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Dim Lit

Artist: Polar Bear

Date of Release: 01/09/2004

Catalogue no: 100

Label: Babel

Price: £12

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

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Heavy Paws on the Purple Floor

6.27

2

 

Not Here, Not Near

6.51

3

 

Eve's Apple

8.01

4

 

Polar Bear Standing and Ready

3.45

5

 

Urban Kilt

6.21

6

 

Snow

4.30

7

 

Underneath You Can See Too Much

7.00

8

 

The Shapes in the Clouds Aren't Always Happy

7.27

9

 

New Dark Park

9.31

10

 

Wild Horses

5.12

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Julia Biel

Polar Bear Dim Lit

Seb Rochford, drums; Pete Wareham, tenor sax; Mark Lockheart, tenor sax; Tom Herbert, double bass; Julia Biel, guest vocals A polar bear is deceptive: a soft and cuddly exterior conceals a more menacing and potentially dangerous reality. Thus it is with Seb Rochford's Polar Bear, which offers a vital cutting edge alternative to the current easy listening Parkinson-endorsed public image of jazz.

With a BBC Rising Star nomination in 2003 already in the bag, highly distinctive young drummer/composer/producer/electronic remixer Seb Rochford is set for big things this year. Seb is already one of the most talked about and sought-after drummers on the UK jazz scene, but whose curiosity for all music means he's also passionately involved in both worlds of contemporary rock and electronica.

With the youthful immediacy of the alt rock and beats culture, jazz groups such as Medeski Martin and Wood, Bad Plus, Jaga Jazzist, Cinematic Orchestra, and Radiohead's dark, extended organic workouts are among the popular cultural contexts in which real jazz is working its magic right now. Polar Bear are part of the new breed of improvisers using a lethal dose of raw hypnotic grooves, excitingly urgent far-out spontaneity and total song-like melody. This wide view comes together with the much awaited release of their debut 'Dim Lit' on Babel. On the album, the 2 saxes-bass-drums quartet, Polar Bear, explore the dark but cuddly regions of improvised music for the new century.

 

Reviews

 

01/01/2004 James Griffiths, The Guardian

"Seb Rochford may just be the coolest looking drummer in jazz right now, and judging from his astounding solo, he may also be a genius"

 

01/01/2003 John Fordham The Guardian

"…the changing patterns of Rochford's understated percussion, Tom Herbert's dark bass presence and the slow dance of the two horns give Polar Bear an increasingly special character. A group with a significant future...."

 

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