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Dysfunctional / Life Journeys of a Second Generation Jazz Musician

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"Dysfunctional / life journeys of a second generation jazz musician", makes the spirit of Ahmad Alaadeen accessible to anyone seeking communion with the late saxophonist. The new oral autobiography serves as the ultimate insider jazz hang. It's essential reading for every serious student of jazz history.
Alaadeen was diagnosed with stage four bladder cancer in May 2010. During this battle he was in a heightened state of spirituality. After experiencing one spiritual journey in which his life passed before him, Alaadeen told us that he wanted to write. We assumed that he had a tune he wanted to compose, but this was not what he meant. He wanted to write his life story, and it should be called Dysfunctional. He wanted others to read his story and to learn from his poor choices and mistakes. During his illness, he spent hours talking and recording his experiences in life. He was not taking narcotics, so his conversations were lucid. Although he passed before he could finish, his wife was able to complete this project for Alaadeen by transcribing his recently taped conversations and 25 years of interviews that she had collected. The text in this book is in Alaadeen's exact words, not altered or censored, and can be substantiated with tapes, videos and CDs. The material was edited and put into story format. The stories have been arranged so that they occur in an historical chronology of Alaadeen's life. And in typical Alaadeen fashion, he leaves the audience wanting more.
"Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Lady Day (Billie Holiday). These are just a few of the individuals mentioned in "Dysfunctional", a collection of memoirs from Alaadeen. These are also some of the great artists Alaadeen has not only worked with, but knew personally. "Dysfunctional" offers insight into the personalities of some of these great musicians. Things about them you may never read in other books or publications. "Dysfunctional" is a reading that anyone regardless of race, nationality, or life background can learn from. It is at times raw but educational. It is Alaadeen; insightful, organic, spiritual, and educational." ...Najee, Saxophonist/Flautist/Composer

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