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David Axelrod


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(1959 – present)

David Axelrod (born April 17, 1936, Los Angeles) is an American composer, arranger and producer, across a wide range of musical genres. He produced his first album in 1959, saxophonist Harold Land’s The Fox, which was seen as a landmark record showing that West Coast musicians could play top quality hard-edged jazz.

In the late 60’s and early 70’s he recorded and arranged for Cannonball Adderley and Lou Rawls albums, in addition to many other jazz/funk/soul artists. He also arranged & produced albums for garage bands The Electric Prunes and The Common People and released a number of solo instrumental albums.

His music is a heavily layered fusion of orchestral soul and jazz, mixing funk instrumentation with strings and orchestral brass.

After relative obscurity for nearly 30 years, Axelrod’s music was re-discovered by a new generation of musicians and DJs, most notably James Lavelle, head of Mo’Wax Records and the artist DJ Shadow who cites him as a major influence.
As a result of this, Mo’Wax released an album of previously unheard Axelrod tracks, entitled just ‘David Axelrod’.


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  • viictorngz


    21 Jun 2014 Reply
  • PapaParleone

    All my dreams have Axelrod soundtracks!

    5 Jun 2014 Reply
  • zkl2wwa

    This man is on another level.

    9 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Iamjustapeasant


    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • lazaLCDFan

    work of this man is magical, wonderful listening experience. i can't imagine how many artists he inspired, and how many will. unbelievable composer

    10 Mar 2013 Reply
  • dukeleeto

    So much awesome

    30 Nov 2012 Reply
  • bloodmaw

    david axelrod would tell you himself that there is no god but you

    2 Nov 2012 Reply
  • StDionysus

    Loved his work on the campaign trail.

    1 Oct 2012 Reply
  • djgizmoe

    100% Quality.

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • SaquanStimpson


    26 Jul 2012 Reply
  • luke1619

    THE AX

    22 Mar 2012 Reply
  • MsGreenEyes

    im obsessed.

    16 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ashleyrobb

    I just figured out that he was solely responsible for the electric prune's mass in f minor/ release of an oath . wtf- mind blown. its not even their record! this guy is amazing.

    31 Dec 2011 Reply
  • StDionysus

    Where does he find the time after being a top aide to Barack Obama?

    14 Dec 2011 Reply
  • MoonlitSea

    Absolutely unlike anything else I've ever heard. It fits well with the general feel of William Blake...

    15 Oct 2011 Reply
  • de_eagle

    Was just playing GTA IV, and heard Holy Thursday on radio, sounded pretty epic. That's how I discovered Axelrod.

    16 Jul 2011 Reply
  • blaydenj

    Is there anything out there about his production methods? Like, where he worked/ what was used on the sessions? The production on Songs Of Experience is incredible

    8 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Ohrsegeln

    "Axelrod, Spector, Shifrin und Morricione die Giganten aus der Abtl. Komposition, Arrangement und Filmusiken. Das ist die Champions Leage in der Popmusikgeschichte" - Word!

    27 Feb 2011 Reply
  • KnowBounds

    Axelrod is the kind of artist you discover after a week of transcendence upon the search for divinity and myopic other nonsense you didn’t really do, just convinced yourself of. I don’t even know how to spell transcendence w/o spell check but imagine Jodorowsky’s Holy Mountain minus the amputees and dead bodies. Songs of I/E what cadence! A Valentine’s Day gift at that. Now to proceed. Thanks, kindly.

    15 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Unique-R

    AxelGOD [4]

    13 Feb 2011 Reply
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