Cool Drink a Water, acoustic world-beat blues featuring blues-style vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, East Indian tabla, and African percussion.
The trio's members have each achieved recognition within their own right.
Glen Helgeson is best known as an acoustic guitarist, composer, and leader of the worldbeat jazz group, Axis Mundi. He has recorded three albums that received national radio and TV airtime, including play on public television, broadcast satellite networks, and Entertainment Tonight.
Jim Nance has been singing, writing lyrics, and playing harmonica for over 10 years. Jim comes from a musically talented family, and combines great talent with amazing soul. His lyrics are influenced by African music and American country blues. His song-writing explores life's struggles and awakenings.
Master tabla drummer Marcus Wise frequently travels to India to study and perform. He has accompanied many great East Indian artists both locally and abroad. He earned the Minnesota Music Academy award for "Best Ethnic Drummer" four times.
"These players put to shame all the blues wannabes without compromising their take on the blues, remembering to infuse it with plenty of soothing soulfulness."
Vickie Casey, Star Tribune 6/11/00
"A local group with a global focus...combines Jim Nance's blues-drenched vocals (reminiscent of Richie Havens) with Glen Helgeson's crafty guitar and Marcus Wise's world-class East Indian tabla."
"A seamless sewing of music genres...the final product sounds like 'tribal soul'-it aches, it bleeds, and yet energetic drumming gives the music an upbeat flavor."
Rob O'Brien, Minnesota Daily 3/16/00
"All three members of BlueBeat come from diverse musical backgrounds and together they create a sound that must be heard to believe."
Katherine Kelly , Siren Magazine
"Propelled by Wise's always captivating percussion (with an occasional assist by Marc Anderson) and Enrique Toussaint's undulating bass, with Helgeson on guitar and keyboards and Nance on fronting harmonica and vocals duties, this disc never stops churning."
James Tarbox , Pioneer Press
"I just wanted to drop you a line or two to tell you how absolutely delighted I was to have BlueBeat Trio here at St. Cloud State University. The feedback was wonderful! The Blue Beat Trio's Passion and presence was phenomenal! People are still talking about Glen Helgeson and Blue Beat Trio... I hope to see you again soon!
Stacy Vee, St. Cloud State University