Up from the Roots
Chuk Fowler's debut CD is nothing short of a 'high energy', movin' and groovin' experience-- in other words, jazz at it's best. Recognized in jazz/funk and R&B circles as a style innovator, Chuk Fowler's 'Up From The Roots' is an eclectic collection of original compositions by the groovemaster himself. Strongly influenced by the resurgence of culture that flourished during the post- Harlem Renaissance, Chuk's arrangements fuse jazz, samba and caribbean elements in a rich musical gumbo that inspires listeners to get up off their seat and move their feet. Classic yet distinctively primal, this wonderful selection of old school and new world music meet to resonate the universal healing power of music. In a professional career spanning four decades, Chuk Fowler has accompanied many legendary artists such as Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Norman Connors, Esther Philipps and Teruo Nakamura, to name a few. His artistry as a performer parallels his committment as a music educator. Chuk has served as a director of music departments in the public and private school systems, as well as a composer and arranger for up and coming artists. Under his direction, the orchestra, Higher Energy performs at various events and venues throughout the country.