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Past & Present

Atlantic Groove Society

Happy Go Lucky

Cool Cats

Sahara Dream

Funk That

Just Like That

G-Force

Night Drive

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G-Force

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Alexander Hartgers

Trumpet

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RAYMOND

KAITJILY

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THE GROOVE SOCIETY

(on album “past & present”)

Remy Sonneville

GUITAR

Guy Nikkels

guitar


Maurice Tahapary

bass

Wim De Vries

DRUMS

Pascale Kaitjily

VOCALS

George De Graaf

BASS

Jeff Sopacua

GUITAR

Hans Kwakkernaat

KEYS

Florian Hoefnagels

DRUMS

George Sopacua

GUITAR

Joost Zoeteman

GUITAR

Daniel Lottersberger

bass

Rein Godefroy

KEYS

Taco Gorter

DRUMS

Matthias Van Olst

DRUMS

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Felix Degenaar

PIANO

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Alexander Hartgers

Trumpet

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THE GROOVE SOCIETY on upcoming new album 2024

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piano & composer

alexander hartgers

trumpet & composer

jeroen van olphen

drums

gert deters

percussion

radboud withaar

guitar

Florian Hoefnagels

DRUMS

George Sopacua

GUITAR

Fred Schreuders

guitar

wim de vries

drums

Geert Leurink

Guitar & vocals

Theo Smit

Bass

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Alex Hartgers

Piano / bass / drums & percussion / vocals / arranger / producer / mixing & mastering

ABOUT AGS

How it came to be

Atlantic Groove Society is a pioneering initiative led by L.A. trumpeter Alexander Hartgers, as he collaborates with musical partnerships spanning over two decades, leveraging an extensive network of fellow musicians and friends to breathe life into the Atlantic Groove Society.

Collective strength in musicianship is manifested through smooth, funky, groovy & soulful compositions.

The band/project is aptly named "Atlantic Groove Society" inspired by the Atlantic (ocean) that separates Alex (USA) and the collective he works with (mainly The Netherlands).

Drawing on the geographical and musical elements that define their collaboration and friendships, encapsulated in the concept of a Society united by Groove.

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Reviews “Past & Present”

Review

Award winning Jazz author Debbie Burke


Atlantic Groove Society’s “Past and Present” Glimmers and Shimmers.


The gratification of a hook-drenched melody will never leave you high and dry.

That is what you’ll find in Atlantic Groove Society’s newest venture (Feb. 2022), “Past and Present.”

The album creates a warm, expansive feeling in ten memorable tracks. While the horn (from leader Alexander Hartgers) soars and sings, guitar, drums, keys, bass and vocals do their respective parts with mesmerizing technique and a huge dollop of bite (“Funk That” which might have the brightest and tightest hook of the bunch).

The smooth paean to love, “Aimee Meets Silvana” contrasts with the high-energy sway of “Happiness is Now” and there’s even a Europa-type anthem coming atcha in the beautiful “Close to Me.”


The LA-based Hartgers plays trumpet, flugelhorn and keyboards, and he is also the composer/arranger, programmer and sound engineer in the first foray by this group of musicians. He is joined in this project by his friend and musical colleague of over 20 years, Dutch keyboardist Raymond Kaitjily.



Review

Smooth Jazz Therapy


Trumpeter Alexander Hartgers and keyboard player Raymond Kaitjily aka Atlantic Groove Society have just released the album ‘Past & Present’ which with nine original compositions and one choice cover is a cool mixture of chilled out lounge music and smooth jazz that is worthy of some attention!


Take for example the sublime ‘Cool Cats’ that builds over time to sensational effect.


Another track that has this dynamic duo front back and center is the decidedly moody ‘Close To Me’.


Elsewhere and evocative in the extreme ‘Night Drive’, with Alex in fine form on muted trumpet, is a sumptuous slice of west coast smooth jazz.


And talking of standouts the deliciously chilled ‘G-Force’ finds Alex and Ray at their stunningly collective best. It is right up there with the best that ‘Past & Present’ has to offer.


Yet all things considered the Smooth Jazz Therapy top track is the vibrant ‘Happy Go Lucky’ which comes complete with a catchy hook that might well get in your head and not go away.



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De Blueskrant - Dutch Music Magazine

De Blueskrant - Music Tip of the Month


A music mix of exciting Funky Smooth Jazz and captivating Chillout grooves in which refined trumpet whispers comfortingly and makes you yearn for sultry summer nights.

At another time, it pierces your soul without wanting to injure you.

Atlantic Groove Society gently wraps a warm veil around you, silky soft, translucent, but oh so strong.



Review

Roel's Music World

What does “Past & Present” sounds like?


The album is a tasteful collection of medium and down tempo tracks, ranging from Jazz-Fusion, to Funk, R&B and a few “smooth” ballads.

When listening to “Past & Present” words that popped-up first were “easy going”. That was to be expected, Alexander, Raymond Kaitjily and their “society” are all highly skilled and experienced musicians.

The album is well played and recorded, has a “classic” 80s/90s sound and fits perfectly well on the shelf with other Jazz-rock/Jazz-Fusion, R&B and “Smooth” releases.


The album starts with a track with a well chosen title "Happy Go Lucky" … it truly has a happy, easy going vibe to it. One can imagine chilling on a cruise ship at the Atlantic ocean…


"Sahara Dream" This is one of the “smooth” tracks on the album. In sound and style it reminded me a bit of the music by “Sade”.

When listening to the groove – and with a little imagination – you could picture yourself riding a Camel calmly through the Sahara towards a lush oasis.


"G-Force" This track is my favorite track from this album. It has a R&B-like “feel” to it.

The combination of the more transparent and “edgy” sound of Alexander’s muted trumpet creates a nice contrast with the warm, “juicy” Fender Rhodes played by Raymond Kaitjily. Their interaction sounds like a “romantic conversation”


The album sounds “easy going”. But, perhaps that was their intention.

Nonetheless, it was enjoyable to listen to the album!