Swing Guitar Masterpieces 1937-1957

Swing Guitar Masterpieces 1937-1957

by Oscar Alemán

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Overview

Oscar Alemán is one of the great unknown talents in jazz history. A brilliant guitarist who sounded very close to Django Reinhardt at times, Alemán was overshadowed in Europe by Reinhardt in the 1930s and spent much of the rest of his career in his native Argentina, remaining well known only in that country. This 1998 double CD from Dave Grisman's Acoustic Disc label has highlights from Alemán's career, including the eight selections he recorded during his three European sessions of 1938-1939, plus music from 1941-1947 and 1951-1954. Although the settings varied (including a sextet with violinist Svend Asmussen, a nonet, and two unaccompanied guitar solos), Alemán's basic swing style stayed the same, retaining its enthusiasm and creativity and remaining unaffected by bop. Sticking throughout to acoustic guitar and taking an occasional good-time vocal, Alemán is heard in peak form. He deserves to be much better known. A definitive two-fer from a major talent.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/17/1998
Label: Acoustic Disc
UPC: 0715949102929
catalogNumber: 29
Rank: 24463

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oscar Alemán   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Svend Asmussen   Violin
Charles Wilson   Piano
Wilson Myers   Bass,Vocals
Julio Graña   Violin
Anders Alvarez   Bass
Alberto A. Barbera   Piano
Aldo "Nene" Nicolini   Bass
Alberto Ramos   Guitar
Alfred Rasmussen   Bass
A. Traversa   Violin
Bibi Miranda   Drums
Mario Felix   Clarinet
Helge Jacobsen   Guitar
John Mitchell   Guitar
Caferino Alburquerque   Piano
Walter Noseda   Piano

Technical Credits

Stephen Foster   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Ernesto Lecuona   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Stéphane Grappelli   Composer
Johnny Hodges   Composer
Harry James   Composer
Django Reinhardt   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Enrique Coria   Liner Notes
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jack Pettis   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
David Bennett   Composer
Ben Bernie   Composer
Euday L. Bowman   Composer
Shelton Brooks   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Joe Garland   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
David Grisman   Producer,Liner Notes
Gus Kahn   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Craig Miller   Executive Producer
Cole Porter   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Ted Snyder   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Joseph Meyer   Composer
Billy Meyers   Composer
Chauncey Gray   Composer
Dexter Johnson   Liner Notes
Roger Wolfe Kahn   Composer
Bert Lown   Composer
Waldir Azevedo   Composer
Oscar Alemán   Composer
D. Brent Hauseman   Artwork
Oscar Alemán Y Su Orquestra de Swing   Contributor
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Kenneth Casey   Composer
Don George   Composer
James V. Monaco   Composer
Sunny Skylar   Composer
Consuelo Velázquez   Composer
Harry Da Costa   Composer
Ernie Erdman   Composer
Frederick Hamm   Composer
Roy K. Marsh   Composer
Catton   Composer
Abreu   Composer
Tom Pitts   Composer
Raymond B. Egan   Composer

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