1. the glory days of the super-producer are far from over;it's just that the landscape has drastically shifted into a postmodern apocalypse,metphorically similar to the cover painting of earth shot. is timbaland the closet we have to a norman whitifield? Is kanye west the new breed of arranger?sure,some old-school producers like arif mardin are still able to make an imapct-with a little help from norah jones.but where are the new,eccentic jazz producers who will leave their mark on several labels through decades of work?where is the next creed taylor,joel dorn,bob shad, or bob thiele(the list goes on)? Is jazz no longer popular and creative because of the absence of these types of producers-or vice versa?
and,finally, will there ever be david axelrod? a producer who could do it all - compose,write lyrics,arrange,conduct,produce,A&R - and no matter the genre. music has transformed so much since the 1970s that the idea in the heyday of axelord's career? some things,however, never change. producer/songwrites have always shaped pop and R&B acts - lone before maurice starr's new kids on the block, the electric prunes were little more than a name when you consider that axelord wrote the music and even stocked his version of the band with ringers. just like norman whitfield's temptations wre different from smokey robsion's temptations.
r：H.B.wrote busy charts - that's noticeable on alot of your capitol productions. but often on certian sections of these busy tracks, the instruments would just drop out, leaving space for just a couple instruments to stretch out. was that you doing?
r:always let it breathe?
D:always. and I still do. if you listen, you'll hear it.
r:interesting that other late-'60s producers and arrangers wre into filling up every bit of open space in a song, and your production are famous for focusing on that open space.
D:that's gil evans's influence. he blew my mind,just blew my mind.the year was 1964, the album was called out of the cool.this album changes everyone.
3. david axelord回忆参与unkle第一张专集制作时的细节：
I thought to myself,"this is going to be hard. I have to make it so it sound like 2001. the twenty-first century." and you know what? It does. when we were doing the mix,jame lavelle was there. all of a sudden, he looks at me and say, "how the hell did you make the sounde so contemporary?" I lokked at him and said, "It's why you paid me." I mean, how do you answer such a stupid question?