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Artist Hans Theessink
Title Bridges
Release Date Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Genre Blues > Country Blues > Instrumental
Copyright © Blue Groove

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Hi-fi+ (UK), issue 33, 2004
Hans Theessink - Bridges
Bridges is a winner from start to finish and comes as a hybrid SACD disc for those who have the playback technology. For the rest of us the recording is awesome anyway. (AH)

BLUES MATTERS! (UK) issue 22 (Sept/Oct 2004)
Paul Jones recently played a track from this most excellent album. The Dutch born Austrian based Blues singer and guitarist lays a blend of such calm and exciting Blues on ya man…he knows his trade, live he connects with his audience and takes them with him, almost controlling them as he performs as they listen attentively or join in when he wants them. The songs here are almost all self penned and were recorded in an old church in Tuscany. Hans crosses borders, steps between genres and, as the title says, he builds 'Bridges' between them for us all to enjoy. He is one of those consummate musicians that will draw fans from all over to his music. It struck me that there were elements of Paul Simon in the songwriting, some Ry Cooder in the playing, some Afro feel in there, plenty of delta drenched sounds with hints of Gospel too and then just plain old simple damn good song writing….hell that's one potent cocktail!! If you do not know this name then you must check it out, if you do then you know you must get this album. A fine piece of work to add to his list of fine albums…Caleb

Bluesnews (D) Ausgabe 42 juli-september 2005
Aufgenommen im klanglich kaum noch zu steigernden Super-Audio-Verfahren (SACD) bietet dieser auf jedem handelsüblichen CD-Player abspielbare Silberling auf 15 Titeln wieder einmal Roots-Music vom Feinsten! Theessink und seine Freunde beginnen mit dem bluesigen „Behind The Sun“, bevor sie im Laufe des Albums immer wieder afrikanische Einflüsse in ihre Musik integrieren. Hilfreich zur Seite standen auch bei dieser im April 2003 in der Toskana entstandenen Produktion die Sänger von Insingizi, deren Harmoniegesang eine reine Freude ist. Natürlich stammen auch bei dieser Platte die allermeisten Songs aus der Feder von Theessink selbst, lediglich zwei Fremdtitel, „People Get Ready“ von Curtis Mayfield und das afrikanische „Mbube“ von Solomon Linda, runden dieses durch und durch eigenständige und qualitativ hochwertige Album stimmig ab. (mt).

getrhythm (UK, September 2004)
Hans Theessink - Bridges
by Little Nemo
Hans has been around since the 70s and has developed his love of the blues to the highest standard. “Bridges” was recorded at an old church in Tuscany with the band using the natural timbers of the building to bring warmth and authenticity to the recording. One thing Hans knows for sure, a good groove. Get the groove right and you really have no problems and there aren’t any here. No matter how strong your feelings may be about the blues being a music that belongs in its natural black setting, you would have to be a hard man or woman not to be seduced by this.

Wienerin (A) März 2004 - NR 174
BRIDGES - Hans Theessink Band (Blue Groove)
Grandiose Melangen von Southern Blues mit Klängen aus Simbabwe, aufgenommen in der Toskana. Theessink in gewohnter Qualität.***** Hervorragend

For the Hans Theesink CD "Bridges" - no other superlative will suffice except "Superb". I have several of Hans' other CD’s but this is one of the most refreshing albums I’ve heard in some time. The quality of musicianship, the quality of recording production, the voices, the songs, and the use of Insingizi combine to an end product worthy of inclusion in any discerning music lover’s collection.
Radio Adelaide 101.5 FM
Mike Hotz

Bridges is a formidable piece of work which sounds as if it was recorded in a South African township with vocal duties shared between Chris Rea and Paul Simon. Hans’s stunningly relaxed baritone voice melds with the feather light touch he and his band have created in collaboration with Zimbabwean vocal trio Insingizi. Mucho Impressto! Brian Harman (BluesArt Studio, Dec.2005)