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Guilty Happy, by Chad Fowler — The title “Guilty Happy” refers to the feeling you have when you first notice a moment of happiness during the process of mourning a loved on. You know it’s OK — even healthy, but it still feels wrong to feel alright. The melody is manic and repetitive (the score actually says “play until you can’t stand it”). The solos weave between major and minor centers. As Kidd improvises, the piece dissolves into an unexpected, melancholic ballad. Alvin evokes Max Roach as William holds down a groove with some hint of unwritten changes for the tune. Kelley’s vocal work during the ballad section is haunting. Alvin, as always, has the last word. As William put it directly after the tape stops, “you could cash a check with that snare roll, Al!”

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from Garden Party, released November 22, 2019

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William Parker, Alvin Fielder, Kidd Jordan, Christopher Parker, Kelley Hurt, and Chad Fowler

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