Oscar Marcelo Alemán, 20 February 1909, Resistencia, Argentina, d. 10 October 1980, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Learning guitar from his teenage years, Alemán quickly attracted attention, and before the end of the 20s he was playing in Europe, first in Spain, and then later in France, where he became even better known. In part, this was due to his leadership of the small band that accompanied the immensely popular performer Joséphine Baker. He also worked with visiting American musicians including Frank Goudie, Bill Coleman and Danny Polo. In 1941 Alemán returned to South America, settling in Buenos Aires where he remained for the rest of his life. His playing was at first replete with echoes of his native land but in Europe he fell under the spell of Django Reinhardt. Thereafter, the twin influences combined to weave a distinctively rich sound and style. His long sojourns in interwar Europe and in South America tended to keep him from a...