When people talk about “experimental” or “cutting edge” jazz, most of the time, they’re talking out their asses. Enter Polar Bear, an experimental, cutting edge jazz quintet that actually deserves the hype. These guys are veterans. They have three albums and one Mercury Prize nomination (for 2005’s Held on the Tips of Fingers) under their belts, but with Peepers, they finally seem to have wrangled a batch of tunes capable of breaking past the critical underground.
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