Much of Ben Folds Five's work was influenced by jazz, evident in frequent improv-styled passages through bridge and/or ending. During their seven years together, the band released three proper studio records, one retrospective album of B-sides & outtakes, and eight singles. They also contributed to a number of soundtracks and compilations. Ben Folds Five disbanded in October 2000, apparently under amicable circumstances.
If you missed the Ben Folds Five and like piano rock then you'll really enjoy these from their Live at Session at West 54th. Brick was their biggest hit and Song For The Dumped is really terrific.
Song for the Dumped
One Angry Dwarf
Battle of Who Could Care Less