The Netherlands are known for many things, windmills for example, tulips and wooden shoes, but blues? And yet one of the most prominent blues musicians of our time comes from there: we are talking about Hans Theessink, who was born on April 5, 1948 in Enschede and who got the blues fever on a school day, after he had Big Bill Broonzey and Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter had heard on the radio.
From then on, there was no holding back, the young Hans started playing the guitar, released his first album "Next Morning At Sunrise" in 1970 and extensively toured Europe. Well, after more than 7000 concerts over more than 40 years of stage presence as well as more than 30 albums, Hans Theessink is well known in blues and worldwide. The most famous Dutch blues musician and now lives in Vienna.
Here he also plays his traditional (three) "New Year's Concerts" in the prestigious jazz club "Jazzland", so happened at the turn of the year 2011/12 on 31 December 2011 and on 1 and 2 February 2012. Fortunately, the last of the three concerts was recorded by the couple Dirk Sommer and Birgit Hammer-Sommer from Sommelier du Son.
Listening to Hans Theessink live is a breathtaking experience; only very few artists have a similar presence. Full of fun and energy, he plays ten songs here, just guitar and vocals, occasionally a little harmonica or foot-tapping, creating a denser atmosphere than most bands. He just got it, the blues. In addition to own compositions and classics, there are also songs from Soul, R & B or RocknRoll, but Theessink manages in his incomparable way to make their blues roots stand out clearly.
So the concert and thus the album is all about the Delta blues and old heroes like Muddy Waters, Big Bill Broonzy (to whom the song "Big Bills Guitar" is dedicated) or Sonny Boy Williamson. The concert recording itself took place at great expense, ranging from deliberate microphone to a "clean" power supply with special network synchronizers and network conditioners. But it has more than paid off, the sound quality is outstanding and the often-tried phrase from the concert in the living room is really true. The concert atmosphere can be relived in a vivid and nuanced way - not only the audiophile connoisseur will appreciate the efforts of Sommelier du Son here. Thus, this is a real treat in both musical and audiophile respects.
Recorded on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the wonderful Jazzclub Jazzland in Vienna.