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Retro-Active
     

Retro-Active

by Mark Hummel
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2010
Label:
Electro-Fi Records
UPC:
0775020998124
catalogNumber:
3417

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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

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