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Polar Bear

Jez Nelson presents Mercury Prize-nominated band Polar Bear, recorded in concert at The Garage, Islington. The line-up features drummer and composer Sebastian Rochford.

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.

1 hour, 45 minutes

Music Played

  • Food


    Composers: Iain Ballamy & Thomas Stronen

    • Quiet Inlet.
    • ECM.
  • 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

    • Thelonious Monk

      Monk's Point

      Composer: Thelonious Monk

      • Solo Monk.
      • Sony.
    • 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

    • Thelonious Monk Quartet Plus Two


      Composer: Thelonious Monk

      • At the Blackhawk.
      • Riverside.
    • Julian Arg├╝elles

      Third Escapade

      Composer: Julian Arguelles

      • Home Truths.
      • Babel.
    • Sonic Youth

      (She's in) A Bad Mood

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

      • Confusion is Sex.
      • Geffen.
    • 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

    • Untitled

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

    • Polar Bear

      Bap Bap Bap

      Composer: Seb Rochford

    • Polar Bear

      Hope Every Day is a Happy New Year

      Composer: Seb Rochford

    • Polar Bear

      The Love Didn't Go Anywhere

      Composer: Seb Rochford

    • Polar Bear

      Drunken Pharaoh

      Composer: Seb Rochford

    • Polar Bear


      Composer: Seb Rochford

    • Polar Bear


      Composer: Seb Rochford

    • Polar Bear

      Happy For You

      Composer: Seb Rochford


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