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Little Axe


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Dayton OH, United States (1949 – present)

Born Bernard Alexander on 1 September 1949, Dayton, Ohio, Skip McDonald learned to play the blues on his father’s guitar from the age of 8, although by the time he was 12 years old he had opted to perform doo-wop.

But from picking up a guitar as a child, and returning to his roots with Little Axe, there has been a long twisting road. McDonald, along with bassplayer Doug Wimbish and drummer Keith LeBlanc formed the house band for the pioneering rap label Sugar Hill, providing the music for some of the most seminal records of the era by Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaata, Force M. D. and others. From there he worked closely with Adrian Sherwood on many of projects for the On-U Sound label, as well as spearheading the band Tackhead and working with Living Colour.

But first, back to Dayton, Ohio.

Having completed his high school education Skip left Dayton with a band called the Ohio Hustlers, which broke up not long after relocating to New York City. His first professional work as a musician began when he formed the Entertainers who toured the east coast through to the mid-70s.

He moved on to Hartford, Connecticut, and there’s when he met Doug Wimbish, who played in a band called Wood, Brass & Steel. Wood, Brass & Steel recorded a selftitled album for All Platinum Records, the label of Sylvia and Joe Robinson, in 1976. Skip and Doug played a lot of music together, in clubs and colleges around New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts.


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  • AnarchyKM

    Another Sinful Day HIS BEST SONG and too good for the masses

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • xipeteon

    i made a signal to dj --- he came to my table ---what's this --- little axe he told me --- so, this is it!

    29 Mar 2013 Reply
  • SaloMusic

    да, клёвое звучание. что тут сказать. чел поймал это.

    2 Nov 2012 Reply
  • amy891112


    1 Nov 2012 Reply
  • MegaBlazy

    сегодня первый раз послушал. зачёт!

    25 Dec 2011 Reply
  • dzim

    ЛитлАкс — это мегаохуенно!

    14 Dec 2011 Reply
  • squirrelm

    next step in delta blues

    29 Apr 2011 Reply
  • strajnic

    Somewhere between blues and soul....anyway it's first class music!

    11 Aug 2010 Reply
  • ShadowOfTheMan vote and make it as default.

    21 Mar 2010 Reply
  • hhoobb

    great reunion at the arts centre last night :)

    20 Mar 2010 Reply
  • kasa408

    Little Axe is in a class of his own!

    31 Jan 2010 Reply
  • st0mpr


    28 Nov 2008 Reply
  • igloomoon

    der hammer!

    8 Sep 2008 Reply
  • random_specimen

    do you think one cares enough? :-P ah, well.. it's still nice music

    26 Aug 2008 Reply
  • leishman88

    yer bitch no.1 top weekely listener with 78 plays and still havent played all the stuff i have of his. whos gonna beat 78 plays without repeats. do you think ur big enough!?

    5 Jun 2007 Reply
  • barewires

    I think I like Hard Grind over Champagne & Grits.

    20 May 2007 Reply
  • samarkand2004

    'The Wolf That House Built' excellent too : Daytonnnnn !! Reminds me some Ratatat or Out Hud far far before they even begin to exist and be popular among cutting edge electro indie rock connoisseurs! :) ; excellent.. music is an eternal déjà vus river... and eternal good blues roots made them all, hehe : y!! :-)

    19 Dec 2006 Reply
  • Xhi

    Champagne & Grits is probably one of THE blues-masterpieces. It impresses me again and again ...

    8 Nov 2006 Reply

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