Earl Hines' career was somewhat in the doldrums at the time of these 1955 radio broadcasts from Club Hangover in San Francisco, since he was not signed to any jazz label of significance, though he had obviously lost none of his enthusiasm for performing. His all-star group includes trumpeter Marty Marsala, trombonist Jimmy Archey, clarinetist Darnell Howard, bassist Ed Garland and drummer Joe Watkins. In addition to classic jazz fare such as "St. James Infirmary Blues," "Ballin' the Jack" and "Jazz Me Blues," Hines has some opportunities to solo with the rhythm section, including "Honeysuckle Rose," while he picks the pace for the full band with his rousing take of "Lady Be Good." It's hard to top his famous "Boogie Woogie on the St. Louis Blues." Although the long tremolo in his right hand gets a little tiresome, the addition of the horns and reeds helps keep it swinging.
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden