St. James Infirmary

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
This duo date matches two veterans of the Chicago jazz and blues scene, pianist Erwin Helfer and tenor saxophonist Skinny Williams. The songs they cover draw from jazz, blues and R&B, yet all come together in very soulful settings. Williams' heavy vibrato adds to the mournful theme of "St. James Infirmary" along with Helfer's moving accompaniment. They turn boisterous in their jaunty take of Fats Waller's "Ain't Misbehavin'," as well as their gently swinging approach to "Honeysuckle Rose." Helfer delves into a gospel feeling with his stirring introduction to Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone to Love." He shows off a bit of stride piano in their playful rendition ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
This duo date matches two veterans of the Chicago jazz and blues scene, pianist Erwin Helfer and tenor saxophonist Skinny Williams. The songs they cover draw from jazz, blues and R&B, yet all come together in very soulful settings. Williams' heavy vibrato adds to the mournful theme of "St. James Infirmary" along with Helfer's moving accompaniment. They turn boisterous in their jaunty take of Fats Waller's "Ain't Misbehavin'," as well as their gently swinging approach to "Honeysuckle Rose." Helfer delves into a gospel feeling with his stirring introduction to Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone to Love." He shows off a bit of stride piano in their playful rendition of the old chestnut "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue." The pianist's "Pooch Piddle" is a modified form of boogie-woogie, which shifts the rhythms around a bit more. Whether your preference is blues or jazz, there's plenty to enjoy within this delightful duo meeting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • Label: Sirens
  • UPC: 820718500629
  • Catalog Number: 5006
  • Sales rank: 114,647

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 St. James Infirmary - Skinny Williams (5:06)
  2. 2 Trouble in Mind - Skinny Williams (3:54)
  3. 3 These Foolish Things - Skinny Williams (4:42)
  4. 4 Ain't Misbehavin' - Skinny Williams (3:56)
  5. 5 Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - Skinny Williams (4:04)
  6. 6 Please Send Me Someone to Love - Skinny Williams (5:20)
  7. 7 Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue - Skinny Williams (2:51)
  8. 8 Honeysuckle Rose - Skinny Williams (5:03)
  9. 9 It's Only a Paper Moon - Skinny Williams (3:40)
  10. 10 When You Wish Upon a Star - Skinny Williams (4:30)
  11. 11 Pooch Piddle - Skinny Williams (4:56)
  12. 12 See See Rider - Skinny Williams (4:37)
  13. 13 Stormy Weather - Skinny Williams (4:37)
  14. 14 Back at the Chicken Shack - Skinny Williams (4:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Erwin Helfer Primary Artist
Skinny Williams Track Performer
Technical Credits
Percy Mayfield Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Erwin Helfer Composer
Richard M. Jones Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Ma Rainey Composer
James Cox Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Leigh Harline Composer
Roger Heiss Engineer
Ray Henderson Composer
Jimmy Smith Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Chuck Webb Producer
Harry Brooks Composer
Joe Young Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Holt Marvell Composer
Traditional Composer
Joe Primrose Composer
Billy Rose Composer
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