TIR 104: Paul Jackson Jr. Talks Tasty Guitar Licks and Session Kicks


Brought to you by FUNKNSTUFF.NET and hosted by Scott Goldfine — musicologist and author of “Everything Is on THE ONE: The First Guide of Funk” ― “TRUTH IN RHYTHM” is the interview show that gets DEEP into the pocket with contemporary music’s foremost masters of the groove.

Featured in TIR Episode 104 (2 parts): One of the most recorded guitarists in the world — Mr. Paul Jackson Jr. Also an accomplished producer, composer and arranger, Jackson spent a decade as an ace session player lending his highly in-demand skills to an astounding roster of respected and iconic music stars spanning the genres of jazz, pop, R&B and beyond before launching his successful solo career in the late 1980s as a jazz-R&B fusionist. His varied albums typically check all the jazz, funk, R&B boxes with tasty and nimble solos throughout.

Though he never got to meet or work with one of his chief guitar and musical influences, Wes Montgomery, Jackson has forged professional relationships with all the others who touched his formative years. Those include Earl Klugh, George Benson, Ray Parker Jr., George Duke, Earth. Wind and Fire’s Al McKay and Lee Ritenour, as well as his mentor, Patrice Rushen.

He has also appeared on the recordings of superstars like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Quincy Jones, Luther Vandross, Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, B.B. King, Kenny Rogers, Al Jarreau, Stanley Clarke, Joe Sample, Barry White and Chicago. More recently, Jackson contributed his talents to a Daft Punk album that won 5 Grammy Awards and was No. 1 in 104 countries.

Jackson has also released 8 albums under his own name, including his debut, I Came to Play, in 1988, Never Alone: Duets in 1996 and most recently, Stories From Stompin’ Willie. The latter was a tribute to his deceased friend and musical giant, George Duke, and the highly funky album includes several remakes of his works. In 2018, he joined prolific keyboardist Jeff Lorber’s Funk Soul Jazz trio, with the terrific Life and Times having dropped earlier this year and the group hitting stages in its support. In addition, Jackson has appeared on many TV shows and specials, including “Martin,” “Don’t Forget The Lyrics” “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” and “American Idol.”

Jackson covers most of those experiences in this in-depth TRUTH IN RHYTHM interview. He digs deep into his playing techniques, unforgettable memories recording some of contemporary music’s great songs, working with famed artists, stories around his own releases, spirituality and faith, just about everything in between, and even the fantastic things just around the corner.



Scott Goldfine

As a fervid lifelong music & film enthusiast / student, I grew up in and around the Los Angeles entertainment industry. I have worked and held many positions in various media realms, since 1998 serving as Editor-in-Chief and now Associate Publisher for Security Sales & Integration, a trade publication serving the electronic security industry. I love several genres of music & film. The former includes funk (Parliament-Funkadelic, Prince, Ohio Players, etc.); blues (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Eric Gales, etc.); rock (Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, etc.); hard rock (AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, etc.); jazz (Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Crusaders, etc.); R&B (Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Gil Scott-Heron, etc.); and more. I was a club disc jockey and ran a mobile DJ company (Musical Moods) for more than 15 years, which is where the name Dr. GX originates (Doctor Good Times). Fave film genres include horror (Dawn of the Dead, Evil Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc.); science fiction (Aliens, Terminator, 2001, etc.); action (Warriors, Road Warrior, Die Hard); westerns (Outlaw Josey Wales, Showdown at OK Corral; Wild Bunch, etc.); suspense (Jaws, Inception, Silence of the Lambs, etc.); drama (Apocalypse Now, Goodfellas, Pulp Fiction, etc.); and comedies (Life of Brian, Superbad, Ruthless People, etc.). I have attended many hundreds of concerts and movies (in theaters or screenings). I may as well also throw in a few favorite TV shows to give an even broader taste of my sensibilities. A handful would be Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Lost, Justified, Fargo, Seinfeld, Sopranos, South Park, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Key & Peele, Monty Python, Inside Amy Schumer, Louie, Modern Family, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Last Man on Earth, Bob Newhart Show, All in the Family and The Office. Fave authors are Stephen King, Clive Barker and Michael Crichton. I am also a big sports fan and lifelong supporter of the Dallas Cowboys (NFL), Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) and Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB). Also enjoy my family of course, electronics/computers/AV gear, and animals, nature and outdoor activities. Graduate of Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica College and California State University Northridge (Radio-TV-Film, Psychology minor). Also studied at UCLA for kinesiology/psychology and earned post-grad Certificate in Accounting from Santa Monica College. Present main occupation is as Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Security Sales & Integration (SSI), which I joined in 1998. I am responsible for overseeing all editorial content in print. online, electronic, in-person and any other media or products for the electronic security industry's leading business-to-business trade publication. SSI is part of Framingham, Mass.-based Emerald Expositions.