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Flim & The BB's

One of the most popular fusion and light jazz groups to emerge during the 1980s, Flim and the BB's comprised bassist Jimmy Johnson, keyboardist Billy Barber, percussionist Billy Berg and reeds player Dick Oatts. (For the record, "Flim" was an old nickname of Johnson's, while "the BB's" originated from Barber and Berg's shared initials). Debuting in 1982 with the album Tricycle, Flim and the BB's' fusion sound proved ideally suited for the onset of the compact disc boom; they were among the first artists to record utilizing digital technology, and albums like 1985's Big Notes and 1987's Neon quickly found a following not only among contemporary jazz fans but also among tech-heads. After 1988's Further Adventures, the quartet departed indie label DMP for Warner Bros., making their major-label debut a year later with New Pants. 1992's This Is a Recording was their final effort. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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INNOCENT BYSTANDER! Awesome tune Flim,I was just passing by & btw,I loved it guys! ; )
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MAN OVERBOARD! Flim & The BB's,yes,my kind of band! ; )
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JAZZ PATROL! Nothing like Flim & The BB's,truly one of a kind musical innovators! ; )
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HEARTSTRINGS ! The amazing & incomparable one of a kind FLIM & THE BB's! ; )
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Great,great band,who also happened to have made musical history! :)
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Thank you Pandora 4 FLIM & THE BB's! I used 2 have this same album in my collection when it was released. Awesome band,beautif u l musicianship ! WOW,NEW PANTS, it's a small world after all!
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One of my favorite Jazz groups, along with the Rippingtons. Have the whole discography and find it fantastic music to get my butt in gear when a deadline looms. Sure wish they were still recording together.
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great band .... wish they were still around
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cole.anthony 6 3 9 6 1
This group definitely for the sea l serious jazz listeners!!!
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mandlville1
Such positive music...crac k e r j a c k musicians with a sense of whimsy and a flair for the unexpected. Like listening to the soundtrack of a movie you'd love that doesn't exist.
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One of the most enjoyable groups- EVER...
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Tricycle was my first cd on my the new cd player in the 80's...blew me away!
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Can't believe I'm still listening to these guys 20 some years later. Tom Jung at DMP did these guys right! What a sound! So far ahead of their time.
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Missing is the album 'Tricycle' whose title track was a huge radio hit in 1988. Other albums included 'Neon' and Billy Barber had a solo record that was well received which came out in 1991.
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kcdyier
I like this tune!
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While on the surface they sound like the Yellowjacket s (who are nothing to sniff at) or the Rippingtons, their classical training and depth of musical background is still unique 20 years later, with dissonant and off-beat riffs blending in with the usual smooth jazz flow to delight the mind and keep the heart leaping. You'll always be listening for the next change in mood or imagery that is just around the corner.
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eccello
I am proud to say I own their entire discography including Vintage BB's which is missing from the list above. Billy Berg is also well known as a Disney animator. Among his many credits is the lead animator for the Aladdin character.
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Flim and the BB's is one of my all time favorate bands in the world! "Big Notes" the the CD that did it for me.
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Jim Johnson is my favorite bass player of all time. What an ear!
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....I could have sworn I heard The Yellow jackets playing..
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What about "This is a Recording"?
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jdschak
These guys sound just like Spyro Gyra and The Rippingtons. I don't mean that in a bad way, I'm just sayin'....
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have you ever heard of the cd Tricycle. these guys are clasically trained, I first listen to them back in 84, and we need them now
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john.howley
This is my favorite band of all times, I have every CD they ever released. Great with headphone or a good set of the original 80's Polk speakers and a Carver amp, It just doesn't get any better!!!
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This group reminds me a little of the Larsen/Feite n band, as well as some Dave Grusin from the 80s.
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I remember first hearing these guys when Tricycle came out in the 80's. I've always loved the different sounds these guys would bring to their recordings. Almost like a grand experiment that went very right.
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donsears8
The first digital music I ever heard was the first track of Tricycle. A friend had a portable DAT and put headphones on me. Then he cranked it up. I was hooked!
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andyczech
very good, indeed.
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washington_5 0 7
I was turned on to Flim & the BB's in 1989 by someone who bought their "Big Notes" CD and decided that they didn't like it. They gave me the CD and I have been a fan of the group ever since. I would love to hear them do something new.
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Stealth. For only the true ecclectics.
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Great music.
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FINALLY!!! Someone who acknowledges this incredible group!!! Would LOVE to see more of their recordings make it to Pandora!!!

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