21st Century Groove
Stephen 'Doc' Kupka president-Strokeland Records 'Strokeland is proud to have Chad Rager in our roster of stars. Good material, good arrangements, good performances from a big band. Groups like these are becoming increasingly more rare in today's economic climate and we hope the Chad Rager Groove survives and thrives for many years to come. If you haven't heard 21ST CENTURY GROOVE, please get it ... you will like it.' Chad Rager bio: Chad Rager grew up listening to horn bands. And drums. From his school jazz bands to the Big Bands of Benny Goodman; Count Basie; Woody Herman; Buddy Rich's Big Band; and horn bands like Tower of Power; Chicago; and Blood, Sweat & Tears, the power and sound of horns coupled with the craftsmanship of a great drummer filled his dreams and aspirations. In todays world, keeping a big band together and working is a difficult proposition at best. In 1993, Chad began his journey to fulfilling his musical dreams by starting a big band. Chad decided to try a new approach with sleeker, scaled-down instrumentation. With five horns and a three piece rhythm section, Chad was able to accomplish his musical goals while making the band more manageable and, at the same time, creating a new sound. Naming the band the 'Chad Rager Groove' reflected the fact that this band is not confined to traditional big band jazz selections, but ventures out into rock and funk selections as well. The guiding foundation of the band is the 'groove', so the name made sense. Former Strokeland manager Andy Ebon brought the Chad Rager Groove to Strokeland and worked to bring this release to fruition. Chad Rager and his band bring a fresh groove and we welcome them to Strokeland Jazz. When considering a song, Chad says he considers, '...what I can bring to this tune to lift it, drive it, and make it as musically great as possible. Every song I'm doing has affected me musically and personally and I feel blessed to get to perform them.'.
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