Swing Guitar Legend

Oscar Alemán

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Swing Guitar Legend Review

by Scott Yanow

Because his style was very similar to Django Reinhardt's and because he spent most of his last few decades living in his native Argentina, guitarist Oscar Aleman has often been overlooked in jazz history books. One of the finest swing guitarists of the late '30s and still active up until his death in 1980, Aleman deserved better. This highly recommended (but hard-to-find) LP has Aleman's eight European recordings of 1938-39 (which range from unaccompanied solos and trios to two sextet numbers with violinist Svend Asmussen) and a sampling of his Buenos Aires sides of 1941-45. Rewarding (and rare) swing music.