Grupo X are one of Europe's leading latin jazz groups. Led by trombonist Jonny Enright and based in London, they initially evolved as an offshoot of the UK's premier salsa band of the 90's, Orquesta La Clave.
The band soon acquired a style of it's own. A blend of classic Nuyorican salsa and latin jazz of the 70's mixed with bugaloo and soul. Add a touch of English vocals and a love for the classic dancefloor jazz sounds of London in the 80's and the fusion was complete. Latin jazz/funk DJ and percussionist Snowboy is the band's biggest fan. Their track "Brand New Love" featured on his "Snowboy Presents wThe Hi-Hat" compilation on Ocho Records in 2000.
Live, the band have a reputation for "kickin' ass"! They are house latin band at London's Jazz Café, especially at the "Messin' Around" and "The Hi-Hat" club nights. They've backed U.S. percussion stars Johnny Blas and Bobby Matos, legendary vibes man Dave Pike, Cuban master pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, and number one Nuyorican trombonist Jimmy Bosch.
all compositions are original material: great tunes too, and swing like crazy. Main composer is Jonny Enright, himself, with major input from fellow band members Jimmy LeMessurier, Carlos Pena, Pete Eckford, and sometime X-man Dave Pattman.
The playing on their album "X-Posure" is top-notch and every facet of latin jazz is covered.
Grupo X have made their reputation in UK with some heavy hitting live gigs. People are talking. When latin legends like Bobby Matos and Jimmy Bosch sing your praises, you know you must be doing something right! Now it's time for the rest of the world to hear their message and see what all the fuss is about. Enjoy this unique brand of London latin soul jazz, and be sure to watch out for future releases - Grupo X are here to stay.
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