Retro-Active

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Mark Hummel is fond of putting together puzzle pieces of different recording sessions to produce a whole album of blues, and with Retro-Active, he's done it again. Studio dates from 2000 up to 2009 comprise this effort, with guitarist Rusty Zinn at the helm for the most part, and various rhythm sections along with a few special guests. As a harmonica player, Hummel has no equal, but here is heard more as a lead vocalist that nobody should complain about. He's got a good voice that is not exploited into the shout-out range, sings the blues authentically, and taps on sources like classic Jimmy Reed or Muddy Waters sounds to make his original music, or excellent covers ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Mark Hummel is fond of putting together puzzle pieces of different recording sessions to produce a whole album of blues, and with Retro-Active, he's done it again. Studio dates from 2000 up to 2009 comprise this effort, with guitarist Rusty Zinn at the helm for the most part, and various rhythm sections along with a few special guests. As a harmonica player, Hummel has no equal, but here is heard more as a lead vocalist that nobody should complain about. He's got a good voice that is not exploited into the shout-out range, sings the blues authentically, and taps on sources like classic Jimmy Reed or Muddy Waters sounds to make his original music, or excellent covers of his main men. With his various bands, Hummel can get down, stomp down, or swoon about his baby with the best, but when he's jamming on the harp, he's untouchable. The twangy surf sound of "Roller Coaster" and popping calypso of "Highway Rumba" differentiate themselves from this all-out urban Chicago blues program, adding some charm or delight respectively. But it's when Hummel digs in on a slower "Honey Bee Blues" and especially the classic Waters tune "I Want to Be Loved," or channeling Reed during the steady, choogling "My Baby's so Sweet" that you hear where his true heart lies. Commander Cody drummer Lance Dickerson, Charlie Musselwhite on acoustic guitar, electric guitarist Steve Freund, and pianist Steve Wethy/Lucky all make single cameo appearances, while James Cotton and John Mayall endorse Hummel with quotes in the liner notes. It's another excellent outing for Mark Hummel, but it does make one wonder when he'll do a recording with a single band all the way through.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2010
  • Label: Electro-Fi Records
  • UPC: 775020998124
  • Catalog Number: 3417
  • Sales rank: 209,858

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Hummel Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Charlie Musselwhite Acoustic Guitar, Guest Appearance
Steve Freund Guitar, Guest Appearance
Lance Dickerson Drums
Willie Panker Drums
Steve Wolf Bass
Rusty Zinn Guitar, Vocal Harmony, Guest Appearance
Paul Revelli Drums
Chris Burns Organ, Piano
Steve Lucky Piano
Bob Welsh Organ, Guitar, Piano
Vance Ehlers Bass
Lech Wierzynski Trumpet
Marty Dodson Drums
Charles Wheal Guitar
Kid Anderson Guitar, Mandolin, Snare Drums
Technical Credits
Mark Hummel Producer
Anne Hamersky Cover Photo
Andrew Galloway Executive Producer
Gary Colliver Creative Consultant
Kid Anderson Mastering
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