All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
Personnel: Oscar Alem n (vocals, guitar); Wilson Myers (vocals); Helge Jacobsen, Alberto Ramos, John Mitchell (guitar); A. Traversa, Julio Gra¤a, Svend Asmussen (violin); Mario Felix (clarinet); Charles Wilson, Walter Noseda, Alberto A. Barbera, Caferino Alburquerque (piano); Bibi Miranda (drums).
Liner Note Authors: David Grisman; Enrique Coria; Dexter Johnson.
Recording information: 1937-1957.
Unknown Contributor Role: Oscar Alem n Y Su Orquestra de Swing.
Oscar Alem n is one of the great unknown talents in jazz history. A brilliant guitarist who sounded very close to Django Reinhardt at times, Alem n 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 Alem n'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), Alem n'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, Alem n is heard in peak form. He deserves to be much better known. A definitive two-fer from a major talent. ~ Scott Yanow