I get a Google News Alert once a week, designed to ferret out any developments in the world of “St. James Infirmary.” This week it turned up something on what I guess is a music-sharing site called Acid Planet, where it appears music-makers are able to post their creations. One such creator, identified as The Incomplete Orchestra, has up a really great remix of “SJI,” using the famous 1928 Louis Armstrong version as a starting point for a long, mesmerizing, soulful re-imagining of the tune, with quiet hip-hop flourishes and a slow-trance beat. I really like it.
You can listen to it here.
To my great annoyance, you cannot download it, however. What a drag! I’d love to have this in my iTunes library, so I didn’t have to go to one specific site every time I wanted to hear it again. Oh well.