Monday, July 17, 2017

July 17, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170717/

In part, this was another "all-new" show, in that all the pre-recorded music I played (a handful of tracks) was, indeed, all newly-released.  However, the bulk of the program was made up up a live performance by Shadow of the Mountain (Craig Pedersen on amplified trumpet and Elizabeth Millar on amplified clarinet).  It was engaging experimental stuff, taking up just under half the show.  Many thanks for Craig and Elizabeth for dropping by CJSW.  It was very good to have some live music on Breaking The Tethers, after some absence.

Next week, no live performances or interviews (as far as I know!) but I will be featuring all newly-released stuff.  I'm hoping to fit in lots and lots of music.

Andrew

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July 10, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170710

This was the "all-new" show that I had originally planned to deliver last week (I changed things close to the last minute).  Everything here was newly-released and it was good.  Personally, I dug everything that was played, just solid tracks covering some variation in musical style, leaning a bit to the outer edge of the jazz galaxy (as per usual).

The next show will also likely be an all-new program.  I'm a bit backlogged in terms of the new stuff that I want to feed to listeners' ears, not that that's a bad thing!

There might also be a live performance and interview next week.  More on this soon!

Andrew


PS About three months to CJSW funding drive... 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July 3, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170703/

Well, the original plan was that this would be another all-new-tunes show, the same sort of thing as the week prior.  However, not long before today's program began, I kinda said "what the heck" and decided to present a more "regular" kind of show, featuring both new and old material. The end result was pretty good, I thought.  It included some tracks that I had on deck for a while but hadn't managed to play e.g. the Ali/Jenkins and Bunky Green pieces.  Anyway, it'll be an all-new show for July 10 (really... almost certainly! :-)

Andrew

Monday, June 26, 2017

June 26, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170626

As I threatened last week, I made this week's episode an "all-new" show.  As sometimes happens, I'm backlogged on newly-released content that I want to feature on Breaking The Tethers and I want to be able to cross items off the list (linear brain or do I just have low-end OCD? :-).   I have to admit, I really liked everything played this week, just a nice mix of tracks.  Of course, there were only six tracks played, the result of putting on the crazy and wonderful "Boss redux" by Chicago/London Underground, a piece I've been angling to get on air for a while now.  The next edition of BTT, on July 3 (July already!) will likely also be an all-new show. 

Andrew

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

June 19, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170619

Just a good overall show this week, methinks.  11 tracks played (more than the usual) with some variation of style, though there was nothing too straight-ahead nor too far out.  Fave album title: We saw a bozo under the sea by Zoot Horn Rollo.

I suspect that next week's program will feature all-new music; I'm kinda backlogged in newly-released material that I want to showcase.  I'm not 100% sure yet.  Tune in and find out :-)

Andrew

Monday, June 12, 2017

June 12, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170612

This was mostly a regular kind of show.  I played some new tunes, some older ones, in a variety of styles (fave track: "Part 2" by Harris Eisenstadt); it was much like last week. On the other hand, it wasn't a regular kind of show.  For the first time in at least a year, I did a phone interview!  This was with musician, composer, bandleader, etc Nick Fraser (who has been featured on Breaking The Tethers a number of times over the years).  Nick called in from Toronto (where he was in the studio) mid-show to talk about the concert he's giving at the King Eddy with Kris Davis and Tony Malaby on Saturday, June 17, 9:30 pm, part of the JazzYYC Summer Festival.  It was nice to talk with Nick and to be able to promote the concert and the festival.

The next edition of Breaking The Tethers will be Monday, June 19, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM, www.cjsw.com.

Andrew

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

June 5, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170605/

Not really a straight-ahead, mellow(er) show this week, as opposed to last. Definitely a mixed bag with an  a lean to more out-there sounds (e.g. Roscoe Mitchell, Oneida & Rhys Chatham).  I suspect that the next few shows will be along similar lines though I might end up doing an "all new" show or two in June and/or July. 

