Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Big Round World

Big Round World

Fall 2008 Music
Ages: 5 - 12 yrs.
CD Price: $15.00
Review:
Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood, the duo known as Trout Fishing in America, are the real deal: solid rock 'n roll and jazz pros who fuel their comic and soulful songs with powerhouse vocal and instrumental stylings (complemented here by musicians Luther Gray, Fred Bogert, David Renko and others). Cautionary messages, with Trout's trademark tongue-in-cheek delivery, include "Too Good to Be True" -- a bebop-cool track involving a found bag of money -- and "Always Chew Your Food" ("It would be so rude if you died choking on your food/You'll never be invited back again.") Idlet and Grimwood are equally deft with thoughtful approaches to themes of unity and diversity (the title track and "Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks"). The songs' direct appeal to children comes from first-hand experience: according to the album's liner notes, many of the tracks were inspired by the duo's workshops in elementary schools.
Lynne Heffley   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Lynne was a staff writer for 25 years at the Los Angeles Times where she established and maintained the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat and was a general arts reporter. As a freelance writer and editor, Lynne is currently working in the arts and family entertainment fields.

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