Batida de Colónia

Batida de Colónia – Best Of 2013-2022

Samba, bossa nova, cumbia, there is hardly a genre of Latin American music which »Batida de Colonia« doesn‘t process in its sound. Deeply inspired by the great Latino musicians of earlier days such as Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Marcos Valle, Astrud Gilberto or Jorge Ben the Cologne artists create their very own music, where everything that is fun is allowed.

Samba, bossa nova, cumbia, there is hardly a genre of Latin American music which »Batida de Colonia« doesn‘t process in its sound. Deeply inspired by the great Latino musicians of earlier days such as Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Marcos Valle, Astrud Gilberto or Jorge Ben the Cologne artists create their very own music, where everything that is fun is allowed. Why not sing a mambo alla Tito Puente in German? Or who says that The Cure and Element of Crime wouldn‘t also work as a Brazilian samba? And anyone who previously believed that Ray Barretto and the Cologne „Asi mit Niveau“ Jürgen Zeltinger were incompatible, will be proven wrong here.

Head of the project is Thomas Berghaus, who already released numerous albums under the alias ‚Shareholder Tom‘. At his side is the Cologne guitarist and singer Anna Gaden, who works as an actress in addition to her musical activities. The recordings of the album emerged between 2013 and 2022. Therefore, it took a while until the album was recorded.

So, there was time to rethink everything again and again and to walk paths, that no one had gone before Batida de Colónia. That explains why little breaks in the music of the Cologne band – sometimes one could almost think you are listening to a German Schlager of the 60s. In the next line of text though it becomes immediately clear what this is all about: an honest deep homage to the music culture of Latin America of the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Besides Anna Gaden and Berghaus you get to hear a number of guest musicians on the album, probably the „the creme de la creme“ of the Cologne jazz scene: Jbid Assadurian (vocals), Heiko Bidmon (clarinet), Volker Deglmann (trumpet), Felix Miles (sax, piano, electric piano, accordion), Christian Fehre (percussions), Maxime Zettel (percussions), Dirk Schaadt (Hammond organ), Michael Teising-Tegeler (trombone), Tobias Weidinger (trumpet) and Florian Riedel (flute).

For the „Best Of“ album, additional recordings were made in 2022 with Harald Rutar (accordion), Carlos Ricaurte (bass), Oliver Lutz (double bass) and Matthias Strucken (vibraphone). The complete material has also been remixed.

Anna Gaden (vocals), Jbid Assadurian (backing vocals), Heiko Bidmon (clarinet), Volker Deglmann (trumpet), Felix Miles (sax, piano, electric piano, accordion), Christian Fehre (percussions), Maxime Zettel (percussions), Dirk Schaadt (Hammond organ), Michael Teising-Tegeler (trombone), Tobias Weidinger (trumpet), Florian Riedel (flute), Harald Rutar (accordion), Carlos Ricaurte (bass), Oliver Lutz (double bass), Matthias Strucken (vibraphone).

Produced by Shareholder Tom. Recorded & Mixed by Thomas Berghaus at Büro.9 Recording Studio Additional Recordings: Felix Miles at Blühmeer Tonstudio, Phil Kullmann at Raw Artistic Studios, Stefan Mohr at Mohrmusic. Mastered by Kai Blankenberg at Skyline Tonfabrik.