This is the companion volume to Lee Collins at Club Hangover, Vol. 1. There are a few differences between this album and the first volume, the most significant being that pianist Don Ewell is featured rather than Ralph Sutton (even though Sutton shows up on the first four tracks). The other big difference is that, while the play list continues to accent familiar New Orleans favorites, there are more slower tempo performances on this disk than on Vol. 1. This allows Collins and his crew to show that they are just as adept at playing that slow drag tempo unique to New Orleans traditional jazz. There is also another change in the ensemble, as Bob McCracken replaces Pud Brown on reeds. The difference between these two fine players is indistinguishable. Like Vol. 1, this is toe-tapping, arm-swinging New Orleans jazz at its best, and is recommended. And also like Vol. 1, the interesting and knowledgeable liner notes by Colin Bray enhance this release considerably.
Lee Collins at Club Hangover, Vol. 2 Review
by Dave Nathan