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Paul Buckmaster

Paul Buckmaster

Paul Buckmaster

Paul John Buckmaster (13 June 1946 – 7 November 2017) was a Grammy Award-winning English artist, arranger, conductor and composer. He is best known for his orchestral collaborations with Elton John and with The Rolling Stones in the 1970s. He began learning the cello at the age of four and graduated from the Royal Academy of Music at age 21. Buckmaster displayed professional mastery as a cellist. However, he soon started his career as an orchestral arranger on various hit songs Read more on
Paul John Buckmaster (13 June 1946 – 7 November 2017) was a Grammy Award-winning English artist, arranger, conductor and composer. He is best known for his orchestral collaborations with Elton John and with The Rolling Stones in the 1970s. He began learning the cello at the age of four and graduated from the Royal Academy of Music at age 21. Buckmaster displayed professional mastery as a cellist. However, he soon started his career as an orchestral arranger on various hit songs, including David Bowie's "Space Oddity" (1969), and contributed orchestral collaborations on a number of early albums by Elton John (1969-72) and on The Rolling Stones' album Sticky Fingers (1971). Buckmaster also helped Miles Davis with the preparation of On the Corner (1972). He wrote the arrangements for the studio sessions, in which he also participated, at Davis' request, by humming bass lines and rhythms to lead the musicians. The arrangements he wrote were often used as a starting point to be transformed until what was being played bore no resemblance to what he had written.

This was in keeping with the Stockhausian approach that Buckmaster had been discussing with Davis in the weeks leading up to the session. Buckmaster also played with Bowie and his band on 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. Also Carlos Alomar, J. Peter Robinson and others were involved.

