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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!”
I've only begun listening to this but it is absolutely astounding. The depth, the soulfulness, the rhythmic drive, this music speaks to me strongly. Beautiful, passionate, amazing, creative music, I cannot recommend it enough! To be able to create this kind of music on the fly all the while maintaining coherence and a strong sense of musicality is mind-blowing. A sincere thank-you to Catalyst Records for making this available in digital format! alen86