Wednesday, June 2, 2021

May 31, 2021

To greater or lesser extent, I like all the Breaking The Tethers shows I produce. In addition, some shows just go good, with nice flow, tracks that are different yet complementary, and no screw-ups from yours truly. Today's show pretty much fell into that category, I'm pleased to say. In addition, as a few people told me after shortly after the show ended, it "freaked our beans", which is always praise, IMO.  You can check out the bean-freaking music here.

I'm hoping that the next BTT episode will be just as fine. We can all find out on Monday, June 7, from 10 to 11 am MT, at or 90.9 FM.



Tuesday, May 25, 2021

May 24, 2021

There was definitely an out-there lean to the music on today's show, though not exclusively (e.g. the song by Erin Propp and Larry Roy was pretty mellow). My favourite tracks were probably "Frankenstein" by Archie Shepp, which I thought was a really good way to start the program, and "Mais non" from the Hugh Hopper Band, the late Hugh being a favourite of mine. And, of course, it's always fun to play the Aaron Keele version of the Smith's "What difference does it make". You can take it all in at

What will we get next week? As always, tune in to find out! Go to or 90.9 FM from 10 to 11 am MT on Monday, May 31.



PS I accidentally chopped off the first couple of minutes of the show. The podcast begins with the start of Shepp's "Frankenstein"; the only thing missing are my introductory words (which is probably no great loss 😆) Apologies for this.

Monday, May 17, 2021

May 17, 2021

No Andrew for this program (last-minute family thing) but my spot was ably taken by Brennan Chaudry, regular host of another CJSW show, Prisoners Dilemma. Brennan did his usual great job and played some nifty tunes. Give it a listen here.

I'll be back for the Monday, May 24 edition of Breaking The Tethers. Join me at or 90.9 FM from 10 to 11 am MT. 



May 10, 2021

I should have got to this earlier (apologies) but I invite you to check out the May 10 show, tracklist and podcast here.  There was definitely a lean "out there" this week, with a fair amount of variation within that. I also managed to fit in a few items that were on my backlog list of songs to play e.g."Jamaica east" by Randy Weston and "That's America fer ya" by Howard Roberts. Fave track this week? Probably "The creator is so far out" by the Phil Musra Group (I'm going to play something by Musra's brother, Michael Cosmic, sometime in the next few weeks, maybe even on May 24, when I'm back on air).

Thanks. Stay tuned for the next posting, on the May 17 show.


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

May 3, 2021

Lots of good music played this week, in a variety of styles, as per usual, but perhaps the most striking tracks revolved around interstellar space and the planet Mars. Allow me to explain. I figured this week's show needed to start with a bang. I've had Nels Cline and Gregg Bendian's version of John Coltrane's "Mars" (from their album Interstellar space revisited) on my to-play list for a while. This piece definitely has a kick, to say the least, so I put it on as first song, first set. I think it accomplished its task. For a comparison of sorts, I ended the set with the original version of "Mars", played by Coltrane and Rashied Ali, originally recorded in 1967 but not released until 1974, a track that is no shrinking violet either.

There may be more craziness next week. Join me to find out on Monday, May 10 from 10 to 11 am MT. Go to or 90.9 FM.



Tuesday, April 27, 2021

April 26, 2021

Howdy. Most episodes of Breaking The Tethers are pretty wide and varied. This week's show might have gone a step or two beyond the norm, which may be saying something. The range of music covered spiritual jazz ("Mountain song" by Menagerie), free jazz ("Prescott: the fort town" by Nick Fraser), synths ("Sustain" by Sam Grendel), a 70s jazz cover of a Minnie Ripperton song ("Loving you" by the George Otsuka Quartet), political stuff ("That daughter" by Janice Lowe & Namaroon), and more. Who knows what next week will bring? In the meantime, you can take in the April 26 program again or for the first time.

The next BTT show will be on the usual time and place, Monday, May 3, from 10 to 11 am MT, 90.9 FM or Please join me if you can (and I hope you can!)

Also, next week's edition will be the CJSW Listener Appreciation Week show! More on this soon!



Wednesday, April 21, 2021

April 19, 2021

This was a music-filled, 13 track BTT episode. There was a definite lean to the avant, especially in the middle section of the show, but I would say that a number of jazz bases were touched upon. Some faves from me:

"Song for my friends" by Abdullah Sami. Some great guitar work here on this NYC loft jazz classic.

"Dismal swamp" by Charles Lloyd & the Marvels. Jazz flute! And pedal steel guitar!

"More than human" by Wayne Shorter. Shorter getting out there on a favourite of mine.

"Exit music (for a film)" by the Art of Time Ensemble. They do a nice job with the Radiohead classic.

"Sunshine superman" by Dr. Lonnie Smith. And Iggy Pop! And it works!

"Where can I listen to this?!" you ask yourself. Go here!

The next Breaking The Tethers episode will be on Monday, April 26 (last Monday in April! time is passing...). Join me at or 90.9 FM form 10-11 am MT.