The first time I got hip to King Britt was back in 1993 when he was with Digable Planets. They released the groundbreaking, jazz infused "Cool Like That". There was a whole wave of bands at the time using jazz samples, Tribe Called Quest, Jazzmatazz, De La Soul…. But there was something all together different about this track. Later I came to find out that it was King Britt who brought his Philly, jazz roots to the production. King grew up around Philly jazz royalty. King’s mother was part of Sun Ra’s extended musical family/community. Almost a decade later, around 2003, King got his hands on a copy of “Let’s Make A Record” by Sister Gertrude Morgan. I had just re-released the project almost 40 years after it had been recorded. King took Sister’s acapella vocals and tambourine playing and created a symphony of sounds and rhythms. Shortly after "King Britt presents Sister Gertrude Morgan" came out, Katrina swept through New Orleans. The next project we worked on together was a rethinking of the classic New Orleans standard “St. James Infirmary”. King came back down to New Orleans, took in the city, and in one night, we recorded all the tracks that would become this new New Orleans classic. The animated video that accompanies "St. James Infirmary" captures the timelessness of the track….