Andrew



Monday, May 29, 2017

May 29, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170529/

Whoa!  What a mellow show!  What did I do?  Well, it's not the end of the world but it definitely was a lighter program than usual though I don't think it got into mushy territory much never mind elevator music :-) There was also a lot of piano featured this week, not fully by design, but I went with it.  I suspect that next week's edition of BTT will be a little wilder, a little more out there.

Andrew

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May 22, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170522/

A mixed bag show this week, though not quite as spread across last week's edition.  Definitely more of a rock feel to some of the tracks than usually appears on the program.  I also managed to fit in 11 tracks, a bit more than the normal nine.  I suspect that the May 29 show will follow in the same vein as this week.  That's it! :-)

Andrew


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May 16, 2017 (Lush Life)

http://cjsw.com/program/lush-life/episode/20170516

Not Breaking The Tethers, but Lush Life.  The usual host of Lush Life, Megan, is away this week (and next) so I filled in for her for the Tuesday, May 16 program.  It was an early morning but definitely worth it.  I enjoyed having another opportunity to play jazz (in a bit mellower mode overall than I usually feature) and for a bit longer than usual (90 minutes, with a break for the BBC news, instead of 60 minutes).  I hope I managed to fill Megan's shoes, at least somewhat, and do her program justice.

I'll be back on air next Monday, 10-11 am, for another edition of Breaking The Tethers on CJSW, 90.9 fm, www.cjsw.com.

Andrew

Monday, May 15, 2017

May 15, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170515

Sometimes, my shows are kind of thematically connected, at least in a loose way i.e. I'm in a such-and-such mood and it manifests in the music played.  Other times, I'm all over the map.  Today's program definitely falls into the latter category.  There's Pink Floyd, congotronics, Billy Strayhorn and Tom Waits covers, jazz flute, the Arkestra, a bandoneon & cello duet, and much more.  Maybe the May 22 program will be less disparate... or not!

I'll be filling in for Megan on Lush Life tomorrow, 5:30-7:00 am MT, CJSW, 90.9 FM, www.cjsw.com.  I hope I can do a good a job as she does!  And stay awake - I've never started a show quite that early! (BTT used to be on at 6:00 am; that was as early as I could handle on a regular basis).  Anyway, please join me!

Andrew

Monday, May 8, 2017

May 8, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170508/

As I suspected last week, this ended up being (yet) another "all new music" show.  I'll go back to the "new and old" format next week but I needed to make one further dent in the stack (physical and digital) of new jazz that has come my way recently.

Some quick notes from this week's program, in no particular order:

*I managed to play 13 tracks today, perhaps the most I've managed to squeeze in since BTT went to one hour (normally, it's about nine tracks).  In large part, this was due to the fact that the short pieces I played were 1-2 minutes long and the "long" tracks were 4-5 minutes long.  I'll play some lengthier stuff next week but it was nice to feature a large number of tunes for once.

*Much of the music today was horn-heavy, though not in a big band sense.  Specifically, there was a lot of trumpet e.g. Jeremy Pelt, Rebecca Hennessy, the Jensen sisters.

*This was a largely Canadian show.  7/13 tracks played were by Canadian artists, including the first set of four tunes.


*This program was kinda mellow, at least for Breaking The Tethers.  While I wouldn't go as far as to say that it was a straight-ahead show (though at least one song played today definitely fell into that category, "She walks this earth" by Cory Weeds & the Jeff Hamilton Trio), it wasn't as wild as BTT can be sometimes.  I'll have to bring more of the freak next week :-)

I should also add that I'll be filling in for Megan on the Lush Life show next week, Tuesday, May 16, 5:30-7:00 am, usual station (90.9 FM, www.cjsw.com).  Should be fun!

