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Tenor and soprano saxophonist Ahmad Alaadeen heads the Deans of Swing in Kansas City. His septet, which is comprised of fine local players, performs mostly originals that indeed do swing while often being fairly modern. The solos of Alaadeen, trumpeter Danny Campbell, and trombonist Tim Perryman are full of spirit and creativity within the boundaries of swing to hard bop music, which sometimes hints at more adventurous moments. Well worth checking out, although this release and its follow-up, Time Through the Ages, are sure to be a bit scarce.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the most significant musicians based in the Kansas City area in the 1990s, Ahmad Alaadeen started to make a stronger impression outside of the city limits in the late '90s on his own ASR label. Primarily known as Alaadeen, the saxophonist studied at the Kansas City Conservatory of Music, St. Mary's College and Chicago's DePaul University. Since the 1950s he has had many short-term engagements, including with Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson...
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