4 June 2006
DAVID AXELROD - MARCHIN'
This was recorded in 1980 and was the last album Axe would release for the thirteen years that would follow. And he went out on an interesting note. The compositions are there but the sound's not quite as expansive as usual and maybe a bit slicker .Still there are definitely some songs that are certified Axe bangers, regardless of production . There's even a couple open breakbeats that would compete with any of his previous work.The best song by far is "Wandering Star" with its great, loud, pounding drums and other great playing, which harkens back to his earlier work. One of his catchiest songs is included with "Jahil." It just jams from beginning to end. "Marchin' "hits it on the one and towards the end goes into a latin vamp which spirals off into drums and guitar breakdown. Also included is a pretty straight jazz tribute to Cannonball, "Threnody For A Brother." "Dr. T"is a nice bit of jazz funk which fairly skanks along .This is a lot harder to find than most of his other albums from this time, but it's definitely worth tracking down.
As Score Baby so succinctly put it :
"Axe is the gift that keeps on giving"
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