This is sort of interesting: A site called Jazz.com has just published a short review of the Harlem Hot Chocolates version of “SJI.” The Harlem Hot Chocolates is basically Duke Ellington’s band, with vocals by none other than Irving Mills — the fellow who snagged writing credit for “SJI” under the pseudonym Joe Primrose. (See the SJI essay for basics on this.) As the writeup notes, it was part of a Hit of the Week series. Excerpt:
Based on the rough sound and instrumental blending, and an arrangement that may have been thrown together quickly to get the side done, this was probably a one-take effort, and was a fast buck for everyone present. But it is one more example of what the Ellington band sounded like in its early incarnation, and though a lesser effort, it is still worth hearing. Clearly it was among the jazzier efforts by Hit of the Week, a label that featured white dance and studio bands geared more for the average listener than for the Cotton Club patron.
You can hear this version here, on the Red Hot Jazz site.