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Alaadeen: And the Beauty of It All

Just right for unwinding after a hard day, this ballad-based session starts light but grows stronger and more compelling with each track. Alaadeen’s plainspoken, no-nonsense tenor sax approach merges beautifully with Harold O’Neal’s self-effacing piano work: Their duet take on “Detour Ahead” is all heart. Three originals each add a fresh perspective, with the leader’s haunting soprano turning “When Love Has” into a daydream while the rolling, African-tinged “Free Man” lets the full quintet shine.

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