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Polar Bear are a perfect fit for a modern London, where influences constantly collide to create new and exciting hybrids. Their take on jazz is never limited by constricting notions of what a genre ‘ought’ to sound like. Led by drummer/bandleader Sebastian Rochford, with saxophonists Pete Wareham and Mark Lockheart, double bassist Tom Herbert and Leafcutter John on electronics and ... Read more in Amazon's Polar Bear Store

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  • Audio CD (28 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Tin Angel
  • ASIN: B001AQYPX6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,722 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tay
2. Goodbye
3. "Appears, moves and sails"
4. Tomlovesalivelovestom
5. Voices
6. Industry
7. Brian
8. Sunshine
9. Leafcup
10. It Snows Again
11. Sounds Like A Train To Me
12. I Am Alive
13. Woollen Blanket
14. Joy Jones

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sick Mouthy VINE VOICE on 21 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
Apparently recorded in late 2006 but not released until now, Mercury-nominated Polar Bear's third album is also their longest, and sees them making increasing use of electronics to add texture to their music. Songs like Goodbye dissolve from the kind of tuneful, genre-hopping upbeat cool jazz we recognise as Polar Bear's signature sound into a cloud of low-key electronic droning before transforming seamlessly into the following track, while Voices is out-and-out ambient jazz, and good with it. All the while Polar Bear weave through bop, fusion, free and any other kind of jazz they fancy with scant regard for conservative classicism, proving themselves yet again to be about the best band in the world in any musical field. Awesome.
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By Greg Bryce on 5 Nov 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Saw these guys play the Tunnels in Aberdeen couple of years ago and they blew me away. Been obsessed with them since and from there have discovered lots more about contemporary British Jazz. This Album is a must listen. A display of mad creativity that seems to just work on many levels. I strongly recommend you purchase all their music.
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Format: Audio CD
Post-jazz, nu-jazz, jazz??? - what's in a name? Polar bear are, by far the most interesting musicians of any category that I have heard on a long time. Seb's energetic and innovative drumming inspires profound creative energy from his band. I recently saw them live in Galway and they are just as brilliant and professional on stage. What I initially thought was synthesised overdubbing turns out to be high-tech, live sampling of the musicians as they play, who may then respond to their own playbacks. It creates a wonderful texture which is almost never overcooked. I highly recommend Polar Bear to anyone who is interested in new music, jazz, drum and bass, or just plain, good music - they span the spectrum and push all the boundaries. From the catchy tunes, to soulful vocal collaborations, to Tom's hot bass riffs, which incorporate contemporary repetition coupled with a very fine jazz sensibility, this album will alternatively have you tapping your feet and then in wonderous rapture. You will not be disappointed! This self-titled album brings to a crescendo the ideas which were being explored in the previous two, and equally enjoyable, albums, Dim Lit and Held On The Tips Of Fingers. The new album is, apparently, due early in 2010. For Seb's alternative rock incarnation, check out Acoustic Ladyland.
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