Eh 'Neeky! (Adj., colloquial) \ äh-nii-ki \ : The sound of someone whispering to their friend, while both surprised and impressed "it's sneaky!"
Fusing fierce Latin rhythms with Jazz harmonies, this new melodic and rhythmic collective, Eh 'Neeky! is full of surprises. The quintet presents the very best in instrumental Latin music, from a group of internationally recognized musicians deeply entrenched in the global Jazz and Latin Music scenes of today. Their first album, containing almost exclusively original compositions, was released in early summer 2016. The band was born under the star of travel, when recently four of the members coincidentally relocated at the same time to Cologne, Germany, bringing their musical stories from New York City, Rotterdam and Berlin.
Bassist Juan Camilo Villa (Colombia) had been based in Germany since 2003, touring and performing with international stars like Edmar Castañeda, Samuel Torres and Hector Martigñon. He's also been a featured guest with the NDR Big Band and WDR Rundfunk Orchestra.
Conga wizard Sebastian Nickoll (Germany) arrived from New York, having spent years there playing and recording with top Cuban and Salsa stars such as Pedrito Martinez, Luisito Quintero, John Benitez, and forming the Latin Jazz group Timbalaye with Ralph Irizarry. Since his arrival in Cologne he's been a featured guest multiple times with the WDR Big Band for projects featuring Cuban music.
After an invitation to become a member of the WDR Big Band, trombonist Andy Hunter (USA) arrived in Cologne followig a decade in New York playing and touring globally with bands including the Richard Bona Group, the Mingus Big Band, and Toshiko Akiyoshi's Big Band. He played and recorded albums with Snarky Puppy, Bob Mintzer, and did multiple tours with Dave Holland, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and a long list of famous Salsa singers and New York bands. www.hunterandy.com
Pianist Thomas Böttcher (Germany) was until recently based in the Netherlands and still teaches Latin piano at the Rotterdam conservatory “Codarts." He has earned broad respect by those who enjoy Salsa and Latin music as not only an outstanding pianist but also a gifted composer/arranger, lending his talents to groups Nueva Manteca, Gerardo Rosales, Luisito Rosario and Maite Hontele.
On Timbales, Daniel Hahnfeld (Germany) had just arrived from Berlin, previously having lived in Rotterdam, performing with Salsa heavies such as N'Klabe, Lucrecia Perez, Jimmy Bosch, Maite Hontele, and Larry Harlow, and making guest appearances with the Metropole Orchestra. www.danielhahnfeld.com
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