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Polar Bear

1 hour, 45 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 05 April 2010

Jez Nelson presents Mercury Nominated band Polar Bear, recorded live in concert at The Garage, Islington. Known for their genre-bending approach to music, Polar Bear draw on everything from hip hop to metal, but have their roots firmly in jazz.

The band's 2005 album Held on the Tips of Fingers was shortlisted for the coveted Mercury Music Prize, and recent fourth record Peepers is possibly their strongest to date, with typically off kilter grooves and joyful twisting tunes.

Drummer and composer Sebastian Rochford is joined by Leafcutter John on guitar and electronics, tenor saxophonists Pete Wareham and Mark Lockheart and Tom Herbert on double bass.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Robert Abel.

Music Played

16 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Food

    Food Mictyris

    Composers: Iain Ballamy & Thomas Stronen

    Quiet Inlet, ECM

  • Image for Little Women

    Little Women Throat V

    Composers: Travis Laplante, Darius Jones, Andrew Smiley & Jason Nazary

    Throat, AUM Fidelity

  • Steve Beresford presents a feature on the Fluid Piano

    • Image for Thelonious Monk

      Thelonious Monk Monk's Point

      Composer: Thelonious Monk

      Solo Monk, Sony

    • Image for Matthew Bourne & Geoff Smith

      Matthew Bourne & Geoff Smith May 29th

      Composers: Matthew Bourne & Geoff Smith

      Recorded live at the Fluid Piano launch at University of Surrey

  • Seb Rochford chats to Jez about the music that has influenced Polar Bear

    • Image for Thelonious Monk Quartet Plus Two

      Thelonious Monk Quartet Plus Two Epistrophy

      Composer: Thelonious Monk

      At the Blackhawk, Riverside

    • Image for Julian Argüelles

      Julian Argüelles Third Escapade

      Composer: Julian Arguelles

      Home Truths, Babel

    • Image for Sonic Youth

      Sonic Youth (She's in) A Bad Mood

      Composers: Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo & James Sclavunos

      Confusion is Sex, Geffen

    • Image for Blacks

      Blacks Fall Back featuring P Money

      Composers: Denis Briggs & P Money

      Sick Individual, Avalanche Music

  • Polar Bear recorded at The Garage, London on March 2, 2010

    • Line up: Seb Rochford (drums), Pete Wareham (tenor saxophone), Mark Lockheart (tenor saxophone), Tom Herbert (double bass), Leafcutter John (guitar and electronics)

    • Image for Polar Bear

      Polar Bear Bap Bap Bap

      Composer: Seb Rochford

    • Image for Polar Bear

      Polar Bear Hope Every Day is a Happy New Year

      Composer: Seb Rochford

    • Image for Polar Bear

      Polar Bear The Love Didn't Go Anywhere

      Composer: Seb Rochford

    • Image for Polar Bear

      Polar Bear Drunken Pharaoh

      Composer: Seb Rochford

    • Image for Polar Bear

      Polar Bear Peepers

      Composer: Seb Rochford

    • Image for Polar Bear

      Polar Bear Fluffy

      Composer: Seb Rochford

    • Image for Polar Bear

      Polar Bear Happy For You

      Composer: Seb Rochford

  • Polar Bear

    Polar Bear

    Photo credit: Steve Gullick


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