Monday, August 29, 2016

August 29, 2016

Last Monday of August already - time passes!  Oh well, what's the alternative? :-)  Anyway, this was a good show, I thought, with baritone sax appearing on a number of the tracks - not planned, just happened.  I managed to play 10 tracks, which is a fair amount for one hour.  Of those, nine were featured in full; I only managed to play a few minutes or so of "Prelude (part one)" by Miles Davis, which goes on for 22:37 (before "Prelude (part two)" begins).  Sometime in the future, I'll try to play the whole thing (or more of it, at least).


PS I forgot to record the very beginning of the show.  For the most part, this lobbed off my introductory comments.  The podcast essentially starts with the first piece of music (Steve Lehman & Selebeyone).

Monday, August 22, 2016

August 22, 2016

Definitely a lean to the "out there"/experimental side of things on the Aug. 22 episode of Breaking The Tethers. Good stuff all around, I thought.  Perhaps my favourite for this week was "The omen" by Bobby Hutcherson, a spooky piece from his 1966 album Happenings (one two records he released for Blue Note that year).  Hutcherson passed away on Aug. 15 so I figured a tune played in his honor would be appropriate.  On that note, I noticed that four of the nine performers on today's show have died; anything to that?  Probably not...


Monday, August 15, 2016

August 15, 2016

Another "not all-new" show, this began with some fairly straight ahead jazz and then went into some fairly avant territory and also featured several tunes with some darn groovy keyboards.   Perhaps my fave this week is the Pat Muchmore piece, which comes from the fairly bonkers album Babel fragments.  The track titles on Babel… are crazy as well with one featuring a long equation for a name and two with Mayan glyphs for titles.


Monday, August 8, 2016

August 8, 2016

After all the "new" shows I've presented over the last while, this one was almost completely in the other direction, with only two tracks from 2016 ("Summer night" by the Antonio Ciacca Quartet and "The Galapagos suite: the KT boundary" by Renee Rosnes).  The other six were from various times prior (1969, 1970, 1974, 2007, 2014, and 2015).

I also played a few faves in this episode, including "To whom it may concern" by the Tony Williams Lifetime (I'd kind of forgotten how heavy Lifetime was, at least in their initial recordings) and "Song for an untitled lady" by the John Betsch Society (from Earth blossom, a somewhat forgotten classic if there ever was one).

Maybe more of the same next week...


Monday, August 1, 2016

August 1, 2016

Back behind the mic after a couple of weeks away.  Musically, this edition of BTT was mostly made up of newly-released material with a couple of tracks from the compilation CD Finnish jazz 2002 (the tracks were originally released in 2000 and 2001); this just arrived at CJSW, about a decade-and-a-half late :-) I quite like the Finnish jazz collections; they offer an interesting mix of sounds and the performances are always solid.  I'm not sure if there is a "Finnish jazz sound" but these almost annual CDs are a nice representation of what at least some jazz from Finland sounds like.  I think it's been a while, maybe a couple of years, since the last Finnish jazz set was sent to CJSW; I wonder if we're due to get a new one?

I should be the host for Breaking The Tethers for the next long while.  The next show will be Monday, August 8, 10-11 am MT.  The music on this program will probably be akin to the Aug. 1 program; mostly new(ish), some old material.