I'm really digging this shit, and I need more stuff like it for my collection, any recommendations?
(Disregard the video for this one)
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2NXNAfMdG4&feature=related]YouTube - Polar Bear -To Touch The Red Brick[/VIDEO]
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HQObVB-ZXU&feature=related]YouTube - Beartown - Polar Bear[/VIDEO]
(Same for this one, disregard video [and bitches])
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0iCNCwiJs8&feature=quicklist]YouTube - Polar Bear - Argumentative[/VIDEO]
I've never heard any other jazz that incorporates Russian folk idioms the way this does, but then I don't pay attention to the Russian jazz scene.
Apart from the Russian stuff, this reminds me of Albert Ayler, but without the psychotic weirdness (which is my favorite part about Albert's music.)
If you like this, you really should check out Ayler's music. He was a '60s avant-garde jazz saxophonist, whose music was a strange combination of atonal weirdness and Dixieland influences. Sort of like a New Orleans marching band on acid. When you first listen to Albert's music, your initial reaction is "WTF is this???", but then it gets under your skin. Ayler wasn't predominantly atonal, but it's an interesting element.
It's that marching-band connection that makes me think of Ayler when listening to those clips by Polar Bear. The sax player in Polar Bear has clearly been listening to a lot of Ayler, based on his tone and phrasing.
Two Ayler albums I recommend: The Hilversum Sessions, which is readily available at Amazon etc., and Live in Greenwich Village: The Complete Impulse Recordings, which is not in print anymore but should be easy to find used, since it was on a major label.
Albert was probably *literally* psychotic. His brother Donald was the trumpet player in Albert's band, and Donald had to be committed to a mental institution in the late '60s. Albert went haywire shortly thereafter, releasing a very strange, rambling pop/avant-garde album called Music Is The Healing Force of the Universe, and then washing up dead in the East River under mysterious circumstances in 1970.