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Christensen's Ragtime Review cover Dec, 1914

Critical Approval, Opprobrium &c.

Listen to Albert Ball's Flying Aces' performance on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' with Sean Rafferty

“Authentic and upbeat jazz and ragtime band led by the charming Nicholas D. Ball who sings, drums and plays that most criminally underused instrument, the spoons”- - TimeOut

“...Another storming success for The Chap Magazine and its extremely well-dressed followers. Topping the bill in the grand ballroom were Albert Ball’s Flying Aces, a Great War-era hot jazz ragtime band featuring [special guest] silky-voiced siren Patricia Hammond on vocals. The band’s entire set comprised of songs written before 1920.”- - The Chap

“Albert Ball's Flying Aces were on hand to give revellers an excellent dose of live jazz”- - METRO

“Nicholas D. Ball, front man of the jazz band Albert Ball’s Flying Aces... wears flying goggles and collarless shirts on stage. ‘People… are drawn to the aura of abandon and hedonism of the 1920s – the sort of lifestyle glamorized by F. Scott Fitzgerald in ‘The Great Gatsby’… like being in a film for an evening.’ "- - Sunday Times

“The ragtime band begin to play. Albert Ball’s Flying Aces are a motley crew supposedly made up of ex-Royal Flying Corps Pilots, although none of them look old enough to hold a pilot’s licence! They are, however, completely dressed the part and the singer has the 20s crooning style down to a tee. It gets even better when he adds spoon playing to the mix.”- - culturecompass.co.uk

“A connoisseur of 20s music… Something worthy of notice.”- - Online Drummer

“...Popular rag-time tunes that got practically the whole room dancing! Guest singer Patricia Hammond provided a captivating old-time air to the performance.”- - Observation Post

“Albert Ball’s Flying Aces... An amazing band, they play popular hits from the Great War on authentic instruments. Named for the highly decorated pilot, they perform glorious renditions of ragtime, jazz, music hall, blues and polkas from across Europe.”- - The Vanity Case

“ABFAs are upbeat, engaging and guaranteed to make your feet tap!”- - What’s On In London

“Named after a dead fighter pilot, Albert Ball’s Flying Aces are no ordinary band. They perform and bequest songs from the Great War, playing Victorian parties in and around London to celebrate music that, until now, has been forgotten to the generation from which it sprung. Far from starch and restrained, the songs they perform offer a haunting peek at a British music industry few remember.” - - drunkenwerewolf.com

“Music was supplied by Albert Ball's Flying Aces, a band that's really up my street. They play very early jazz, and make such a great sound for a small band.”  - - Bake Do & Mend

Read the complete 'ONLINE DRUMMER' feature on Nicholas D. Ball

Read the complete 'THE POP OF YESTERCENTURY' article featuring contributions on 'Rag-A-Jazz' by Mr. Ball amongst others.