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St. James Infirmary
Alphonse Trent & His Orchestra
Feat. Stuff Smith
Recorded in Richmond, Indiana in 1930 featuring John Fielding vocals ?, Chester Clark and Irving Randolph trumpets, Leo "Snub" Moseley trombone & vocals, Charles Pillars, Lee Hilliard, and James Jeter alto sax, Hayes Pillars tenor & baritone sax, Leo "Stuff" Smith violin & vocals, Alphonse Trent piano & director, Eugene Crooke guitar & banjo, Robert "Eppie" Jackson bass brass, and A.G. Godley drums.
*"St. James Infirmary Blues" is an American folksong of unknown origin. The song was credited to Irving Mills's pseudonym, Joe Primrose when it was printed by his publishing company "Mills Music".
"Alphonse Trent and His Orchestra" appear on the Gennett label for their ultra-enthusiastic 1930 jazz band rendering of this sick bed classic. A plethora of lively scat vocals and Stuff Smith's brilliant violin are just two aspects of what make this side a definite contender for a nomination as the hottest version of "St. James Infirmary Blues" that was ever recorded.
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