Little Axe - Champagne&Grits (Blues)

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Little Axe - Champagne&Grits (Blues)

Artist : Little Axe
Album : Champagne & Grits
Release Date : Sep 21, 2004
Label : Real World
Playtime: 74:10
Quality : mp3 220Kb
Size : 85Mb

Genre : Blues
Styles : Modern Electric Blues, Modern Acoustic Blues, Dub, Blues Gospel
Biography by Jason Ankeny
Little Axe was the alias of Skip McDonald, a blues performer whose list of credits also included work on some of rap music's most influential records. Born Bernard Alexander in Dayton, Ohio in 1949, McDonald learned blues guitar from his father, and by the age of ten was already playing professionally with area jazz musicians. By age 12, his focus had shifted to doo-wop, and he also played in a gospel quartet; after high school, he and several friends relocated to New York City, where they formed a group dubbed the Entertainers and toured extensively throughout the East Coast.

In 1973 McDonald teamed with bassist Doug Wimbish and drummer Harold Sargeant in the group Wood Brass & Steel, recording a pair of LPs before calling it quits in 1979. McDonald and Wimbish soon reunited under the auspices of the fledgling rap label Sugarhill, where they teamed with drummer Keith LeBlanc to become the company's house band. Over the course of the next three years, the trio played on a number of the most seminal records of the era, including the Grandmaster Flash classics "The Message" and "White Lines."

After exiting Sugarhill's ranks, the group worked at Tommy Boy Records, where they teamed with producer Adrian Sherwood to develop his famed On-U Sound. Sherwood subsequently convinced the trio to relocate to London, where they were rechristened Tackhead and fronted by vocalist Gary Clail. They also began handling some of On-U's myriad production assignments, remixing material for artists including Nine Inch Nails, African Headcharge, Megadeth and Living Colour, whom Wimbish later joined.

By 1992, McDonald adopted the name Little Axe and returned to the blues of his youth, albeit a brand of blues informed by his latter-day musical experiences which also incorporated elements of gospel, rock, reggae and funk. Co-produced by Sherwood and recorded with the aid of Wimbish and LeBlanc as well as vocalists Kevin Gibbs and Saz Bell and Indian percussionist Tavin Singh, Little Axe debuted in 1994 with the single "Ride On (Fight On); " the full-length The Wolf That House Built was released later in the year to wide acclaim. "Another Sinful Day" followed in 1995, with Slow Fuse appearing in 1996

1. People Grinning In Your Face
2. Finger On The Trigger
3. Mean Things
4. The Way I See
5. Walk On Water
6. Go Away Devil
7. Say My Name
8. Take Me Back To The Country
9. All In The Same Boat
10. Living And Sleeping In A Dangerous Time
11. Will I Ever Get Back Home Again?
12. Cloud
13. Run Sinners

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