Eddie Lang & Joe Venuti: Wild Cat

Track

Wild Cat

Artist

Eddie Lang (guitar) and Joe Venuti (violin)

CD

1920's and 1930's Sides Remastered (JSP Records)

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Musicians:

Eddie Lang (guitar), Joe Venuti (violin).

Composed by Eddie Lang & Joe Venuti

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Recorded: New York, January 24, 1927

Albumcovereddielang-joevenuti-1920sand1930ssidesremastered

Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

"Wild Cat" is an apt title for this recording, as the piece is taken at a fast, if not frenzied, tempo and played with intensity and exuberance in a very 1920s style. The track starts with a dramatic, intense, 2-stage ascending violin flourish that amounts to a call to action, with a perfect, sharply strummed 2-stage response by Lang's guitar. After that, Lang provides more than his usual solid, chugging rhythmic and harmonic foundation; he gives us a high-octane, rollicking, ascending and descending guitar counterpoint to Venuti's expressive violin lines that sail and skitter over the top with verve and style. With all the energy and strong, driving rhythm, this is serious toe-tapping music. And after they are fully in motion with the fiddle and guitar exchanges, it sounds like a brilliant precursor to the best bluegrass breakdown records of later years (direct or indirect inspiration?).

Reviewer: Dean Alger

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