Bipolar was born because one morning in July 2005, trumpeter/composer Jed Feuer awakened with a fervent desire, after a long layoff, to return to playing. His aim was to start a quintet which would demonstrate variety, energy, taste and almost always, a departure from the norm. He called his pal, pianist Craig Swanson, and asked him to join forces. Craig expressed great interest and enthusiasm. Within six months, BIPOLAR was performing at Bargemusic, The Metropolitan, Room, Jazz at St. Peter’s and so on. So with Jed on trumpet + flugelhorn, Craig at the piano, Stephanie Long on saxophones, flute + piccolo, David Ostrem on double bass, and James Windsor-Wells on drums, Bipolar is paving new roads into jazz repertoires and performance possibilities. Relying on strongly tailored arrangements of tunes as wide-ranging as Bach's B minor Prelude (Book 1 of the Well-Tempered Clavier) to Debussy's Passepied to Joe Henderson’s Serenity, as well as captivating originals by Feuer and Swanson, Bipolar draws from the most unusual and eclectic pool of source material to be used by any jazz quintet.
Every once in a while, a disc comes along from a player or band unfamiliar to me, and it turns out to be a wonderful package of delight. Such is the case with Euphrates, Me Jane by Bipolar.
...Bipolar thinks outside the box.
...This is their debut album, and is one that makes this listener eager for more from them in the future.
- by Joe Lang
(May ‘09 issue of Jersey Jazz)
...It's not often that a jazz band culls from multiple genres in addition to creating new music. Bipolar's approach makes for a collection that is as interesting
as it is diverse.
- by Woodrow Wilkins
(All About Jazz)
This album blossoms with the elegance and freedom of movement and expressive ebullience versing in the vane of contemporary-bop.
...“Brahms 3rd” puts one in a pensive mood with causally strolling rhythmic beats and a drum solo that bursts out of the seams.
...Bipolar understands their craft inside and out