Andrew

Monday, May 1, 2017

May 1, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170501/

As expected, this ended up being another "all-new" program; I just keep receiving and coming across new music that I want to feature on the program (it's piling up now).  Maybe I'll do one more all new show next week and then go back to the more-regular (I think!) playing of new and old(er) material on BTT.

Anyway, I thought this was a pretty good mix of styles and sounds, as well as lengths; the show ran the gamut from the 20-minute "Zoltan" by Larry Young to a couple of tracks that were about two minutes long.

Andrew

Monday, April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170424

This was the CJSW Listener Appreciation Week (http://cjsw.com/listener/) show for Breaking The Tethers.  I thought I would do something just a little bit different and do a mini-focus on the Impulse! label (the one with the orange spines!).  Over the years, I've played a great deal of music from this label and, admittedly, it's one of my favourites; if I see something from Impulse!, at the least, I can assume that it's pretty good and it might even be great.  The tracks I played today were largely from the heyday of the label, the '60s, with one from the '70s and another from just 2015.  Most were on the freakier side of what Impulse! produced; that being said, Impulse! was often seen as a free jazz label but they put out a fairly wide variety of jazz (and other musical styles).  Next week (Monday, May 1, 10-11 am MT), it'll be back to usual though I might end up doing an all-new-material show.

As this is Listener Appreciation Week, I want to send out my thanks to everyone who listens to Breaking The Tethers (and other CJSW shows), goes to the BTT page on the CJSW site (http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/), and checks out this blog.  Simply, all of these are appreciated!

Andrew

Monday, April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170417/

OK, I know, it's getting repetitive but this was another "all-new" show, featuring some pretty great music, the third one in a row.  So much good new stuff has come my way...  I suspect I have another one in me in the next few weeks, for better or for worse :-)

On a different note, I need to mention that CJSW will be holding another Listener Appreciation Week (LAW) very soon, from April 21-28 (don't hold this too me but I think this is the second annual LAW).  All sorts of cool things will be happening on air and elsewhere during this week, including on the next edition of Breaking The Tethers, on Monday, April 24, 10-11 am MT.  Stay tuned to CJSW (90.9 FM, www.cjsw.com), to this blog (tethers.blogspot.com), to my Twitter account (@01Waller), and to my Facebook page. 

Andrew

Monday, April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170410

As I suspected would happen, this ended up a being another "all-new" show.  So much new material in the jazz realm (in CD and digital formats) has come my way that I need to devote another full program (like last week) to it.  What we ended up with was a nice mixed bag of sounds, beginning with perhaps my fave track from this week, "Something must happen" by the Chicago/London Underground (though I definitely dug everything else this week).

As for next week (Monday, April 17, 10-11 am MT), it might be an "all-new" program as well but we'll see... We'll also see about the week after that... stay tuned...

Andrew

Monday, April 3, 2017

April 3, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170403

No shortage of new music (mostly newly-released, some newly re-released) has crossed my path over the last few weeks so I decided to have an all-new feature for this week's program. Everything in this program could have the word "new" affixed to it in some way or other.  And I think it worked out well; this ended up being just a nice show to program, with the tracks sitting beside each other well, no matter how straight or freaky they sound (and there was a mix of both).  About 50% Canadian, too.

I suspect that next week's edition of Breaking The Tethers will be an all-new show as well along with the one after that, maybe.  After that I might just have an all-old program or two, just to balance things :-)

Andrew

March 27, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170327

I'm a bit delayed in getting this (apologies) out but here's the blurb on the March 27 edition of  Breaking The Tethers.

This show was almost an ideal one, IMHO.  A fair number of tracks were played (nine), covering both old and new and a mix of styles.  Interestingly, the tracklist features three big band ("large group") tunes; these weren't really in a traditional big band style but, nonetheless, I don't think I've ever done anything like this before (I'm not the biggest big band fan, especially from the height of the big bands; maybe something like this happened when BTT was two or three hours long).

