Three mentions of “SJI” in the news this week.
Two are in reviews of the Chris Thomas King record, Rise. Jay N. Miller of The Patriot Ledger writes that the album includes “hoary old chestnuts like ‘St. James Infirmary,’ which has never sounded more affecting than it does here, its dark lyrics achieving a resonance beyond words.” (Uh, no comment.) Tom Henry of the Toledo Blade says Thomas’s take on the song is “majestic.”
The third mention is in a Boston Today blip about the Boston Grammar School Jazz Band playing in the park: “Traditional New Orleans-style jazz with a lively, up-tempo feel is the band’s forte, with well-known favourites such as ‘You Rascal You,’ ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’ … [and] ‘St James Infirmary Blues,’ ” etc. This is not Boston, Mass., by the way — it’s a Boston in the U.K., about 120 miles north of London.
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