Polar Bear’s In Each And Every One which we took a look at here back in May is one of three jazz albums named amongst the 12 ‘Albums Of The Year’ and nominated for the 2014 Mercury Prize.
Creatures from the glacial regions have certainly not been frozen out in 2014, as a second jazz set on the shortlist is V2.0 by GoGo Penguin. I don’t know much about them yet but the following comment invites a listen and I will report back here at downwithit.info.
Their second album v2.0 “pushes the acoustic piano trio format further into the future” (Jazzwise Magazine).
Sounds interesting, but I shudder on imagining what the London Jazz Collector posse may think of a piano trio supplemented by electronica.
Nick Mulvey’s Next Mind completes a strong jazz representation (although this album is more of of a singer/songwriter outing).
The overall Mercury Prize Winner will be announced on 30 October 2014.