Much has been written, critiqued, lauded and commented about the FH5+2, the best traditional jazz band ever, in the opinion of many. This here is the only live recording, not studio. Keep this in mind, please. It is a bit different from what you may expect. It is worth it, however, by all means. It gives you a new perspective of what this band can actually do. Notably, the sound engineer(s) had a bit of a problem to get everything adjusted in the early stages of the concert, but they caught on and things turned out ok. They could have conducted a better preparatory sound check. That's why I give this one only a 4 Star rating, not to blame the band itself. The shortfall lies in the engineering. But don't let that stop you from adding this CD to your collection. It is a pleasure to listen to it, anyway.
"Firehouse Five Plus Two", was a Dixieland jazz band that made at least 10 albums. They performed on the Bing Crosby radio show, Jazz Scene USA, Hit Parade, a 1958 appearance on Stars of Jazz, Milton Berle Show in 1954, Ed Sullivan in 1953, and the Ed Wynn show in 1950 - to name a few. They appeared on a float in the 66th Rose Bowl Parade. They appeared in a musical short feature in 1951 with Theresa Brewer. They appeared in a movie as themselves titled, Grounds for Marriage" in 1951.
The band was started by the bandleader and some members of the group who were animators at the Walt Disney Studios animation department. While they were obviously very busy working, creative work has a unique kind of stress that allows some craziness at the office. For these guys, they liked to blow off steam on breaks and after work. They played in the studio offices or on a studio soundstage in the early days for themselves and co-workers. Their jam sessions caused animators, storymen, and...
Comprised of Disney artists and directors, The Firehouse Five plus Two satisfied my early interest in Dixieland Jazz and Disneyland to a "T"! Their style was reflective of the happy-go-lucky attitude of their personalities.
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