Monday, May 29, 2017

May 29, 2017

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.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May 22, 2017

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! :-)


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May 16, 2017 (Lush Life)

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,


Monday, May 15, 2017

May 15, 2017

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,  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!


Monday, May 8, 2017

May 8, 2017

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,  Should be fun!


Monday, May 1, 2017

May 1, 2017

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.