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Paul Buckmaster has died

The UK musician, composer and arranger was 71 years old

The death of Paul Buckmaster was announced by his management company McDaniel Entertainment on 8 November.

Born in London in 1946, Buckmaster picked up playing cello at an early age. After studying at Royal Academy of Music, he began his career with a focus on classical music but he soon started collaborating with rock and pop artists. He worked on David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” (1969) and he was a member of The Third Ear Band when they composed the soundtrack to Roman Polanski’s 1972 film adaptation of Macbeth. He also played electric cello and contributed arrangements to Miles Davis’s On The Corner (1972). Indeed he played cello on many jazz recording sessions, British composer Neil Ardley's 1976 album Kaleidoscope Of Rainbows among them. In 1995 he composed the score for Terry Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys, and in 2012 he participated in Kirk Degiorgio's The Beauty Room project. One of his longstanding working partnerships was with UK guitarist Michael Chapman, which continued into the 2010s.