Earl Hines

Earl Hines at Club Hangover, Vol. 5

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During the mid-'50s the classic jazz pianist Earl Hines, who was considered a very modern player in the '20s and ' 30s, was reduced to playing in Dixieland bands in San Francisco so as to earn a living. Fortunately, his groups still featured talented sidemen (on this LP he has trumpeter Marty Marsala, trombonist Jimmy Archey and clarinetist Darnell Howard) and plenty of drive even if the repertoire (which in this case included "Darktown Strutters Ball," "Ballin' the Jack" and "St. James Infirmary") was uninspired and predictable. Dixieland fans will enjoy this set more than most Hines collectors.