Little Axe

Born 1949.
Little Axe


Little Axe is the stage name of Skip McDonald (born Bernard Alexander, 1949, Dayton, Ohio) an American musician. McDonald played jazz, doo-wop, and gospel when young, and relocated to New York City as a teenager with his band of friends, called The Entertainers.

Axe joined the group Wood Brass & Steel in 1973 with bass guitarist Doug Wimbish and drummer Harold Sargent. The group recorded two albums before their 1979 breakup. Axe then became one of the members of the house band for Sugarhill Records and appeared as a session player on many early rap albums, one of which was The Message by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Bought for a Dollar, Sold for a Dime

    Bought for a Dollar, Sold for a Dime 2010

    Reviewed by Martin Longley
    Embraces the blues with authority, creativity and innovation.
  2. Review of Champagne and Grits

    Champagne and Grits 2004

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    ...making the blues a viable form of musical protest for the 21st century.
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