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Odds & Ends
     

Odds & Ends

by Mark Hummel
 
Many of Mark Hummel's records have presented various odds and ends compiled over his lengthy career as a prominent sideman or leader, and this one is no different. Apparently the master tapes of this collection were lost or unavailable, and it's clear the digital dubs that comprise these tracks were taken directly from vinyl LPs. You can hear the uncued silent delays

Overview

Many of Mark Hummel's records have presented various odds and ends compiled over his lengthy career as a prominent sideman or leader, and this one is no different. Apparently the master tapes of this collection were lost or unavailable, and it's clear the digital dubs that comprise these tracks were taken directly from vinyl LPs. You can hear the uncued silent delays on the intros, and crackling sounds of not-so-pure 33 1/3 platters on the CD mixes. Nonetheless, this is an enjoyable group of tunes culled from three previous albums -- Sunny Day Blues, Up & Jumpin', and High Steppin', with the opener, "Double Trouble" featuring Kid Anderson, being the lone previously unreleased track. Hummel has always kept good company since his days backing John Lee Hooker, and this recording, featuring various configurations of his Blues Survivors, is no different. Some of the guests include Mannish Boys guitarist Frank Goldwasser (aka Paris Slim), guitarist and vocalist Sue Foley in her salad days, bassist Carl Severied and excellent pianist Jim Pugh (both from the Robert Cray Band), and drummer Jimi Botti, known for his work with the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Rod Piazza's Mighty Flyers. A small horn section pops up occasionally, each band is tight, rockin' and dedicated to authentic electric blues, and most of the tunes are blues standards save one each from Hummel or Foley and two by the formidable Rick Estrin. There's a lot of music on this CD to be heard, and of the 19 tracks, you get classics like Jimmy Reed's slow rocker "Honey Don't Let Me Go" (sung as "Baby, don't let me go"), Magic Sam's "Look What You Done" with Foley rocking, strutting, and playing the solo, the Dave Bartholomew/Fats Domino evergreen (and feature for Pugh) "Go on Fool," Little Richard's "Keep a Knockin'" in good old rock & roll trim, and the Gershwins' "Summertime" with sweet help from the legendary Charles Brown. Lesser known but just as potent are Billy Boy Arnold's jam "Rockinitis," Louis Prima's novelty bop jive "Dig That Crazy Chick," Junior Parker's longer talking blues-boogie shuffle "Feelin' Good," the slow-train blues (penned by Big Walter Horton) "Easy" featuring Foley's twangy guitar, and the Johnny Otis easy swinger "Ain't What You Say." Everything here is meticulously played, fairly concise, and done with ultimate heart and soul. Hummel's "Ease My Mind" adopts the Chicago style of rockin' and rompin' shuffle beat, Estrin's tough "Don't Boss Me" is a perfect rock/jump/swing combo, and Foley pines on the downtrodden "How Long I Have to Wait." There's so much variety presented here, and excellent musical values, that Odds & Ends deserves much more than a single listen, not to be dismissed as a bunch of alternate takes or afterthoughts. Because of the timeless nature of these tunes, this disc -- his 14th overall -- should rank high on any blues fan's wish list, and is a great overview of Mark Hummel's career in a time capsule.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2008
Label:
Rockinitus Records
UPC:
0617765055468
catalogNumber:
1004

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Hummel   Primary Artist
Ron Thompson   Guitar
Sue Foley   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Judge   Bass
Jimi Bott   Drums
John Firmin   Saxophone
Bob Grant   Drums
Kenney Dale Johnson   Drums
Shorty Lenoir   Guitar
Mark Lignell   Drums
John Penner   Bass
Buddy Reed   Guitar
Doug Rynack   Piano
Nancy Wright   Saxophone
Kevin Zuffi   Piano
Bill Zelinski   Drums
Carl Severied   Bass
June Core   Drums
Sid Morris   Piano
Ronnie Jacobsen   Guitar
Jim Pugh   Piano

Technical Credits

Mark Hummel   Liner Notes
Gary Mankin   Engineer
Alan Goldwater   Engineer

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