Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Oscar Aleman transcriptions wanted

Urban Djin, a US western swing guitar player contacted me some days ago.
Hello Hans

I came upon your site while looking (in vain) for transcriptions of the guitar work of Oscar Aleman. He's my favorite player of the 30's. No disrespect meant to Django, but he gets all the attention. Perhaps the romance of the damaged fingers. We all love it when someone overcomes obstacles, and that no doubt did contribute to his unique style. But Oscar had all of his fingers and put them to amazing use. And his roots as a dancer, no doubt, contributed to a sublime feeling for rhythm. If you have any leads on transcriptions I would appreciate it if you could point me in the right direction.

Thanks for helping keep the memory of this all but unknown giant alive. I have a friend, now dead, who was a jazz singer from Argentina who knew him quite well. You might enjoy the "Lois Blue" story on my website under "Rants and Raves." Aleman is also probably the only black jazz giant whose fame is completely eclipsed by a white contemporary. An odd irony considering how effortlessly racial bias in Jazz goes the other way.

Thank you

Urban Djin

If you can help this man please post a comment.

Keep swinging

Hans Koert


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joergen found the transcription of 'Dedos Duros', here's the link:

6:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Joergen. Couldn'get the link to work. I'll try a shorter form and navigate from there.

Urban Djin

10:14 PM  

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