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Mark Hummel – Harpbreaker

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Description

Grammy nominated Blues Harp Legend Mark Hummel unleashes an all instrumental Harmonica album, and it redefines the scope and beauty of what the instrument is capable of in the right hands. The disc features Mark’s hand picked selection of newly recorded, live, previously released and unreleased material. Mark is joined on the CD by his stellar band of R.W. Grigsby (bass) and Wes Starr (drums) as well as Blues Guitar Legends: Anson Funderburgh, Little Charly Baty, Chris “Kid” Andersen, Billy Flynn and Rusty Zinn.
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Kid Andersen’s famed Greaseland Studios in California, as well as at Joyride Studios in Chicago. Blues Harmonica and Guitar aficionados everywhere will be delighted with the high standard of excellence attained on Harpbreaker.

Track Listing:
1. Harpoventilatin’ (live) - 3:43   2. The Creeper Returns - 4:37   3. Rotten Kid (live) - 5:59   4. Billy’s Boogaloo - 3:53   5. Walkin’ With Mr. Lee - 3:27   6. Cristo Redentor - 7:36   7. Crazy Legs - 5:10   8. Senor Blues - 5:12   9. Ready, Steady, Stroll - 3:59   10. Glide On - 3:22   11. Chuckaluck - 3:55   12. Evans Shuffle - 3:24   13. See See Rider - 5:46

Personnel:
Mark Hummel (harmonica) , RW Grigsby (bass) , Willie Parker (drums) , Mel Brown / Rusty Zinn / Anson Funderburgh / Kid Andersen / Billy Flynn / Charles Wheal / Charles Baty (guitar)

Reviews:

1. www.lahoradelblues.com – 2018.12.03
Mark Hummel ha sido siempre un apasionado y enamorado de la armónica. De niño era un mal estudiante, sin ningún interés en la vida y su vida parecía tener un futuro bastante negro e incierto. Sin embargo la armónica fue su tabla de salvación por la motivación, la pasión y el empeño que puso en ella, aprendiendo a soplar con frescura, técnica y acierto este pequeño y a la vez gran instrumento fundamental en el género clásico del blues. Este es un álbum totalmente instrumental en el que la voz desaparece de todas las canciones. Con él Hummel quiere rendir homenaje a su madre recientemente fallecida que siempre lo animó a seguir adelante y a este instrumento que le ha acompañado a lo largo de su vida dándole inmensas alegrías y satisfacciones, sin olvidarnos del dinero que le ha permitido vivir con una cierta comodidad y garantías. A lo largo de los trece temas que se incluyen en este “Harpbreaker”, Mark repasa con solvencia y acierto diferentes caminos, estilos y sonidos del blues y nos ofrece un recital de cómo interpretar los blues con la armónica, recreándose en la tercera posición que es una en las que se siente mas cómodo. Además de mostrar toda su técnica, ricos fraseos e inmensas posibilidades, Hummel está acompañado por unos guitarristas de lujo como son Anson Funderburgh, Kid Andersen, Billy Flynn, Charles Wheal, Rusty Zinn o Little Charlie Baty, amén del pianista Bob Welsh, el bajista Steve Wolf o el batería Marty Dodson entre otros. Un disco imprescindible para todos aquellos que aman con locura y pasión, no sólo el blues sino también la armónica y todas sus magníficas posibilidades cuando está tan maravillosamente bien ‘soplada’ como es el caso del disco y el artista que nos ocupa. BUENISIMO.

Mark Hummel has always been a passionate harmonica lover. As a child he was a really bad student, he has no interest in learning and his life seemed that will have a rather uncertain future. But the harmonica saved him, for the incredible motivation, passion and commitment it gave to him, until he learned to blow with a cool technique and skill this small and, at the same time, great and essential instrument in classic blues. This is a totally instrumental album where the voice has disappeared in all songs. With this recording Hummel wants to pay homage to his mother who recently passed away, as she always encouraged him In all his projects, and also to the instrument that has been with him for almost all his life, bringing him joy, satisfaction and, of course, the necessary money to live with s certain ease. Along the thirteen selected songs that complete this "Harpbreaker", Mark gives us a successful and reliable review of many different blues ways, styles and sounds, producing a unique master-class of how to perform blues with the harmonica, especially with the third position where he feels really comfortable. Besides showing an amazing technique, a rich phrasing and an unbelievable tone, Hummel is backed by some deluxe guitar players like Anson Funderburgh, Kid Andersen, Billy Flynn, Charles Wheal, Rusty Zinn or Little Charlie Baty, together with piano player Bob Welsh, bass player Steve Wolf or drummer Marty Dodson among others. An essential album for all those who deep and passionate love not only blues but also harmonica and all its magnificent possibilities when it is so wonderfully blown, as is the case of this Mark Hummel’s new album. GREAT.

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