Mark Hummel's Chicago Blues Party Recorded Live! 1980-1992

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Mark Hummel is becoming the king of hodge-podge blues recordings that gather tracks from various sessions and unify them into a wholly complete and satisfying package. For this in-concert collection, the first-call harmonicist presents various live dates from Slims, Berkeley Square, the San Francisco Blues Festival, and La Sitta in northern California with such vocal/guitar legends as Jimmy Rogers, Eddie Taylor, Mississippi Johnny Waters, and Luther Tucker. Most of the songs are blues classics everybody knows, except for the songs by Rogers, which are from his personal playlist. The recording quality is pretty good overall, making for a fine listening experience for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Mark Hummel is becoming the king of hodge-podge blues recordings that gather tracks from various sessions and unify them into a wholly complete and satisfying package. For this in-concert collection, the first-call harmonicist presents various live dates from Slims, Berkeley Square, the San Francisco Blues Festival, and La Sitta in northern California with such vocal/guitar legends as Jimmy Rogers, Eddie Taylor, Mississippi Johnny Waters, and Luther Tucker. Most of the songs are blues classics everybody knows, except for the songs by Rogers, which are from his personal playlist. The recording quality is pretty good overall, making for a fine listening experience for any true blues lover, and Hummel himself is at the top of his game. Obviously, Rogers is the crown jewel on this program, with four tunes penned by J. Lane, mostly slowed down, or in the light, steady, rolling Jimmy Reed tradition, including the all-time classic "Big Boss Man." Guitarist Rusty Zinn and pianist Tom Mahon are also in this formidable, patient band with Hummel. Taylor is just a step below Rogers, but even more secured in the tradition, doing Howlin' Wolf's "Smokestack Lightning," the midtempo "Red Light" also from Jimmy Reed's repertoire, the well-known Sleepy John Estes upbeat boogie rocker "Trouble No More," the easy "Sunny Road" by Charles Brown, and "Dust My Broom," all with Johnny Waters helping out on second guitar. Mississippi Johnny leads out on two upbeat showcase selections -- another immortal Howlin' Wolf tune, "Shake for Me" and J.B. Lenoir's "How Much More Long" -- with the famous Muddy Waters number "Long Distance Call" mimicking the author's authoritative, screaming vocals. The final two tracks with Tucker's guitar and vocals are more a forum for Hummel's biting harmonica playing, especially during Little Walter's "Blue & Lonesome." Both Tucker and Hummel sing on the rocker "Gotta Make a Change," the lone "newer" tune penned by the harmonicist. The only technical glitch comes during "Long Distance Call," as Johnny Waters' vocal indeed sounds far removed from the stage, its presence dissipated and not clearly captured. Overall this is a top-notch album with extended tracks, a substantial playing time for a CD, and worth more than the price because of the living legends of blues Hummel has backed or played with. It's as authentic and hearty a compilation as can be, a great history lesson for those just getting into urban electric Chicago-style blues with a feeling.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/2009
  • Label: Mountain Top Prod
  • UPC: 691045876523
  • Catalog Number: 13
  • Sales rank: 171,417

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Can't Keep from Worrying (6:33)
  2. 2 You're the One (3:06)
  3. 3 Tricky Woman (8:24)
  4. 4 Big Boss Man (4:07)
  5. 5 Ludella (6:42)
  6. 6 Smokestack Lightning (3:31)
  7. 7 Red Light (5:03)
  8. 8 Trouble No More (4:04)
  9. 9 Sunny Road (5:40)
  10. 10 Dust My Broom (5:06)
  11. 11 Shake for Me (4:31)
  12. 12 How Much More Long (4:09)
  13. 13 Long Distance Call (4:17)
  14. 14 Gotta Make a Change (3:59)
  15. 15 Blue & Lonesome (6:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Hummel Primary Artist, Harmonica, Vocals
Eddie Taylor Guitar, Vocals
Jimi Bott Drums
Francis Clay Drums
Sonny Lane Guitar
Jimmy Rogers Guitar, Vocals
Lex Boyd Silva Bass
Luther Tucker Guitar
Rusty Zinn Guitar
Tom Mahon Piano
Mississippi Johnny Waters Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Randy Rattray Guitar
Mark Bohn Drums
Technical Credits
Mark Hummel Liner Notes
Myles Boisen Mastering
J.M. Reed Composer
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