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A happy David Axelrod sits backstage at Royal Festival Hall, shaking hands with fans who lined up to meet one of their heroes. Axelrod is trying to make sense of one of his first live performances in 25 years. A performance that saw Axelrod lead the twenty-six members of The Orchestra through some of the most hypnotically beautiful orchestra music of the "rock" era. Axelrod's fortunes turned radically in the '90s when artists like DJ Shadow and Dr. Dre rediscovered the hard edge transcendental beauty of music and started sampling his work with fervor as it was seen as "60s solo masterpieces as songs of innocence and songs of experience." Tonight, a crowd of mainly 25 to 35 year olds wait eagerly to see David Axelrod live and experience exactly what those sampled songs and original hits such as "Holy Thursday" truly sound like when played by a full orchestra. And he does not disappoint. Programming a greatest hits selection culled from his late 60s work, he sets the mood by taking the stage with a raised fist salute and a smile, delivering an opening "rap" over 1968's "The Edge" in which he announces, "I hate samples." Coincidentally, he also continues by stating that it is through these samples that he is allowed to travel to London and perform. The audience is in awe, unaware that, at heart, this is a Jazz performance and they should be applauding the soloists and are taken aback when Richard Ashcroft takes the stage to deliver the vocals on "Holy Are You", Axelrod's 1968 composition for the Electric Prunes. His vocals are of hushed, understated beauty and the next track is a revelation. "So Low" is the only new track of the evening and comes across like Jazz Stravinsky reinterpreting Duke Ellington's oriental suite and he has fans confused, pondering which lost Axelrod classic is its origin. The rest of the evening settles into a mood of nocturnal, big city transcendence, from the blissful, driving melancholy of Cannonball Adderley's "Tensity", to the "Holy Thursday/Urizen" double header from Song of Innocence. All restless soaring spirit, anchored to a hard-eyed Jazz club back-beat, it's safe to say that the record-bag kids have never seen or heard anything like this. Despite the standing ovations, there was no encore. "I don't do encores" he shouted. BONUS DISC audio CD of the concert included (minus the track "London").

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Product Details

  • Actors: David Axelrod
  • Directors: Dana Axelrod
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Live, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: David Axelrod
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012OSGRC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,389 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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David Axelrod is a legend, a producer and engineer on the sessions of so many jazz artists of the 1960s and an eccentric genius whose genre-defying solo albums embody and exemplify the dreams, creativity, risk taking, and experimentation of that heady era more than anyone else. It is genre defying music: classical grandeur, jazz improvisation, funky grooves, psychedelic atmosphere, and the moods and textures found in the greatest film scores.

Dana Axelrod, David Axelrod's son, knew that his father's music was "must hear" and needed to be seen and listened to in a proper live setting. After years of working towards this moment, the concert at Royal Festival Hall in London finally resulted. Dana Axelrod captures an extraordinary experience that was overdue and a long time coming--you can feel the excitement of the high caliber musicians performing his father's compositions and his father conducting his work for the first time in a generation.

The set of tracks picked couldn't have been more perfect--the landmark Cannonball Adderley collaboration "Tensity", the now instantly recognizable "The Edge", some re-imaginings of "Paint It Black" and "Norwegian Wood" that travel in much more intriguing and engaging directions than the original songs, and, of course, the standout cuts from The Axe's genre-defying masterpieces, which are true hidden gems of the 1960s--Songs of Innocence and Experience.

Highly Recommended for the collection of any serious music lover.
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IF YOU LIKE JAZZ, YOU WILL LIKE THIS ALBUM.
DAVID AXELROD IS THE MOST COPIED COMPOSER.
A RIFT HERE AND A RIFT THERE.
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