sábado, 1 de mayo de 2010

·"Swing Guitar Masterpieces" - Oscar Alemán

Oscar Marcelo Alemán (February 20, 1909 – October 14, 1980) was an Argentine jazz guitarist. He was of Afro Argentine descent. Oscar Marcelo Alemán, talented singer, dancer, entertainer, and guitarist, was born in Chaco province, in Northern Argentina, on February 20, 1909. At the age of six, he was dancing and singing with his family's folk ensemble, the Moreira Sextet, playing the cavaquinho, a Brazilian ukelele before taking up the guitar. By the age of ten, after his mother had died and father had committed suicide, he found himself an orphan working sporadically as a dancer and musician on the streets of Santos, in Brazil. Alemán played two guitars - mostly the d-hole Selmer Maccaferri (also played by Django Reinhardt), and a National Style 1 tri-cone resonator guitar. In 1924 Alemán met and began working with Brazilian guitarist Gaston Bueno Lobo. The duo was signed to the prestigious Argentine RCA Victor label and performed under the name Los Lobos. On occasion, they would add violinist Eleven Verdure and recorded under the name Trio Victor. In the 1930s, having discovered American Jazz via Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti, Alemán moved to Paris where he was immediately hired by Josephine Baker to lead her band, the Baker Boys, at the Cafe de Paris. This provided him an incredible opportunity to play regularly with American Jazz musicians who would come to see Josephine and sit in with her band. Alemán later formed his own nine-piece band which would play nightly at the Le Chantilly, not far from venues where Django Reinhardt and his partner violinist Stephane Grappelli would perform with their famous ensemble Quintette du Hot Club de France. Although these two geniuses of the guitar never recorded together, they became close friends. In 1939, jazz critic Leonard Feather visited Paris. He returned to America raving about his new "discovery" and stated, "Alemán has more swing than any other guitarist on the continent." Due to the WW II, Alemán relocated to Buenos Aires in the early '40s and continued to record and perform with both a swing quintet, as well as with a nine-piece orchestra. In 1972 at age 63, Alemán recorded a new album which met rave reviews and helped re-launch his career with the reissue of many of his previous recordings, along with concert dates and television appearances. He continued to teach and perform in Buenos Aires until his death in 1980,at 71 years old.



01- Nobody's Sweetheart
02- Russian Lullaby
03- Just a Little Swing
04- Jeeper Creepers
05- Sweet Georgia Brown
06- In the Mood
07- Man of Mine
08- I've Got Rhythm
09- Begin the Beguine
10- Tico Tico No Fuba
11- Caminos Cruzados (Malagueña)
12- Scartunas
13- Stardust
14- Honeysuckle Rose
15- Lady Be Good
16- Boogie Woogie Jam
17- Who's Sorry Now
18- Swingin' on a Star
19- Melancolia
20- Sentimental Journey
21- Cómo te Llamas
22- Buggle Call Rag
23- Darktown Strutter's Ball
24- Blue Skies
25- Twelfth Street Rag
26- Swanee River
27- Vieni Sul Mar
28- Delicado
29- Mia Casita Pequeñita

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