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Sebastian Rochford [drums]

Pete Wareham [tenor sax]

Leafcutter John [electronics]

Mark Lockheart [tenor sax]

Tom Herbert [bass]


Featuring guest artists:

Jonny Philips [guitar]

Ingrid Laubrook [tenor sax)

Joe Bentley [trombone]

Emma Smith [violin]

Hannah Marshall [cello]


'Held on The Tips Of Fingers' is fast becoming a classic UK jazz album. It was selected by Jazzwise magazine as one of 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World, placing it together with iconic albums such as Kind Of Blue and Keith Jarrett's Cologne Concert.


Polar Bear's raw-boned, dramatic music mixes jazz with an electronic soundscape and a punk sensibility, underpinned by break-beat and rock rhythms. Combined with their compelling contrapuntal melodies and driving energy it's a sound that has already won them critical acclaim and a devoted audience. On this album, electronic artist Leafcutter John further expands the realms of their sonic world.


Held On The Tips Of Fingers includes nine original compositions by drummer and bandleader Sebastian Rochford, who is as likely to listen to Bjork, Devendra Banhart, Beethoven and Pig Destroyer as he is to Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.


"Polar Bear blast out of the past, full of straight, cool school skills, and detonate the past, bursting with edgy, forward-looking lust." (Paul Morley, Observer Music Monthly)


"[The album] explores a mix of trance-like, long-note music over eerie, hypnotic grooves, full-on electronics and free-improv, melancholic songs, punky thrashes and some of the best two-sax conversation to be heard on the current scene." (John Fordham, The Guardian)


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