Andrew

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March 20, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170320

Another edition of Breaking The Tethers hosted by the one and only Linda Cunningham.  I was in Baltimore, MD, for a conference (still am, as I write this).  Many thanks to Linda for sitting in (again)!  She managed to play 10 tracks; that's a lot for only one hour of air time.

Andrew

March 13, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170313

A nice mix of old and new presented this week.  Some longer tunes, including a couple of Haden/Motian live features and Jackie McLean's "Kahlil the prophet", a track from 1963 that I've had  on deck to play for a while but it just hasn't made it on air (until now).  Playing this track made me realize that, for some reason, the "older pieces" I've had on the show have often been from just a few years ago; not quite sure how that happened but such is the way it's gone.

Andrew

March 6, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170306

Kind of a cool show here, with more tracks than usual.  Among others, there are two big band tunes; some short, jazzy Grateful Dead pieces (from their jazziest release, Blues For Allah); two Coltranes (John and Alice); and gongs, man, gongs! (courtesy of Kaufmann and Welsch).

Andrew

February 27, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170227

And more catching up.  This was one of two recent programs hosted by Linda Cunningham, who did a great job as always (I was in Hawaii when this episode was on).  Very much a "Linda" show this week ☺.  Many thanks again to Linda.

Andrew


February 20, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170220

OK, I'm bad, very bad.  I'm about a month behind in making this posting.  Mea culpa.  I beat myself up.

Alright, penance completed.  A few words about this show... which I really liked, I must say.  A great start, with my old fave "Ich, bin, George" by the Flat Earth Society, which features some rocking clarinet (yes, really).  Everything that follows is pretty groovy and diverse as well.  I even managed to sneak in some Richard Thompson, a short track from his Cabaret of souls record from a few years back.

Andrew

Thursday, February 16, 2017

February 13, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170213

Another all-new program, the last for a while, featuring only six tracks.  A nice mix of styles, I thought, from super-straight-ahead (which I infrequently play) to some fairly-out there stuff.  Diverse instrumentation as well and one vocal track (again, vocals rarely appear on BTT).

Next week, it'll be back to the usual mix of old and new.  From what I've got planned so far, things will be pretty varied stylistically as well.  The Feb. 20 program will be my last... for a week.  I'll be away for the Feb. 27 show; Linda Cunningham will be filling in, as she has done many times in the past, and will do her regular fantastic job.  I'll be back for the first edition of Breaking The Tethers in March, on March 6.

Andrew

Monday, February 6, 2017

February 6, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170206

First show in February (wow, February already...), on a cold, snowy, snowy day in Calgary.  This ended up being an "all-new" program, which jumped between the fairly far out there (e.g. Ware and Shipp) and some fairly straight-ahead material (e.g. Paul Yonemura).  I also played fewer tracks than usual, in part because the Ware and Shipp performance went a bit over 20 minutes.  Not quite sure what I'm going to do next week but I suspect that it might be another "all new" edition; after that, it'll be back to the usual old + new fare.

Andrew

Monday, January 30, 2017

January 30, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170130

 Another show following the recent, usual pattern, part new stuff, part old stuff.  This program definitely had a 70s jazz-rock feel to parts of it; ELP and Jeff Beck would do that. No physical butterfingers during this episode, unlike last week, but I did trip over my tongue a fair amount, especially as the show went on (I thought I started rather smooth and went downhill from there).

Next show is Monday, February 6, 10-11 am MT.  I might do an "all-new" program; we'll see...

Andrew

January 23, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170123

Managed to play a whopping 12 tracks this week.  This may not seem like much but it's a bundle, considering I normally max out at 8 or 9.  Comes with hosting a jazz(ish) show; the tracks can be long...

