1971 (from what I've heard of the album, it's more acid-rock, with plenty of fuzzed-out guitars).


Monday, April 19, 2010

April 19, 2010

"Tug of war" - Faces (Nigeria 70: Lagos jump)
"Indigone" - FivePlay Jazz Quintet (FivePlay Jazz Quintet)
"Browning a 3" - Fretwork (Elway Bevan composition) (Music for viols)
"Hexentanz" - Joachim Kuhn & Michael Wollny (Piano works IX: live at Schloss Elmau)
"Veronica" - Bert Jansch (Bert Jansch)
"Autumn giraffe tranquilizer" - Brendan McGuigan
"First light" - Homebound Runaways

"The 3:10 to Turnberry" - Homebound Runaways
"King queen " - The Nels Cline Singers (Initiate)
"You can be anyone this time around " - Timothy Leary (You can be anyone this time around)
"Motel room in my bed " - X (Under the big black sky)
"Meeting " - Andrew Downing (Silents)
"Facet two " - Amir ElSaffar/Hafez Modirzadeh (Radif suite)
"N'awlins greens" - U.O. Project (It's time for U)
"Scream" - Sudden Cosmic Dissolution (Sudden Cosmic Dissolution)
"Alice's wonderland" - Bert Jansch (Bert Jansch)
"Dash 7" - Wilco (AM)
"Give us room to roar" - Ruth McKenzie (Omnium unofficial sampler #2)
"Snakefinger food" - Chris Mama Bauer (A universe of horrors)
"Mulatu's mood" - Mulatu Astatke (Mulatu steps ahead)

Apart from the music, the main element of today's show was an interview with busy local (more or less) musician Brendan McGuigan. Brendan, who was the first person to be interviewed on Breaking The Tethers in its new day and time, is a busy guy, both with his own projects and as a sideman. We talked about these as well as some of the upcoming concerts he is going to be involved with in Calgary. We also played three tracks that he has put out, one under his own name and two with the Homebound Runaways. It was a pleasure to have Brendan on the program today.

The show today was probably the least "jazzy" edition of Breaking The Tethers since the recent changes kicked in but I still managed to play some jazz along with a number of old favorites, jazz or otherwise (e.g. "Dash 7" by Wilco, "Give us room to roar" by Ruth McKenzie, two Bert Jansch pieces, and the totally nuts "You can be anyone this time around" by Timothy Leary). Next week's program (April 26) will probably feature more jazz.



Monday, April 12, 2010

April 12, 2010

"Our father/Lord's prayer in Old English"
"Now I wanna sniff some glue" - Ramones (Ramones)
"Freedom" - Ilhan Erashin (Ilhan Ersahin's Istanbul Sessions with Erik Truffaz)
"Knocker" - Stanton Moore (Groove alchemy)
"Lake Superior" - Jason Collett (Rat a tat tat)
"Rose hip November' - Vashti Bunyan (Just another diamond day)
"Out of the blue" - Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain, & Edgar Meyer (The melody of rhythm)
"St. James infirmary" - Anat Cohen (Clarinetwork: live at the Village Vanguard)
"Epic" - The Jessica Stuart Few (Kid dream)
"Inner crisis" - Larry Willis (Inner crisis)
"Alive" - Larry Young (Lawrence of Newark)
"Blue sky" - Chet Doxas (Big sky)
"Igor said" - Pointed Sticks (Three lefts make a right)
"Victor Jara's hands" - Calexico (Carried to dust)
"Behiver II" - Serena-Maneesh (Serena-Maneesh)
"Libretto" - Thomson Kneeland (Mazurka for a modern man)
"Rattlesnake" - The Replacements (Sorry ma, forgot to take out the trash)
"Casper the friendly ghost" - Daniel Johnston
"Say chin" - Creesis Crisis (No more shapes)
"Spasmodic movements" - James Zollar (Zollar systems)

This week's show was truncated a bit because of a news update but I still managed to fit in lots of tunes and songs. I think the main feature this week was a swing between jazz and punkish rock, with a few items falling in-between. Fave tracks? Maybe "Inner crisis" by Larry Willis and "Rose hip November" by Vashti Bunyan, among others.


Monday, April 5, 2010

April 5, 2010

"Green Africa" - Mulatu Astatke (Mulatu steps ahead)
"La danse de mardi gras" - The Balfa Brothers (Play traditional cajun music - vol I and II)
"Invasion" - Weasel Walter Septet (Invasion)
"The microorganism" - Boiled In Lead (From the ladle to the grave)
"Mototo" - Shadowplay (Shadowplay)
"Spider-man" - Chris McKhool (Jazz playground)
"Celia" - The Eric Frazier Quintet (Live @ Cecil's Jazz Club, volume 1)
"I surrender, dear' - Thelonius Monk (Brilliant corners)
"Beginning again" - Subtractive LAD (Life at the end of the world)
"Walk don't run" - Jack Wilkins (Until it's time)
"Gloria, Clemens deus artifex tota clementia" - Orlando Consort (Popes & antipopes)
"Facet ten" - Amir ElSaffar/Hafez Modirzadeh (Radif suite)
"Like moose do" - Ghostkeeper (Ghostkeeper)
"Dreams of czimbalom" - Tim Turvey Ensemble (Tim Turvey Ensemble)
"Pygmy divorce" - Frances Bebey
"Seahorse" -Devendra Banhart - Smokey rolls down thunder canyon
"I forgive you" - Yvette Tollar (Ima)
"Ananhedonialess" - Ismism (Ismism)
"Banned in DC" - Bad Brains (Live at CBGB 1982)
"Until kingdom comes" - Bad Brains (Build a nation)
"Backsheesh" - Marc Wagnon (Earth is a cruel master)
"Contact" - Miguel Kertsmann (Time? What's time?)
"Part 3" - Jean-Christophe Beney Quartet (The link)

On one hand, this show featured lots of jazz; perhaps 10 of the 23 tracks could be counted a jazz. On the other hand, it was maybe the most musically varied week since Breaking The Tethers moved to it's new slot; we had eerie cajun music (The Balfa Brothers), total freak-out music (Weasel Walter Septet), punk band as reggae band (Bad Brains), punk band as punk band (Bad Brains), and medieval vocal music for the papal court (Orlando Consort), among others, plus all the jazz stuff.

I was also pleased to be able to fit in perhaps the craziest song ever made, "Pygmy divorce" by Frances Bebey. You kind of have to hear it to believe it (I am a giant person in the village!).

Much more of the same next week.