Friday, April 14, 2006

A Tribute To Oscar Alemán

In October 1997 guitarist of Hot Club de Norvége and manager of Hot Club Records, Jon Larsen, went to Buenos Aires with the aim to assemble and record some of the musicians, who had been influenced or inspired by the playing and music of Oscar Alemán. The project was thought to be a tribute to Oscar Alemán and was documented with the release of a cd on Hot Club Records 1998, "Stringtime In Buenos Aires" (HCRCD 106). This cd has a lot of well executed playing in the 'hot club'-style of Django and his followers. Among the participating musicians especially guitarists Walter Malosetti and Ricardo Pellican stand out as excellent players. Malosetti was a member of Alemán´s Orchesta de Jazz from the mid-50'ies and later he accompanied him on the album 'Alemán '72'. On this recording from Hot Club Records Malosetti shows off his abilities as a lead guitarist playing great single string solos on standards and own compositions. Pellican is a pupil of Malosetti and a great player with a personal touch. - These recordings are absolutely worth mentioning as a great contribution to the contemporary string swing tradition in Argentina. The mentioned cd is still available from Hot Club Records of Norway.


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