Wednesday, February 21, 2018

February 19, 2018

Back to Breaking The Tethers! A regular BTT kinda show this week, with old and new music and a variety of styles of jazz.  My fave track this week was probably "Brigach and Ganges", a 21+ minute indo-jazz excursion from 1967.  I've somewhat got into the habit recently of beginning the program with a long track, such as "Brigach and Ganges"; I think I'll carry that on for a while with future shows.

On that note, the next edition of Breaking The Tethers will be on Monday, February 26, 2018, 10-11 am MT on Calgary's community and campus radio station, CJSW, 90.9 FM or

A reminder that you can listen to older Breaking The Tethers shows on the CJSW site:  As well, you can listen to older BTT programs, usually around six at a time, on iTunes; you can go here or click on SUBSCRIBE on the BTT CJSW site.  You can also do the same for other CJSW shows!


February 16, 2018 (Alternative To What?)

No Breaking The Tethers (BTT) here!  This was a guest-hosting gig on Alternative To What? (ATW), one of the longest-running programs on CJSW (it might be the longest now), hosted by Kerry Clarke.  Kerry was unavailable this week so she kindly let me loose on her show. Many thanks, Kerry!

I always like hosting ATW, for two main reasons.  First, it's two hours long, which allows me to go an hour longer than my usual show, Breaking The Tethers.  More time for more music!  Second, the wide musical scope of ATW means that I can play a dog's breakfast of music (not that I don't lean in this direction on BTT), which I think I did on ATW this week e.g. I played a Bob Dylan gospel tune, "Blessed is the name, and a song from a "satanic" group, Coven, "The white witch of Rose Hall".


Monday, February 12, 2018

February 12, 2017

A few notes about today's show:

*Only one older track played today (everything else was newly released), the free-form "Alpha omega apocalypse" by the late Bruce Palmer, from 1971.  Even though the it was the sole "oldie" on BTT, it made up for it in length, running at 16+ minutes.  It also featured vocals from the one and only Rick James!

*Interestingly, all the new pieces of music just had one word titles.  The only multi-word title belonged to "Alpha omega apocalypse".  Honestly, I didn't plan this!

*I cut off the first few minutes of the show on the recording.  My apologies.  Fortunately, it just chops out some of my rambling and not any music!

That's it!  Thanks for listening this week.

The next episode of Breaking The Tethers will be on Monday, February 19, 2018, from 10-11 am MT, on radio station CJSW, 90.9 fm or


Monday, February 5, 2018

February 5, 2018

Another mixed bag of sounds, much like last week, with mostly new(ish) tracks played.  This week was a bit less "out there" than last. I did a thematic book-end of sorts today, with two songs with the word "nebula" in their titles starting and ending a set of four tunes ("Nebular" by Food from their 2012 album Mercurial balm - a fave of mine - and "Nebula" by the Liebman/Murley Quartet from their 2017 record Live at U of T).  I've got a few more bookends in the planning stages...

See ya next week, Monday, February 5, 2018, 10-11 am MT, 90.9 FM,

Thanks for listening!


Monday, January 29, 2018

January 29, 2018

This was the last show for January 2018 (already!) and was much in the same line as last week, mostly new material with some visits to the past, largely leaning to the outer rim of the jazz world though with some variety (my run-on sentence for the day!).  There we go, program summed up! :-)

The next show will be on at the usual time, usual place, Monday, February 5, 2018, radio station CJSW, 90.9 FM or

Thanks for listening!


Monday, January 22, 2018

January 22, 2018

After a couple of weeks of featuring all-new material, this show featured a return to the more usual format of older and more recent content being played.  That being said, it still had a lean to the newer side, with six of the eight tracks played coming from 2017 (I think one track, by Tricia Edwards, is actually a 2018 release though I'm not 100% sure). 

This show also had lean to the out-there side of jazz a bit, manifest especially in the first piece of music played, Nels Cline and Gregg Bendian's loud, noisy, and crazed cover of John Coltrane's "Leo" (from their 1999 release, Interstellar space revisited).  Admittedly, I really liked this!  I hope it gave some folks a mid-morning freak-out :-)

The next BTT episode will be on Monday, January 29, 2018, usual place, usual time i.e. CJSW, 90.9 fm or, 10-11 am MT.  Please join me if you can!

As well, remember that you can listen to Breaking The Tethers shows going back several months at  You can also listen and subscribe via iTunes, in the podcast section.  The same goes for other CJSW programs.


Monday, January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

Another all-new edition of Breaking The Tethers here (gotta work through that backlog!).  Fave title this week: "The snakes always talk about the ill-fitting doll clothes on the chickens" by Tryyo.

An apology with the podcast: I chopped off the first few minutes of this show.  Not too much is missing; some talking from me (not important) and a bit of the first tune (important).

Next week's program, Monday, January 22, 10-11 am MT, will not be an "all-new" show.  I've done two of those in a row and it's time to go back to the usual mix of older and newer material.  Join me for this "not all-new" show at 90.9 FM or