Atlantic Groove Society is a forefronted initiative and project by L.A. trumpeter Alexander Hartgers and Dutch keyboardist Raymond Kaitjily who have been musician colleagues and friends for more than 20+ years.
Both tapping into their musician & friend connections by bringing the Atlantic Groove Society
come alive by combining their strength of musicianship through Alex's & Ray's soulful compositions.
The band/project name "Atlantic Groove Society" is based on the Atlantic (ocean) which divides the continents between Alex (USA) & Ray (Netherlands) and the compositions are based on Groove combined with the use of their musician & friend connections which stands for Society.
Their first album (released in February 2022) is called "Past & Present" which reflects the time spent in the past together and currently, in the present. Besides that there are compositions which were made & recorded in the years before their debut release of 2022 and more recent years (2020/2021) towards the existence of the current project.
Currently Alex & Ray are already writing a second exciting album with their Atlantic Groove Society studio band project.
The musicians who collaborated on the first album (Past & Present) as the Atlantic Groove Society studio band are:
Alexander Hartgers - Trumpet/Flugelhorn & Keyboards - Composer/Arranger & programming + studio engineer (mix & mastering)
Raymond Kaitjily - Piano & Keyboards - Composer/Arranger & programming + studio engineer (mix & mastering)
Mista G (George De Graaf) - Bass & co-composer on the song "G-Force"
George Sopacua - Guitar
Remy Sonneville - Guitar
Jeff Sopacua - Guitar
Joost Zoeteman - Guitar & Bass
Guy Nikkels - Guitar
Rein Godefroy - Keys
Hans Kwakkernaat - Keys
Maurice Tahapary - Bass
Daniel Lottersberger - Bass
Taco Gorter - Drums
Wim De Vries - Drums & Percussion
Matthias Van Olst - Drums
Florian Hoefnagels - Drums & Percussion
Vocals: Pascale Kaitjily
Final mastering of the album "Past & Present" by: Raymond Kaitjily
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