Ahmad Alaadeen

Blues for RC & Josephine Too

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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.