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There is more than one artist with this name: a British jazz band and an American rock band.

1) Polar Bear is a British jazz band led by drummer Seb Rochford. Signed to the Babel Label, their first album Dim Lit was a small-scale success. Their second album, Held on the Tips of Fingers, merged elements of cool jazz, funk, dance music, free jazz, electronica, and Drum and Bass, and was a crossover hit, earning Polar Bear a nomination for the Mercury Music Prize in 2005. The success was all the more unusual for a largely instrumental album. The album was nominated for a BBC Jazz Award 2006. They are part of the F-IRE Collective.

Their latest album (titled eponymously, released July 2008) continues much in the vein of their sophomore release, focusing on the fusion of many different styles of jazz. While much more dense and lengthy than their earlier releases, early reviews are speaking highly of it.

2) Polar Bear were a Los Angeles-based band led by former Jane’s Addiction bassist, Eric Avery, who formed the band with Biff Sanders, formerly of Ethyl Meatplow, as a side project. They recorded most of their music in downtown Los Angeles, at Motiv studios. Many Jane’s Addiction fans consider Why Something Instead of Nothing? to be the best post-Jane’s Addiction work done by any of the four original members. It was re-released in 2004.


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  • brun-o

    new album is a BEAST

    31 Mar 5:28am Reply
  • Degarmo

    Wow, no shouts since 2013

    27 Mar 1:52pm Reply
  • kvae

    New favourite band! Gets better with every listen. Heavy Paws on The Purple Floor and Urban Kilt, just to mention some = ear massage.

    12 May 2013 Reply
  • Six7Six7

    Eric Avery

    21 May 2012 Reply
  • mrmocha

    Panda Bear > Polar Bear > Bear In Heaven > Grizzly Bear

    2 Mar 2012 Reply
  • vrouzbesar

    fav !!

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • murinka

    You were great in Trencin, Slovakia! Thanks!

    27 Nov 2011 Reply
  • alipacha

    one of the best contemporary Jazz band

    20 Sep 2011 Reply
  • JhoJaJA


    25 Jun 2011 Reply
  • ErowidDotOrg

    thank you based god

    18 Jun 2011 Reply
  • tolkien214

    ого! удивили неожиданно... но с клёвым исполнением!

    7 May 2011 Reply
  • Glaciduz

    its funny how people are commenting on two different bands. Loving the stuff from LA and definitely will check out the biritsh jazz band Polar Bear.

    27 Apr 2011 Reply
  • timmycbc

    Very good contemporary jazz

    7 Apr 2011 Reply
  • beanismine

    great stuff, but coming from Mr. Avery and company I'd expect no less. The musicianship jumps right at you

    25 Mar 2011 Reply
  • rangkapijak

    thank you sooo much for creating this kind of music. such different jazz. love it

    25 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Captain_Clams

    Polar Bear!!!

    8 Jan 2011 Reply
  • echo-wrapping

    нравится и музыка, и замудрённый взрыв на башке

    19 Dec 2010 Reply
  • imagemarie

    It's my favourite too. Great taste in music by the way :)

    16 Dec 2010 Reply
  • rVEO

    Am I the only person who prefers Dim Lit to all their other albums?

    12 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Koya25

    Guys, you are absolutely amazing!! :D I love this music!

    2 Dec 2010 Reply
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