Monday music: “St. James Infirmary” by Louis Armstrong

One of the many versions of “St. James Infirmary” I have is by Louis Armstrong, but this is a different one, which is even more intense and impressive. Many versions of this song are either slow and mournful or finger-snapping jazzy — Cab Calloway has done it both ways — and this version modulates from one to the other magnificently.

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