Tributes paid to David Axelrod

The composer, arranger and producer has died aged 83

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Tributes have been paid to composer, arranger and producer David Axelrod, who has died aged 83.

Born in Los Angeles in 1933, Axelrod produced his first album in 1959. He spent several years working for Capitol Records during the 1960s and went on to release more than a dozen of his own albums, including his 1968 debut album Songs Of Innocence and Songs Of Experience, the following year.

He also collaborated with the Electric Prunes on their 1968 album Mass In F# Minor, finishing recording duties with session musicians when the band split up during the sessions.


During the 1990s, artists including DJ Shadow, Wu-Tang Clan and Lil Wayne sampled his tracks, leading to a resurgence of interest in his work. Subsequently, Axelrod released an eponymous album in 2001 on the British dance label Mo’Wax.

In 2005, Blue Note released a collection of his late ’60s work, called The Edge.


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