St. James Infirmary

St. James Infirmary

by Erwin HelferErwin Helfer


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2003
Label: Sirens
UPC: 0820718500629
catalogNumber: 5006
Rank: 120173

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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