Allen Toussaint RIP

He wrote and produced no end of classics, but whenever he came over to play a concert he always seemed mildly surprised that audiences were keen to turn out to hear him. In an age of rampant egos, he was an old school gentleman. There’s no shortage of his vintage recordings on the web, but this instrumental version of the old standard “St James Infirmary” – taken from a fine album he made in his final years — is a particular favourite of mine. A little bit jazzy, a little bluesy, like Toussaint himself, it’s  in a category all of its own.

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