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Polar Bear

Mark Lockheart - Tenor sax Pete Wareham - Tenor sax Tom Herbert - Double Bass Leafcutter John - Leafcutter John Sebastian Rochford - drums

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Article: Play This!

Ruth Goller: Below My Skin

Read "Ruth Goller: Below My Skin" reviewed by Chris May


Since the mid noughties, Italian-born, British-based bassist Ruth Goller has been one of the backline-going-on-frontline heroes of British jazz, starting with her work with Acoustic Ladyland and Melt Yourself Down and continuing through an honour roll of convention-defying bands. “Below My Skin," on which Goller is joined by drummer Tom Skinner (Sons Of Kemet, The Smile), ...

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Article: Album Review

Champagne Dub: Rainbow

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Rainbow is not a jazz album, not in a million light years, but it is a blast, and the two core members of Champagne Dub are British jazz-and-beyond musicians who have made careers out of going off piste. Good reasons for lending an ear. The renegade twosome are Max Hallett (aka Betamax), who ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Lafayette Gilchrist, John McLaughlin, Cannonball Adderley and More

Read "Lafayette Gilchrist, John McLaughlin, Cannonball Adderley and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This is an older show from December 2021 that features several different pianists and saxophonists. Musicians heard include Lafayette Gilchrist, Cannonball Adderley, John McLaughlin, Noah Haidu, Chet Doxas, and more. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Nubya Garcia & Shabaka Hutchings Meditate Together On Bitches Brew

Read "Nubya Garcia & Shabaka Hutchings Meditate Together On Bitches Brew" reviewed by Chris May


New releases from London doff the hat to two 20th century American masterpieces. Both of the new albums feature tenor saxophonists Nubya Garcia and Shabaka Hutchings, playing alongside each other and kicking up a storm alongside other luminaries of the London scene. The double album London Brew (Concord) is to be released on ...

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Article: Interview

Tom Skinner: The Son Of Kemet Shines A Light

Read "Tom Skinner: The Son Of Kemet Shines A Light" reviewed by Chris May


Tom Skinner has been a vital presence on the alternative London jazz scene for close on twenty years. Yet, remarkably, only now in November 2022 is the drummer and composer releasing his first album under his own name. Voices Of Bishara features Skinner alongside four friends and fellow radicals: tenor saxophonists Nubya Garcia and Shabaka Hutchings, ...

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Article: Album Review

Tom Skinner: Voices Of Bishara

Read "Voices Of Bishara" reviewed by Chris May


Voices Of Bishara is one of the top three jazz albums of 2022 so far and it would take the second comings of John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Horace Silver and Lee Morgan to threaten to dislodge it. Before going into the particulars, the backstory.... An epically cross-genre drummer, Skinner has lit up avantist ...

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Article: Album Review

Mark Lockheart: Dreamers

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As a founder member of Loose Tubes and Polar Bear, saxophonist Mark Lockheart was at the forefront of two waves of reinvigoration of British jazz, one in the 1980s, the other in the 2000s. By age and experience, in 2022 he qualifies as close to an elder statesman of the music. But somehow one still thinks ...

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Article: Album Review

Pulled By Magnets: Rose Golden Doorways

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After a momentous start in the mid 2000s with saxophonist Pete Wareham's Acoustic Ladyland and his own band, Polar Bear, drummer Sebastian Rochford's path through British jazz has been distinguished, though not without the odd glitch. The highs have been Himalayan. Perhaps most notably, he played a key role in reeds player Shabaka Hutchings' Sons Of ...

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Article: Live Review

Live From Birmingham: Dinosaur, Meatraffle, Hollywood Vampires, Black Asteroids & Paul Lamb

Read "Live From Birmingham: Dinosaur, Meatraffle, Hollywood Vampires, Black Asteroids & Paul Lamb" reviewed by Martin Longley


Dinosaur Hare & Hounds June 14, 2018 Tonite, for one nite only, this is the band called Dinoseb, or perhaps Polarsaur. For some mysterious reason, Dinosaur's regular sticksman Corrie Dick went missing, to be guest-starred by Seb Rochford, most famed for his own combo, Polar Bear. Even more shocking was ...


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