Buckmaster: "There were a couple of medium tempo rock instrumental pieces, with simple motifs and rifly kind of grooves, with a line-up of David's rhythm section (Carlos Alomar et al.) plus J Peter Robinson on Fender Rhodes and me on cello and some synth overdubs, using ARP Odyssey and Solina. There was also a piece I wrote and performed using some beautifully made mbiras (African thumb pianos) I had purchased earlier that year, plus cello, all done by multiple overdubbing." Later film-director Nicolas Roeg decided not to use the recordings but existing songs as soundtrack for the movie. Buckmaster also wrote some instrumental tracks for the 1974 Harry Nilsson film Son of Dracula, and composed the original score for Terry Gilliam's science fiction hit 12 Monkeys (Universal, 1995), which starred Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt. Buckmaster won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for Drops of Jupiter. Selected discography YearArtistSongAlbumNotes 2016Max&Friends"Dove c'è amore" "Arrivi Tu" "Acqua" "Sabato Sera" "Una parte del tutto" "Felice" "Terra mia" Max&FriendsCo-composer Arranger 2016Idina Menzel"Extraordinary" "Show Me" "Everybody Knows" "Small World" "I Do" "I See You" "Like Lightning" "Last Time"idina.Arranger 2016Heart"I Jump" "City's Burning" "Sweet Darlin" "Language of Love"Beautiful BrokenArranger 2015The Tenors"I Remember You"Under One SkyArranger 2014Hunter Hayes"...interlude"StorylineArranger/Conductor 2014Ferras feat. Katy Perry"Legends Never Die"FerrasArranger/Conductor 2013Goo Goo Dolls"When The World Breaks Your Heart"MagneticArranger/Conductor 2012Ben Folds Five"On Being Frank" "Away When You Were Here"The Sound of the Life of the MindArranger/Conductor 2010Taylor Swift"Back to December" "Haunted"Speak NowArranger/Conductor 2009Mika"I See You"The Boy Who Knew Too MuchArranger/Conductor 2008Guns N' Roses"Street of Dreams" "There Was A Time" "Madagascar" "Prostitute"Chinese DemocracyArranger/Conductor 2007The Bravery"The Ocean"The Sun and the MoonArranger/Conductor 2007Mika"Happy Ending"Life in Cartoon MotionArranger/Conductor 2007Katharine McPhee"Ordinary World"Katharine McPheeArranger/Conductor 2007Michael Bublé"Lost"Call Me IrresponsibleArranger/Conductor 2007Mig Ayesa"Baby I Love Your Way" "Kiss From a Rose" "Who Wants to Live Forever" "Can't Find My Home" "Life on Mars" "Wrapped Around Your Finger"MigArranger/Conductor 2006Ben Folds"Still"Over the Hedge (Soundtrack)Arranger/Conductor 2006New Found Glory"When I Die" "Boulders"Coming HomeArranger/Conductor 2006Kenny Rogers"Water & Bridges" "One Life"Water & BridgesArranger/Conductor 2006Jesse McCartney"Invincible"Right Where You Want MeArranger/Conductor 2006Bianca Ryan"Awake"Bianca RyanArranger/Conductor 2005Bon Jovi"Wildflower"Have a Nice DayArranger/Conductor 2005Carrie Underwood"Lessons Learned" "Starts With Goodbye"Some HeartsArranger/Conductor 2005Faith Hill"Paris"FirefliesArranger/Conductor 2005Ben Folds"Landed"Songs for SilvermanArranger/Conductor 2005The Wallflowers"Beautiful Side of Somewhere"Rebel, SweetheartArranger/Conductor 2005The Darkness"Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time" "Girlfriend" "Blind Man"One Way Ticket to Hell... and BackArranger/Conductor 2005Nerina Pallot"Geek Love" "Idaho"FiresArranger/Conductor 2004Keith Urban"Tonight I Wanna Cry" "She's Gotta Be"Be HereArranger/Conductor 2004Tears for Fears"Secret World"Everybody Loves a Happy EndingArranger/Conductor 2004Third Day"Wire" "It's a Shame"WireArranger/Conductor 2003Train"Lincoln Avenue" "Your Every Color"My Private NationArranger/Conductor 2003The Thorns"No Blue Sky"The ThornsArranger/Conductor 2003Something Corporate"The Runaway" "Me and the Moon"NorthArranger/Conductor/Performer 2003Beth Hart"I'll Stay With You"Leave the Light OnArranger/Conductor 2003Luis Miguel"Nos Hizo Falta Tiempo"33Arranger/Conductor 2003Live"Run Away"Birds of PrayArranger/Conductor 2003Wilshire"In Your Arms" "Tonight"New UniverseArranger/Conductor 2002Faith Hill"You're Still Here" "Safest Place to Hide"CryArranger/Conductor 2002Tim McGraw"She's My Kind of Rain"Tim McGraw and the Dancehall DoctorsArranger/Conductor 2002Something Corporate"Punk Rock Princess" "The Astronaut" "Cavanaugh Park" "Not What It Seems" "Globes And Maps"Leaving Through the WindowArranger/Conductor 2001Train"Drops of Jupiter"Drops of JupiterArranger/Conductor 2002 Grammy Winner Arrangement of the Year 2001Elton John"This Train Don't Stop There Anymore" "Original Sin" "Ballad of the Boy in the Red Shoes" "Mansfield" "Emperor's New Clothes"Songs from the West CoastArranger/Conductor 2000No Doubt"Too Late (Reprise)" (Hidden instrumental track)Return of SaturnArranger/Conductor 1999Julio Iglesias JrUnder My EyesArranger/Conductor 1999Tal Bachman"Beside You" "You're My Everything"Tal BachmanArranger/Conductor 1999Lara Fabian"Sola Otra Vez"Lara FabianArranger 1998Des'ree"Time"SupernaturalArranger/Conductor 1997Collective Soul"She Said"Scream 2 SoundtrackArranger/Conductor/Co-composer 1996Counting Crows"Daylight Fading" "I'm Not Sleeping" "Another Horsedreamer's Blues"Recovering the SatellitesArranger/Conductor 1996Celine Dion"Falling into You"Falling into YouArranger/Conductor 1995Elton John"Believe" "Belfast" "House" "Cold"Made in EnglandComposer/Arranger/Conductor 1993Dwight Yoakam"Ain't That Lonely Yet" "Try Not to Look So Pretty"This TimeArranger/Conductor 1994 Grammy Winner Best Male Country Vocal Performance 1992Lionel Richie"My Destiny" "Love, Oh Love"Back to FrontArranger/Conductor 1991Kenny Loggins"Cody's Song" "Too Early for the Sun"Leap of FaithArranger/Conductor 1991Lloyd ColeDon't Get Weird on Me BabeArranger/Conductor 1985Mick Jagger"Hard Woman"She's the BossArranger/Conductor 1983Nick HeywardNorth of a MiracleArranger 1983Stevie Nicks"Beauty and the Beast"The Wild HeartArranger/Conductor 1978Elton JohnA Single ManArranger/Conductor 1977Grateful DeadTerrapin StationArranger/Conductor entire Side Two of Album 1976Elton JohnBlue MovesArranger/Conductor 1975Thijs van LeerO My LoveArranger/Conductor 1974Miles Davis"Ife"Big FunArranger/Conductor 1974Carly Simon"Haven't Got Time for the Pain"HotcakesArranger/Conductor 1973Elton John"Have Mercy on the Criminal" "Blues for My Baby and Me"Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano PlayerArranger/Conductor 1973Shawn Phillips"Lady of the Blue Rose"Bright WhiteArranger/Conductor 1973Blood, Sweat & TearsNo SweatArranger/Conductor 1972Miles DavisOn the CornerArranger/Conductor 1972Carly Simon"You're So Vain"No SecretsArranger/Conductor 1971Elton John"Tiny Dancer" "Levon"Madman Across the WaterArranger/Conductor/Musical Director (Full Album) 1971Rolling Stones"Moonlight Mile" "Sway"Sticky FingersArranger/Conductor 1971Leonard CohenSongs of Love and HateArranger/Conductor 1971Harry Nilsson"Without You"Nilsson SchmilssonArranger/Conductor 1971Elton John "Variations on "Friends" Theme" "Variations on Michelle's Song" "I Mean To Do My Work Today" "Four Moods" FriendsArranger/Conductor/Musical Director (Full Album) 1970Elton JohnTumbleweed ConnectionArranger/Conductor/Musical Director (Full Album) 1970Elton John"Your Song" "Border Song" "The Greatest Discovery" (cello Intro)Elton JohnArranger/Conductor/Musical Director (Full Album) 1970Shawn Phillips"F Sharp Splendor" (instrumental)Second ContributionArranger/Musical Director/Keyboards (Full Album) 1970Mick Farren"Mona, The Whole Trip"Mona – The Carnivorous CircusSolo cello 1969David Bowie"Space Oddity" "Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud"Space OddityArranger/Cellist/Conductor 1969 The Bee Gees - Odessa - cello Read more on

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