on October 24, 2006
I have played and listened to Trad Jazz for my entire career and always wanted to be in a band as good as the FF5+2. Here they are in all their delicious zaniness and playing with their proto-typical astounding musicianship. While many of these tunes are fimiliar, the ones that aren't really well known show off the band. You have to love the insane Ward Kimball for his cheeky W.C. Fields imitation on "Fireman, Save My Child" as well as his kissing ability on the old standard "Hot Lips". I am convinced that next to Bob Short, Don Kinch was the greatest 2 beat tuba player on the West Coast and George Probert, along with his idol Sidney Bechet, will probably be sainted for making the Soprano Sax a credible musical instrument. But you have to give Ward Kimball the credit. He was the glue that held it together, and I am convinced by looking at his pictures on the cover that he had to have had a wicked, and somewhat twisted, sense of humor. Whether your tastes run runs to the stuffy, "it must be done this way" Trad Jazz mindset, or if you want to kick back and have a good smile, The FF5+2 will make your day better and may even solve the world's problems. Buy them all, you won't regret it
on April 4, 2013
If you are a fan of this band, [as I am] you will wear out the groves [on a CD?] and put holes in your shoes tapping to the tunes. It is hard for me , a die hard fan, to say anything negative about this. You can always return it if you don't like it but chances are you won't!