Re: Darren Jessee
I absolutely love Darren's playing, and have been a Ben Folds Five fan for a very long time. I've actually just spent this summer getting re-acquainted with BFF and especially the drumming. GREAT stuff!
The live set they did on Sessions at West 54th was really good, and is a great example of just how talented all three of them are. There's an energy to Ben Folds Five that has been unfortunately missing from Ben's solo stuff, and I wish the older band stuff had been a little better documented. I can't believe that one official Ben Folds Five DVD is all we got, especially since they did a reunion concert a couple years ago.
I also recently picked up Hotel Lights second album, Firecracker People, and even though it might be a little too mellow for me, it's still a great album.