Smith, Jimmy: The Cat - Sheet Music Download

Interpreter: Jimmy Smith
Instrumentation: (El.) Organ
Music Genres: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Funk
Level: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Order No. 101-450-8005d
Publisher: jazzinotes
Transcription: Note-for-Note, incl. chord symbols
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Interpreter Jimmy Smith
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Subgenres Hard Bop
Instrumentation (El.) Organ
Instruments El. Organ
Instruments on the Recording El. Guitar, Drums
Instrumentation Details The organ may be played with or without pedal. The rhythm pattern of the guitar is indicated, too.
Transcription Note-for-Note, incl. chord symbols
source YouTube Video
Duration 2:52
Level 4
Pages 8

As a bestseller we offer for three years a cover version of The Cat (Jimmy Smith), interpreted by Seamus Beaghen: here. Now we are proud to publish an original version of Jimmy Smith. It is a note-for-note transcription of a concert in Germany 1988, recorded of the german TV station ZDF. Here is the video of this tune, here you may watch the whole concert.

The jazzinotes version may be played with or without pedal. You find the explanation for both in the sheet music. The rhythm pattern of the el. guitar is notated, too.

Jimmy Smith (* 8.12.1925 or 1928 in Norristown, † 8.2.2005 in Phoenix) may be is the most important innovator of the el. organ in modern jazz. He popularized the Hammond organ and gave a new toch to it. Before the el. organ was presumed to be the instrument of the poor people with a poor sound. Jimmy Smith, in former times piano player, risiled in 1954 for one year to experiment with this instrument. Then his concerts in Philadelphia were a greatsuccess. After that he recorded some albums as a band leader for Blue Notes. In 1962 he changed to Verve and recorded some commercially very successful albums. With his funky playing, influenced by Blues and Gospel, he was an important representative of Hard Bop and Soul Jazz. Typical for his playing of fast tunes is that he plays the bass line with his left hand and only supports this line by the pedal with a few accents. Exactly this way he does with The Cat: The pedal normally plays only beat 1 and 3 as staccato. Only during two chorusses and in the outro the pedal plays an independent voice. This is notated in the jazzinotes edition.

The Cat originally was recorded on the album of the same name 1964 together with other compositions for big band of Lalo Schfrin (and other composers). This album reached position 12 of the US Pop Album Charts 1964.

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