Monday, April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017

This was the CJSW Listener Appreciation Week ( 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 (, and checks out this blog.  Simply, all of these are appreciated!


Monday, April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017

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,, to this blog (, to my Twitter account (@01Waller), and to my Facebook page. 


Monday, April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017

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...


Monday, April 3, 2017

April 3, 2017

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 :-)


March 27, 2017

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).