Ahmad Alaadeen is one of those musicians every community should treasure; the master-level musician who avoids the jazzman's siren call to New York and instead remains at home"; enriching his preferred environs with the wealth of his talents and sheer give-back spirit," and Ahmad Alaadeen certainly gave-back to the Kansas City community. His story is full of cautionary tales and triumphs over adversities, of music made and music lost, of unstinting life lessons and subsequent sage observations, and ultimately of contributing to the music which gave him so much sustenance. This is a book that every aspiring jazz musician should read and take heed, for Ahmad Alaadeen is certainly dropping science on his readers. He pulls no punches, reveals both the grit and the triumph, ranging from growing up to Jay McShann's magnetic music in the 'hood, to the music he ultimately called his own. Dysfunctional is a curious title, for this is a man who surely functioned in the world he ultimately chose, and did so with great grace and humility."
You can learn more about this book and this under-recognized master at Alaadeen.com. Dysfunctional is available on Amazon.com in hard copy and Kindle edition.