Monday, May 01, 2006

Argentine Swing 1936-1948 CD

In 1989 the Harlequin label released a LP album in the serie of 'Jazz & Hot Dance'-issues devoted to Argentine jazz in the 20'ies, 30'ies and 40'ies. This LP is no longer available, but some of the material and previously unissued acetates have been re-issued on a CD in 2000, still available in the Harlequin catalouge (HQ CD 152). I bought the LP in 1989, but lost it, thus I recently have aquired the cd to fill out a gab in my collection. - The main part of the 22 tracks on the cd puts focus on recordings made by reed player Booker Pitman in various settings, but you'll also hear samples of recordings by Harold Mickey y su Orchesta, Santa Paula Serenaders, D'Hellemmes'Stompers a.o.- I think this well restored compilation of Argentine Swing from 1936-48 is worth a listen, especially to people outside Argentina and with little knowledge of the jazz scene of Oscar Alemán's hayday it's a must, if you are keen on learning about the context of our hero. - If you are interested in extending your knowledge of Argentine jazz recordings from the golden era, I suggest you to have a look at the website of Virgil's Jazz, that has specialised in re-issueing Argentine jazz recordings. You can reach Virgil's Jazz here.


Blogger Durium said...

Is Oscar Aleman present on this compilation?

5:34 PM  
Blogger Jorgen said...

No, as said, this compilation puts focus on Booker Pitman, so no Oscar to be heard on the cd. Anyway, one track has Hernán Oliva featured with Louis Vola, Oscar's first violin player from the Quintet years. Further there are more tracks with good guitar spots by Jorge Curutchet and Henri Salvador i.e.

7:54 PM  
Blogger Durium said...

How can one make a compilation "Argentine Swing 1936 - 1948" and ignoring Oscar Aleman y su Quinteto de Swing?

Increíble !!

8:02 PM  
Blogger Jorgen said...

You're right, Hans, unbelievable that Oscar isn't present, if you look at the compilation as a round-up vue of Argentine Swing from '36-'48. I like to see this compilation as a necessary compliment to a reprensative collection of recordings by our hero. A complete picture of the jazz scene in Argentina during this time span would have to be documented by a box-set of cds, I think.

8:13 PM  
Anonymous Jazz Club Argentina said...

Hi, guys, I can't believe that you know so much about jazz in Argentina, more than many people here!
You must be proud of doing such a great job. I have recommended you in my blog, where I publish articles, notes, interviews and all that fall in my hands about jazz musicians in my country. Thank you again!
Berenice Corti.

10:15 PM  

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