Polar Bear

Published On March 6, 2014 | By Tom Sayer | Music & Nightlife Reviews & Previews

Wed 26th March

London-based experimental jazz quintet Polar Bear are heading to Brighton this month to showcase their brand new fifth album In Each and Every One, which is to be released 24th March on The Leaf Label. The album marks the ten year anniversary of the band’s debut album Dim Lit in 2004, which was followed up by the Mercury Music Prize nominated Held On The Tips Of Fingers in 2005, which was also listed in Jazzwise Magazine’s 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World’. The band is led by drummer and bandleader Seb Rochford with Pete Wareham and Mike Lockheart on saxophones, Tom Herbert on double bass and Leafcutter John on electronics.

The first track to be released from the new record is Be Free, an expansive and slightly trippy blend of cool jazz, free-form, be-bop and electronica, accompanied by a most unusual video by Jacek Zmarz, which looks like a cross between an old iPod advert with its vibrant backdrop colours and a video exhibition of Andy Warhol with its strange combinations of nature images and dancing people, all through a series of stylistic filters. Check it out here.

Polar Bear were amongst the first wave of artists released to be playing Love Supreme Festival this July. See more details about the other great acts already confirmed here.

I saw Polar Bear last April when I was working at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and they were certainly something else. Be sure to check them out, along with the other great artists listed in this months Top 10 Brighton Gigs in March.

With support from Shiver + DJ Samuel Organ (Physics House Band / KLDSCP).


About The Writer

Tom Sayer is a Music and Creative Writing graduate from Bangor University, born and raised in Hove. After completing an MA in Composition for Film he returned to his hometown and dived back into the local music scene, seeking out the best and freshest music to write about for welovebrighton. Tom's musical interests range from Acoustic and Indie to Film Music and Jazz and he hopes to one day write for a music magazine, so feel free to send in your job offers!