was busy from the 1960s to the 1980s, recording with just about anyone and
A couple of
his early recordings were Wes Montgomery’s Bumpin’ and Tequila. In the late ‘60s, he appeared
on Child is Father to the Man by
Blood, Sweat & Tears, Tony Sings
the Great Hits of Today! by Tony Bennett, and Wave by Antonio Carlos Jobim.
He opened the
1970s with Louis Armstrong and His
Friends. In 1972, he
appeared on a pair of Grover Washington, Jr. albums, All the King’s Horses and Inner City Blues.
He could also be heard on Washington’s Soul Box and Mister Magic. In 1976, he appeared on three of Van
McCoy’s albums, African
Symphony, The Real McCoy, and
Rhythms of the World. This was followed by ambitious
projects such as Star Wars and Other
Galactic Funk by Meco, Towering Toccata by Lalo Schifrin, and Van
McCoy and His Magnificent Movie Machine.
How is this
for contrast? In 1978, he
appeared on Sesame Street Fever
and Penthouse Presents Pulsating
Disco and Romantic Sounds for Loving and Dancing.
The turn of
the decade found him on Naughty
by Chaka Khan and Christmas in the
Stars: Star Wars Christmas
Album by Meco. In 1983, he played violin on Stevie
Nicks’ solo album, The Wild
Heart. Other ‘80s
releases on which he appeared include Ralph MacDonald’s Universal Rhythm, Moondog, and
Coleman Hawkins’ Body &
The CD era is
dotted with re-masterings and re-packagings bearing Paul’s name in the credits,
including Birth of the Cool Funk –
Vintage Jams and Serious Grooves, The
Girl from Ipanema: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook, and Ritmo de la Noche/Rhythm of the Night –
The Very Best of Latin Jazz.
Van McCoy recordings
The Shuffle (Van McCoy)
That’s the Joint (Richard Harris/Van McCoy)