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Wild Cat (1927 song)

"Wild Cat"
duet for violin and guitar by Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti
Genre Jazz
Label Victor Talking Machine Company
Composer Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti
Cover versions
Stan Kurtis and Dick Hyman

Wild Cat is a song composed and performed by jazz guitarist Eddie Lang and violinist Joe Venuti, first recorded in New York, January 24, 1927. In the electronic edition of Katharine Rapoport,Violin For Dummies (2010), it is recommended listening "to really get your head (and ears) around jazz music".[1]

It was something of a showcase piece for Venuti's talent as a violinist.[2] His performance has been held to "offer some good examples of bow rockin'."[3]

In the words of one critic:[4]

"Wild Cat" illustrates the salient features of Venuti's unique violin styling. He utilized the full range of the violin, from low rich tones to the high, ethereal sounds near the bridge. [. . .] The melody of the popular song "Wild Cat" was completely transformed through Venuti's ingenious improvisation on its underlying chord structure.

Andy Stein is also noted for a virtuoso performance of the same piece.[5]

A further recording of "Wild Cat" by Stan Kurtis and Dick Hyman, which came out on the Pro Jazz label in 1987, was well received.[6]

CD releases

  • Joe Venuti: Violin Jazz. Kazoo, 1990. ASIN: B000000G7Z
  • Joe Venuti: Pretty Trix. Iajrc Records, 2000. ASIN: B000003KW7
  • Eddie Lang & Joe Venuti: New York Sessions 1926-1935. JSP Records, 2003. ASIN: B00009XH3X
  • The Best of Jazz Violins. LRC Ltd., 2009. ASIN: B000008CHD


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  2. ^ The Harmony Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz (1987), p. 182.
  3. ^ Cary Ginell, Milton Brown and the Founding of Western Swing (University of Illinois Press, 1994), p. 104.
  4. ^ Jean Ann Boyd, The Jazz of the Southwest: An Oral History of Western Swing (University of Texas Press, 1998), p. 38.
  5. ^ The New York Times, February 28, 1985, quoted in Sanford Josephson, Jazz Notes: Interviews across the Generations (Greenwood, 2009), p. 30.
  6. ^ Horizon, January /February 1989, quoted in Sanford Josephson, Jazz Notes: Interviews across the Generations (Greenwood, 2009), p. 28.

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