Edge CD (2005)

Artist: David Axelrod

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Product Overview


Label Capitol Records
SKU 64006901
UPC 094631161728
UPC 14 00094631161728
Format CD
Release Date 9/13/2005
Author David Axelrod
Artist Influence Gerry Mulligan
Artist Influence Hampton Hawes
Artist Influence Joe Meek
Artist Influence Kid Ory
Artist Influence Lalo Schifrin (Composer)
Artist Influence Miles Davis
Artist Influence Stan Kenton
Artist Contemporary Cannonball Adderley
Artist Contemporary Dennis Coffey
Artist Contemporary Ennio Morricone (Composer/Conductor)
Artist Contemporary Galt MacDermot
Artist Contemporary Gene Page
Artist Contemporary Gil Evans
Artist Contemporary Isaac Hayes
Artist Contemporary Jack Nitzsche
Artist Contemporary Johnny Harris
Artist Contemporary Lee Hazlewood
Artist Contemporary Lou Rawls
Artist Contemporary Phil Spector
Artist Contemporary Quincy Jones
Artist Contemporary Rotary Connection
Artist Contemporary Teo Macero
Artist Follower Adrian Younge
Artist Follower Bill Laswell (Bass Guitar)
Artist Follower Dan the Automator
Artist Follower DJ Shadow
Artist Follower DJ Spooky
Artist Follower Dr. Dre
Artist Follower Prince Paul
Artist Follower Tortoise
Technical Info
Engineer Rex Updegraft; Joe Polito; Gene Hicks
Producer David Axelrod; David Axelrod; Eothen Alapatt (Compilation)
CatalogID 11617
Lable Name Blue Note (Label)
Released 09/13/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 72m : 14s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00094631161728
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: David Axelrod ; Jon Joyce , Diana Lee, Jerry Whitman, Lewis E. Moreford, Jan Gassman, H.B. Barnum, Tom Bahler (vocals); Louis Morell, Howard Roberts , Pete Wyant, Les Buie, Neil Levang (guitar); Gareth "Garry" Nuttycombe (violin, viola); Henry Roth (violin, strings); Gerald Vinci, Assa Drori, Bill Henderson , Ralph Shaeffer, Marvin Limonick, Lou Raderman, Jack Shulman, Robert Jung, Stanley Plummer, Sid Sharp, William Hymanson, Sidney Sharp, Israel Baker, Paul Shure (violin); Myron Sandler, Samuel Boghossian (viola, strings); Joe Reilich, Anne Goodman, Allan Harshman, Milton Thomas (viola); Armand Karpoff (cello, strings); Raphael Kramer, Edgar Lustgarten (cello); Richard Leith (strings, trombone); John Arnold (strings, percussion); James Getzoff, Tibor Zelig, Harry Hyams, Freddie Slatkin, Leonard Malarsky, Robert Sushel, Marshall Sosson, Arnold Belnick, Douglas Davis , Alvin Dinkin, Nathan Ross, Harry Bluestone (strings); Bill Green (flute, piccolo, clarinet, saxophone, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jim Horn (flute, piccolo, saxophone); Ernie Watts (flute, oboe, tenor saxophone); Jackie Kelso (flute, saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Bill Green (piccolo, saxophone); Donald Christlieb (bassoon); Gene Cipriano, Plas Johnson (saxophone); Freddie Hill, Allen DiRienzo, Ollie Mitchell, Tony Terran, Paul Hubinon (trumpet); Nat Adderley (cornet); Arthur Maebe, David Duke , Vincent DeRosa (French horn); Richard Hyde, Lew McCreary (trombone); Joe Zawinul (electric piano); Ken Watson, Gene Estes (vibraphone, percussion); Sonny Anderson (vibraphone); Roy McCurdy (drums); Joe Clayton (congas, bongos); Letta Mbulu, Lou Rawls, David McCallum (vocals); Al Casey (guitar); Bobby Bruce (violin); Jeffrey Solow (cello); Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone); Don Randi (piano, organ, keyboards); Gary Coleman (vibraphone, percussion); John Guerin (drums, tambourine); Earl Palmer (drums).
Audio Mixer: Dave Cooley.
Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (11/05/1966-05/21/1970).
Unknown Contributor Role: Bill Hinshaw.
Arranger: David Axelrod .
EMI in Great Britain reissued David Axelrod's three albums for Capitol in fine editions on both vinyl and CD at the end of the 1990s. Fantasy issued its own retrospective, The Axelrod Chronicles, in 2000. Blue Note is finally getting its act together here by taking a look at the work Axelrod did as both a producer and artist with Capitol from 1966-1970. The Edge is not perfect, but for 17 tracks it does give a halfway decent look at the wide range of projects and artists Axe worked with, despite the album's aesthetic inconsistency. Some of the most compelling of these are the tracks with actor David McCallum on vocals -- who played Robert Vaughn's sidekick Ilya Kuryakin in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. -- Axelrod produced four albums for him. "House of Mirrors," is a way tripped-out psychedelic piece with vocals Echoplexed to the max. The title cut is an instrumental that is all dreamy shimmering flute, vibes, guitars, and a horn section for drama. There is also a cut here from the South African artist Letta Mbulu, complete with a thunderstorm as an intro. Spacey, drifty, it's utterly beautiful with spare percussion and Mbulu's haunting voice sensing in her native tongue. Or course Lou Rawls is represented here with a monologue and his burning rendition of "You've Made Me So Very Happy." Axelrod himself has the lion's share of the set with nine cuts taken from his three Capitol albums, Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience, and Earth Rot. Thankfully, Cannonball Adderley is represented as well with "Tensity," from the ambitious Cannonball Adderley Quintet & Orchestra. It's not a perfect example, but at least it's here. The Edge is an okay place to start, but it's got little that will please longtime and hardcore fans and collectors. Hopefully, Axelrod's own catalog will be reissued domestically. ~ Thom Jurek
Artist Overview
As an in-house producer for Capitol Records, David Axelrod first garnered notoriety in the mid 1960s thanks to his innovative approach to recording the famed jazz and R&B figures Cannonball Adderley and Lou Rawls. Axelrod released several solo albums of strikingly innovative acid-tinged jazz-fusion in the 1970s, but wallowed in obscurity until his music was rediscovered by crate-digging hip-hop producers and DJs in search of obscure beats and samples. His production and composition styles have had such a profound effect on hip-hop luminaries such as DJ Shadow and Dr. Dre (among many others) that it's not a stretch to say that hip-hop wouldn't sound like it does today without David Axelrod.
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.136) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he dust has settled and the music stands alone, huge and unnerving."
Disc 1
1 House of Mirrors
2 Edge, The
3 Pula Yetla
4 Lifetime Monologue
5 You've Made Me So Very Happy
6 Smile, The
7 Songs of Innocence
8 Mental Traveler, The
9 Divine Image, A
10 London
11 Fly, The
12 Human Abstract
13 Warning Talk, Pt. 1
14 Warning Talk, Pt. 2
15 Signs, Pt. 1, The
16 Theme from the Fox
17 Tensity
Product Attributes
Artist Axelrod,David
Label Capitol Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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