I was also a bit of a butterfingers on this program.  Not so much with my mouth but actually with my fingers!  Hopefully, it didn't show through much :-)

Andrew

Monday, January 16, 2017

January 16, 2016

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170116

Show #3 of 2017, mostly featuring older material, largely from the early 2010s (geez, we're in the later half of that decade already... time passes, time passes...), with a couple of brand new tracks.  I playedtwo Nostalgia 77 pieces, as kind of bookends to a set; I like doing this and will be doing more of it in the future. Best track title this week: "Teenage breakup song" by Peripheral Vision, which I thought was appropriate for the music.

Andrew

Thursday, January 12, 2017

November 7, 2016

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20161107

Alright, last catch-up posting here.  I got off the rails late last year and have finally made things better.  The next posting will be for the upcoming show on Monday, January 16, with weekly reports after each program following that.

As with other shows recently, this was what has become the regular kind of BTT program i.e. a jumble of old and new material, about 1/3 of it Canadian content.  However, it also featured a "bookending", involving two Ahmad Jamal tunes (each with a weather/seasonal theme); one started the program and the other ended it.  For some reason, I find myself doing this a fair amount (and planning to do it in the future), both across the show and within sets.  Let's see what comes of this...

Andrew

November 14, 2016

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20161114

Two to go and then all caught up.  Presenting the Nov. 14, 2016 program.  Again, it was the usual kinda thing for BTT, half old, half new, about 1/3 Canadian.  All good stuff, I say.

Andrew

November 28, 2016

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20161128

Working backwards, I'm now into November 2016, with three programs left to post.  This show was the usual sort of mix of music, with a lean to new releases.

Andrew

December 5, 2016

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20161205

This finishes up December in terms of catching up.

Another nice show with a good mix, not too much more to say.  I like the fact that I began things with a track entitled "Fin" :-)

Andrew

December 12, 2016

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20161212

And still more catching up on posts here.  This is the second last one for December 2016 still to do.

Basically, just a good show, some new stuff, some old(er) stuff. "I say old(er)"because I've noticed that almost all of the "not new" songs I've been playing on the show are just a few years old. Haven't planned it that way but that's what's happened.  Not a big deal, of course; what gets played is what gets played.  There was a fairly old piece on the Dec. 12 program, the Chico Hamilton/Paul Horn piece, which was released in 1963.

Andrew

Monday, January 9, 2017

January 9, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170109/

Second show of the year, this one featuring only "old" material; that is, only songs that were released before the last year, give or take a bit (though the track by the Oberon Guitar Trio might violate this by a little bit).  Every now and again, I present "all new" programs so I thought it would be interesting to do the reverse.  Most of the tracks this week ended up being pretty recent anyway, with 2011 being the most common year.  Next week, the show should be the usual mix of old and new.

Andrew

Thursday, January 5, 2017

December 19, 2016

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20161219

Second last show of 2016, featuring lots of Canadian content and some nifty tunes (as always!)
This program also marks the first appearance of a seasonal song this Christmas season, "Dad threw up on Christmas Day" by the Arrogant Worms, the first of two A. Worms' songs dealing with vomit played on BTT.

Andrew

December 26, 2016

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20161226/

I am now officially catching up on late posts, starting with the December 26, 2016 program.  This was a solid, fun show, with plenty of variety in content, ranging from some Christmas-themed items to Emerson, Lake, & Palmer (Greg Lake died a few days before).  I also played 12 tracks, which is about as much as one can squeeze into a one-hour jazz(ish) program (without loads of planning).

Andrew

January 2, 2017

http://cjsw.com/program/breaking-the-tethers/episode/20170102/

First post in 2017, about the first Breaking The Tethers (BTT) show in 2017.  Nothing too special about the program, just a mix of old and new and various styles.  I did include a Christmas leftover, "Christmas on acid" by Radio Free Vestibule (now The Vestibules); not necessarily jazz but always a fun one to play.

I realized that I haven't posted about any BTT programs since late Nov. 2016.  Bad, bad, bad.  Shame overcomes me (well, maybe not but I do feel a tad guilty :-).  I will remedy this situation over the next few days, beginning with this post.

Andrew