Artist, Arranger, Composer and “Sometime Cellist” Paul Buckmaster 

iconlogo2Paul John Buckmaster (born in 1946 London) is a Grammy Award-winning English artist, arranger and composer. Buckmaster won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for Drops of Jupiter.

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Buckmaster is perhaps best known for his orchestral collaborations with Elton John. He has displayed professional mastery as a cellist but he has also worked as an arranger on various hit songs, including David Bowie‘s Space Oddity(1969), and helped Miles Davis with the preparation of On the Corner.

Buckmaster also played with Bowie and his band in the recordings for the original soundtrack to the science fiction film The Man Who Fell To Earth, in which David Bowie starred as Thomas Jerome Newton. Buckmaster himself told in the book 60 Years Of Bowie that he had played cello on the original soundtrack recordings.

Paul met Miles Davis, with whom he would later collaborate on the album On the Corner (1972). 1970 saw Paul’s collaboration with Elton John’s “first” album, Elton John. Several tracks from that innovative album stand out, among which are “Take me to the Pilot”, “The Greatest Discovery”, “Your Song”, and “Sixty Years On”.

The collaborations with Elton, Bernie Taupin, and Gus Dudgeon continued over the next several years; this included the albums Tumbleweed Connection, Madman Across the Water, Don’t Shoot Me – I’m Only the Piano Player, Blue Moves, and Paul’s score for the film Friends, for which Elton and Bernie wrote the songs. He also wrote and conducted the arrangements for A Single Man, from which Bernie and Gus were absent. Later, he was engaged to work on Elton’s Made in England (1994), and Songs from the West Coast (2002).

During the 70s and 80s, he played in a number of experimental music ensembles as cellist, doubling on keyboards and percussion, as well as composing the themes and underscore for several British TV documentaries.

Other artists Paul arranged for in his early period include Leonard Cohen’s album Songs of Love and Hate; Harry Nillsson’s singles “Without You” and “Spaceman”; Carly Simon’s “You’re so Vain” and “Haven’t Got Time for the Pain”; and The Rolling Stones’ “Moonlight Mile”, all recorded during the 1970-1972 period.




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