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Grupo X - As Hills Go By

Grupo X

As Hills Go By


Released: 25th July 2011 | 9 track acid jazz album
Born out of the beautiful surroundings of The Pennines in Yorkshire, ‘As Hills Go By’ is the exciting new album from UK cross cultural groovers - Grupo X. Having previously been famed for their special blend of Soulful Latin Jazz fusions, ‘As Hills Go By’ marks a change in direction for the band as they delve into their musical roots and deliver a 9 track outing inspired by Black American Music. The result is a hip-swaying, foot stomping long player, oozing with Funk, Soul, Jazz, Boogie, Disco and anything else worthy of another Quarter slammed in Uncle Sam’s soulful Juke Box! The first single to be released from the album is the outstanding ‘Waiting All Day’, a slow retro tinged slice of heartfelt soul, beautifully sung by Lisa Millett which will feature a hammond slaying Northern Soul remix from old pal Johnny Machin on the full release. Talented West Yorkshire trombonist, Jonathan Enright, has performed and recorded with many artists including Pucho and his Latin Soul Brothers, Dennis Brown, Max Romeo, Gregory Isaacs, Bootsy Collins, Lo-Fidelity All Stars, Tony Christie, Badly Drawn Boy and Elbow. In 1997 he formed as a Latin/ soul/ jazz ensemble Grupo X. This talented band comprise of outstanding singer/songwriter Lisa Millett on vocals, Simon Edwards - bass (Fairground Attraction), Jim Le Messurier - drums (Orquesta La Clave/ Tito Allen), Pete Eckford - percussion (Chaz Jankel/ Leroy Hutson), Olly Drew - guitar (Freeloader), Leon Stenning - guitar (Martha and the Vandellas/Reel People), Finn Peters - flute, saxes (Frederick Rzewski /DJ Spinna) and band leader Jonathan Enright - trombone, keyboards. Their 2001 debut album on Jonny’s own label Loft Recordings, ‘X-Posure’, was nominated for a Latin Grammy. Grupo X's music gained global radio play and support from taste-making DJs including Gilles Peterson, Snowboy, Spinna, Bobbito and Louie Vega. The band has also had success in Japan with their ‘Brand New Love EP’, featuring the outstanding soulful sista, Lisa Millett, on vocals. Further acclaimed albums ‘Food ‘For Your Latin Soul and ‘Grupo X Remixed’ featured the hit ‘Sunshine’, ‘X-Perience’ and ‘Whatever You Dream’. In 2007, Grupo X’s track ‘Jonny's Bugalu’ featured on the DSW Shoes TV commercial across the USA. Grupo X have performed throughout the UK and Europe forging a reputation for crowd-pleasing grooves, with soulful vocals and heavy horns. Among their fans is Quentin Tarantino who had them booked to play at the after-party to the London premiere of Kill Bill 2. Grupo X have collaborated with many internationally-renowned artists over the years, including Mr Bongo Jack Costanzo at 2003 North Sea Jazz Festival. They have played UK shows with Ubiquity Records' Dave Pike, Bobby Matos and Johnny Blas, as well as performances with Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, NY salsero Jimmy Sabater (Fania Records) and trombonist Jimmy Bosch. In 2009 Grupo X toured the UK with The King of Latin Soul, Joe Bataan and Stones Throw Records' James Pants, followed by an appearance at the 2010 Vintage Festival with Joe Bataan.