Firehouse Five Plus Two: George Probert (soprano saxophone); Ward Kimball (trombone); Danny Alguire (trumpet); Don Kinch (tuba); Frank Thomas (piano); Dick Roberts (banjo); Eddie Forrest (drums).
Compilation producer: Ward Kimball.
Recorded at Contemporary Studios, Los Angeles, California between 1958 and 1969. Includes liner notes by Ward Kimball.
Personnel: Dick Roberts (banjo); George Probert (soprano saxophone); Danny Alguire (trumpet); Ward Kimball (trombone); Don Kinch (tuba); Frank Thomas (piano); Eddie Forrest (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Author: Ward Kimball.
Recording information: Contemporary Studios, Los Angeles, CA (09/29/1958-03/14/1969).
This CD reissues the complete set originally titled Dixieland Favorites plus adds five other selections from other dates. Most of the music dates from 1958-60 when the Firehouse Five Plus Two was at the peak of its popularity. Unlike most of their other releases, all of the selections on this CD are dixieland standards including such songs as "Fidgety Feet," "Muskrat Ramble," "Royal Garden Blues" and even "When the Saints Go Marching In." An excellent second-level band, the Firehouse Five Plus Two made up in spirit for what they generally lacked in originality. A fun release. ~ Scott Yanow