ST. JAMES INFIRMARY
Anyone have a good bass line tab for this one?
Who's take on it?
As it's reckoned to be something like 300 years old, there are way too many versions of this to give any kind of general answer.
FWIW, I'm of the opinion that it needs a really minimalist approach; it's a very dark song (at least for the first half) & the vocals need to be right at the front. The second part can be livelied up a bit, kinda like a New Orleans funeral.
The standard is Cab Calloway's version- it is in F minor. It starts playing quarter notes on the middle F note.
That's one of my all-time favorite Blues songs.
I've got it in Em if you want it. It came from some Mel Bay book so it's accurate.
PM me and I'll shoot one off to you.
Dean T, can you send me what you have for St. James Infirmary blues?
Many thanks for sharing.
For all those that want my copy of SJI, you can download it from my dropbox here:
Cool tab- if you move it up to F will probably work for the Cab version as well- although his doesn't seem to move through the chord changes much, seems to stay on F (his oldie one at least) not sure about the Blues Brothers...
YOu are right- Minnie the Moocher-
BUt Cab's version of St. James Infirmary is awesome, probably the all-time classic, check it out if you haven't heard it. It starts with a very straight 4 note beat.
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