David Axelrod

Genres: Easy Listening
Tags: jazz funk instrumental psychedelic chillout Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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17 April 1936, Los Angeles, California, USA. Soul/jazz visionary David Axelrod has been fêted by the Verve and Radiohead, both of which has appeared on stage to his music. More intriguingly the septuagenarian producer is a curious hero of hip-hop: Lauryn Hill, Dr. Dre, Kool G Rap, De La Soul, the Beatnuts and Mos Def (amongst others) have famously sampled his music while James Lavelle (of the Mo’ Wax label and U.N.K.L.E. ) has described him as ‘a genius’. Turntable illuminatus DJ Shadow owns every one of his records and has reconfigured Axelrod's beats and breaks into emotive future funk.

Axelrod emerged from Los Angeles’ vibrant jazz scene in the late 50s. Becoming in demand as an arranger/producer, his first hit as a producer was with tenor saxophonist Harold Land’s 1959 long-player The Fox, a recording heard by future collaborator Cannonball Adderley (with whom Axelrod recorded the R&B hit ‘Mercy,...

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