Hans Theessink & Blue Groove - LIVE
 (1993, Blue Groove BG-5020)

Tracks:

· Built for Comfort
· Jesus on the Mainline
· Charly Stone
· I Shall Not Be Moved
· Call Me
· Yes We Can Can
· Rock The Boat
· Cocaine Blues
· The Planet
· Will the Circle Be Unbroken  
· Shake Your Moneymaker

Live cover


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upMusicians:

Hans Theessink: vocals, guitars
Jon Sass: tuba
Alee Thelfa: drums, percussion, vocals
Dorretta Carter: vocals

upCall Me
(Hans Theessink)

When darkness lies heavy - the night is too long
You need a shoulder - you can lean on
Call me - call me

The words of a lovesong are hurting your soul
Your lover has left you standing out in the cold
Call me - call me

Bridge:
I can't bring you the rainbow
Promise you silver nor gold
Oh but darling - I can reach out a hand to hold

You can't tell your visions from reality
Like a clown that keeps laughing to hide all his tears
Call me - call me

You're walking a highway that got no return
Ain't no way back 'cause your bridges are burnt
Call me - call me

You can count on me - call me
You can count on me - call me
You can call me

You feel like a singer who's lost all his songs
A sailor that's been out upon the ocean too long
Call me - call me

The dreams that you dream can't pull you through
Desillusion keeps following you
Call me - call me

upRock the Boat
(Hans Theessink)

Came a long way to your country
Now you point your gun at me
Got no money - got no papers
I'm as scared as I can be
Don't know where i'm going
But I know I can't go back to where I've been
Now you tell me that the boat is full
And there ain't no room for me

Rock the boat - don't let me down
Rock the boat - don't let me down

Hard times in my homeland
Trouble in my town
Seen oppression - I've seen torture
Seen the blood upon the ground
Had to run for my life
To escape from captivity
Now you tell me that the boat is full
And there ain't no room for me

Rock the boat - don't let me down
Rock the boat - don't let me down

upThe Planet
(Hans Theessink)

Hard times behind us
Hard times ahead
It's a miracle we're still living
It's a wonder we ain't dead
I read it in the paper
Heard it on the news
This old world's in trouble
People - we're all chased by the blues

The planet still keeps turning
Draws a circle 'round the sun
Seasons come and seasons go
What's been done
Can't be made undone

Mother earth is bleeding
She got scars upon her face
She gave us what we needed
We left her in disgrace
Tore away her skin
Dug down into her soul
Mister Greed keeps digging
He's digging far too low

The planet ...

Fires of hate are burning
They're burning everywhere
Man mistreats his fellow-men
We turn our head - don't seem to care
But one day before long
We got to change our ways
Start living like we're meant to
Rainbow race

The planet ...

up What the press said ...

Blues & Rhythm, (GB)
Dirty Linen, (USA) July 1996
Rotterdams Dagblad, (NL) 31/1/94
Jazz In Time, #52 , (B) 5/1995

up Blues & Rhythm, GB

Hans Theessink is the most creative musician working in the bluesidiom in Europe - certainly the most original and convincing that I've heard.


up Dirty Linen, USA, July 1996

Theessink uses somewhat minimal instrumental arrangements to emphasize the vocals and his bluesy sensibility is turned to creating funky, pulsing grooves and compelling dynamics. It's impossible not to tap your toes to this music. (Andy Allen)


up Rotterdams Dagblad, NL, 31/1/94

Hans Theessink is een man die al 5 albums lang vernieuwend bezig is. Met zijn wortels in de country-blues heeft hij dat genre inmiddels grondig geherdefineerd. HT & Blue Groove zijn een kleurrijk internationaal kwartet. De verschijdenheid maakt het begrijpelijk dat de muziek van Theessinks gezelschap gemaakkelijk uitwaaiert naar gospel, soul en jazz. Op vorige albums zorgden gerenommeerde hulptroepen gerecruteerd bij The Band, James Brown en Ry Cooder nog voor een redelijk volle sound. Op deze live opgenomen CD is eenvoud echter troef. Theessink levert een kale stemmige set af waarin traditionals als "I shall not be moved" en "Will the circle be unbroken" in frisse arrangementen zijn gegoten. Ook al is het rijkelijk laat, we moeten maar eens apetrots worden op dit exportprodukt. (Joop Breedveld)


up Jazz In Time, #52, B, 5/94

Ceux furent présents l’an passé à la presentation de Hans Theessink & Blue Groove lors du Spring Blues festival d’Ecaussines conviendront avec moi qu’il s’agit d’un guitariste-chanteur fort attachant. Ancré dans les musiques traditionelles (country, blues, gospel,....) il mène depuis maintenant pas mal d’années une belle carriére et ce aussi bien sur notre (et son) vieux continent qu’outre Atlantique. Depuis 1986 il fait équipe avec le musicien noir américain Jon Sass qui, avec son très efficace et suprenant jeu de Tuba, insuffle une touche tout à fait personnelle à la musique de Hans Theessink. Depuis quelques années, Blue Groove s’est transformé en quartet avec la chanteuse noire Dorretta Carter et le percussioniste/chanteur Alee Thelfa. Il en résulte une formation internationale qui interprète avec beaucoup de personnalité et sans aucun revivalisme idiot (loin de là) le blues, le gospel,.....bref les musiques africaines-américaines. Les compositions sont souvent originales, les textes actuels.... Ce CD de plus d’une heure a été enregistré en public pendant 1992-93 lors de divers concerts Européens. Le son est superbe, la musique charmeuse et très agréable. Mention spéciale pour la firme Blue Groove qui nous montre à cette occasion qu’il est aussi possible de faire d’un CD un très bel objet (très belle pochette). Recommandé! (J.P.Urbain )

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