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Oscar Aleman

Oscar Alemán, one of the finest jazz guitarists of the 1930s, is a difficult player to evaluate because he sounded like a near-exact duplicate of Django Reinhardt. Since Django was a year younger, some have speculated that he developed his style from Alemán, although the opposite is just as likely. Alemán began playing guitar as a teenager in Argentina and in the late '20s, he moved to Europe, Spain at first. By 1931, he was living in Paris and during 1933-1935, he was a regular member of Freddy Taylor's Swing Men From Harlem. Alemán appeared on records with trumpeter Bill Coleman and clarinetist Danny Polo and was the leader on eight selections from 1938-1939. He moved back to Argentina in 1941 and, although he recorded as late as 1974, few outside of his native country have ever heard of him. Strangely enough, Oscar Alemán does not seem to have ever visited the United States and none of his many recordings of swing tunes in his post-Europe years (except for a few titles put out by the collectors TOM label) have ever been released domestically. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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I did not realize they might be giants "Istanbul not Constantinop l e " was a cover. You learn something new everday.
Better than Django
Love Alemán's tracks when he is NOT singing!
As soon as this came on, I got up from doing my homework and started dancing... I couldn't stop!!
wonderful!
guyt20
Much better. MUCH BETTER!!!!
guyt20
Good.... But Romane is better.
Good music for gardening, cooking, reading a book, hanging out with friends and family over coffee or tea. this kind of music is versatile! loving it!
Nice find here on Pandora, very distinctive sound. I don't the exact replica of Django, but is only one song. However my collection has plenty of room for both Oscar and DJango.
Stephane Grappelli plays violin the way my dad wished he could in the 1920s, playing melody violin in a dance band in Gainesville, FL, while a student, he loved jazz, Paul Whiteman, and Django REinhardt, probably because Grappelli played with him. Great MUSIC. Better than harpists in heaven! In fact, they wouldn't need harps if Django and Stephane are up there. I hope so.
Desole mais Oscar Aleman does not sound AT ALL like Django!
tres tres bon
linda772
this is fabulous!
Idhair9, if you're talking about the album cover picture, it's a Selmer Maccaferri, the same type that Django played. It is not a classical guitar, although it shares some characterist i c s with a classical.
His tone is very distinctive from Django. Looks like he's playing a classical guitar in the photo.
noelani65
OH, MAN....just excellent
jisrael187
fine and very swinging
c'est bon!
mtodd21
Oscar...Djan g o . . . O s c a r ? Love that Gypsy swing!
angelo28249
HEADING TO PINK MARTINI CONCERT IN DENVER NEXT WEEK/ CAN HARDLY WAIT!
It's great to know this music has survived for over 70 years and in fact has enjoyed a re-birth.
brucekinsey
Great stuff!!!
Regardless of any similarities to Django, Oscar was his own man and as many have stated, quite different if you listen closely. In any case, a great player.
The more I listen to Oscar Alemán and Django Reinhardt the more I like them.
edwardripple
I agree with all the cats who say Django and Oscar are completely different players. I also want to say, for me it makes no difference. Personally I have had a religious awe for Django from the very first moment I heard his records, but there is something about Oscar: he just swings so hard. I have probably listened to the first TOM record more than any other record in my life. All hail to you both, my guitar gods.
At first listen, I go I never heard that Django song, but upon repeated listenings of both, I agree that there are distinctive differences, and I can tell them apart, even with my limited guitar skills.
I agree with hornbeck, I don't think the guy sounds anything like Django. He does make somewhat extensive use of the hungarian gypsy scale like Django, but his phrasing and tone are completely different. Plus, I think Django has a lot more chromatic runs. Anyway, just my opinion. I could be wrong.
cdhornbeck
This Bio says "he sounded like a near-exact duplicate of Django Reinhardt", which I can not disagree with more. He didn't sound like Django at all frankly. Oscar played with finger picks which have a very distinct tone. Django used one single plectrum as apposed to mounted picks on each finger. There is no question that Django was the better player if you listen to both. Also, Django had been playing banjo and guitar since he was 12 which was 11 years before Oscar ever went to Paris.
cdhornbeck
I have been reading a Django biography which points out specific reference to the fact of Oscar Aleman and Django not only knowing each other, but being quite good friends, even to the point of Oscar filling in for Django in the Hot Club on those nights when Django was either womanizing or just couldn't be bothered to show up for a gig. There is great story of Django sending his brother out to seek out Oscar and beg him for a set of strings. Oscar was known to carry many sets of strings with him

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