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Grupo X - X-POSURE
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Grupo X



Released: 5th March 2001 | 8 track latin & world jazz album
Grupo X was formed by trombonist Jonny Enright as an off-shoot from the legendary salsa combo 'La Clave'. Using the raw-edged sounds of 60s and 70s Latin New York as a blueprint, Grupo X's soul-tinged Latin grooves signal the re-emergence of the feelgood jazz-room vibe of a Caister soul weekender. Grupo X has won acclaim for its performances at London's Jazz Cafe, tearing up the dancefloor with stomping original tunes. Grupo X has also become the unofficial house-band for the Jazz Café's 'Hi-Hat? club, backing U.S percussion stars Johnny Blas and Bobby Matos, vibes hero Dave Pike, Cuban piano legend Alfredo Rodriguez and Nu Yorican master-trombonist Jimmy Bosch. 'X-POSURE?, the debut album from Grupo X, (released February 12, 2001 on Loft Recordings) features 8 original tracks, including the hits 'Brand New Love', with soul-diva Lisa Millett (as featured on Ocho's 'Snowboy Presents the Hi-Hat? compilation), 'Jonny's Bugalu' and 'Mi Tumbao' (both of which appear on US label, Cubop's 'Viva Cubop II' album). 'Brand New Love' has received solid airplay on both Jazz FM and London Live and 'Jonny's Bugalu' has been played on Jazz FM. The album is a mix of instrumental and English-vocal Latin jazz, 60s and 70s New York salsa, and kick-ass bugalu. Many of the tunes are penned by Jonny Enright, with help from Jimmy LeMessurier, Carlos A. Pena, Pete Eckford and Dave Pattman. Grupo X are: Jonny Enright: Trombone and backing vocals Finn Peters: Alto sax and flute Jimmy LeMessurier: Timbales, bell and backing vocals Pete Eckford: Congas and bongos John Crawford: Fender Rhodes Simon Edwards: Bass Carlos A. Pena: Lead vocals, backing vocals, maracas and guiro Special Guests Roger Beaujolais: Vibes (tracks 6 & 8) Sean Corby: Trumpet / Flugel (tracks 3,6 & 8) 'X-POSURE? will be launched at London's Jazz Café on February 10, 2001. A tour is being planned, with UK and European dates to be announced soon.'
"More sublime UK Latin Jazz that kicks from start to finish. Standouts include the fiery title song, the lovely vocal cut Brand New Love, and the slower Eye 2 Eye. Thoroughly recommended - quality stuff."
Malcolm Prangell, Blues and Soul
"Grupo X delivers a bona-fide brand of Latin soul jazz dance music from the streets of London to the entire world."
Rudy Mangual, Latin Beat Magazine
"The debut from trombonist Jonny Enright's UK Latin Jazz crew. Originally an offshoot of salsa big band La Clave, Grupo X have carved out a reputation for themselves, both backing visiting greats like Jimmy Bosch and Bobby Matos and with their own live blend of bugalu, Latin-soul and salsa-con-jazz. Anyone who's witnessed them firing up a Saturday night crowd at the Jazz Caf? will know what to expect: proven floor fillers like 'Jonny's Bugalu' and 'Mi Tumbao', atmospheric instrumentals like 'Eye 2 Eye' and the instant jazz dance classic 'Brand New Love' (as featured on Snowboy's Hi Hat compilation). A good crunchy sound, all original material and X-cellent playing throughout."
PY, Straight No Chaser
"Grupo X has become a favourite in the UK and I can't wait to check them out live myself. The Latin Jazz world has added into its ranks a new group with all the makings of a winner. I introduce to you Grupo X check them out Y A Gozar !"
Erik "Chico" Manqueros, LatinJazzClub
"Quality Latin Music from London that's totally British, not just a carbon copy."
Lubi Jovanovic, Straight No Chaser
"A good crunchy sound, all original material and X-cellent playing throughout."
Jamie Renton, Straight No Chaser
"Brand New love - an essential club classic"
DJ Snowboy
"...the world class calibre of the U.K. based personnel of Grupo X"
John Child
"The band were a seamless match for Jimmy (Bosch)'s accomplished talents"
John Child
"I really felt comfortable with the band, and they were obviously comfortable with me"
Jimmy Bosch