Spin - 12/00, p.221
"...Less overtly bizarre...combining 1974's HEAVY AXE...and fusion sessions with the tenor saxman Gene Ammons and pianist Hampton Hawes
THE AXELROD CHRONICLES features the album HEAVY AXE (1974), as well as collaborations with other artists from that period.
Personnel includes: David Axelrod, George Duke, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Joe Williams, Randy Crawford.
Producers include: Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Orrin Keepnews, David Axelrod.
Includes liner notes by Brian Cross.
All tracks are digitally remastered.
Personnel: David Axelrod (recorder); Olga James, Fleming Williams, Sherwood Sledge, Jessie Richardson, Billie Barnum, Donald Dandridge, Joseph Powell, Michael Gray, Stephanie Spruill, Mortonette Jenkins, Charles May (vocals); Billy Fender, Donald Peake, Michael Howell (guitar); Jerome Reisler, Alexander Neiman, Jack Shulman, Henry Roth (violin); Walter Rower (cello); Jackie Kelso (flute, alto flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); William Green (flute, alto flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Jay Migliori (flute, alto flute, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jim Horn (alto flute, baritone saxophone); Prince Lasha (alto flute); Gene Ammons (tenor saxophone); Allen DeRienzo, Oscar Brashear, Snooky Young (trumpet); Dick Hyde, George Bohannon (trombone); George Duke (piano, electric piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Rudy Copeland (Moog synthesizer); Carol Kaye (electric bass); John Guerin, Roy McCurdy (drums); King Errisson (congas); Kenneth Nash (percussion).
Recording information: Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA (03/1974-10/1973).
Arranger: David Axelrod .
Released in 2000, this David Axelrod compilation features the 1974 album HEAVY AXE in its entirety, along with other sessions from that era by the innovative L.A.-based producer/arranger/conductor. The disc largely consists of funky soul-jazz (see the lively opener, "Get Up Off Your Knees"), with notable contributions from artists such as Johnny "Guitar" Watson and saxophonists Gene Ammons and Cannonball Adderley. (The latter, a frequent Axelrod collaborator who passed away in 1975, produced many of these tracks.) For listeners seeking top-notch mid-'70s Axelrod material, this is an excellent point of departure.