Paul Pesco

Producer, Session Guitarist

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Guitarist, Multi-Instrumentalist, Producer, Composer, Singer/Songwriter, Studio Owner and Engineer. Paul is used to wearing any or all of these hats. Since the early eighties right up to the present, Paul has and continues to contribute to some of the most iconic and recognizable popular music.

Paul’s resume reads like a “Who’s Who” of music industry giants including: Annie Lennox, Alicia Keys, George Benson, Busta Rhymes, Mary J Blige, Chromeo, Miguel, Michael Bolton, Joan Baez, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Lopez, Jeff Lorber, Alejandro Sanz, Roberta Flack, Mariah Carey, C+C Music Factory, Dave Weckl, Steve Winwood, and too many more to name here.

Paul was the lead guitarist and musical director of the rock and soul duo Hall & Oates, He also performed the same role for Daryl Hall's successful reality music television program, Live From Daryl's House, and toured with Hall's solo band.

Suffice it to say that once you see and hear him, you’ll understand why Paul has been sought out by so many great musicians for so long.Although you may not know Paul Pesco by name, you’ve likely heard his music. In fact, Paul has been, and is still, among the most prolific and sought-after session musicians since he began playing professionally in the early 1980s, including several gigs for a young performer named Madonna, who recognized his talent and hired him to record some sessions with her.

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Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Paul Pesco
  • Chaka Khan
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Omar
  • Alana Davis
  • Alana Davis
  • Alana Davis
  • Donna Summer
  • Donna Summer
  • Rumer
  • Bas
  • Mali Music
  • Ledisi
  • Ledisi
  • Chromeo
  • Gyptian
  • Andy Snitzer
  • Estelle
  • Philip Bailey
  • Miguel
  • Miguel
  • Sophie B. Hawkins
  • Austin Peralta
  • Austin Peralta
  • Daryl Hall
  • Daryl Hall
  • Daryl Hall
  • Daryl Hall
  • Daryl Hall
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Paulo Gonzo
  • Kitaro
  • Kitaro
  • Madonna
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • Whitney Houston
  • Alicia Keys
  • Alicia Keys
  • John Krondes
  • Madonna
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Kitaro
  • Grandmaster Flash
  • Grandmaster Flash
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Kitaro
  • Kitaro
  • Abdel Wright
  • Abdel Wright
  • Dave Weckl Band
  • Dave Weckl
  • Dave Weckl Band
  • Dave Weckl
  • John Powell
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • The System
  • The System
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Alexander Zonjic
  • Alexander Zonjic
  • Alexander Zonjic
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • Kitaro
  • Kitaro
  • Grady Nichols
  • Grady Nichols
  • Grady Nichols
  • Grady Nichols
  • O-Town
  • O-Town
  • O-Town
  • Carol Duboc
  • Gerald Albright
  • Gerald Albright
  • Céline Dion
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Louise
  • Louise
  • Stella Soleil
  • Stella Soleil
  • Eternal
  • Eternal
  • Paul Taylor
  • Paul Taylor
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Silk
  • Silk
  • Debbie Gibson
  • Mariah Carey
  • Miki Howard
  • Take Five
  • Rosie O'Donnell
  • Najee
  • Sentidos Opuestos
  • Tamar Braxton
  • K-Ci & JoJo
  • Céline Dion
  • Gerald Levert
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Lynch Mob
  • Lynch Mob
  • Lynch Mob
  • Lynch Mob
  • Lynch Mob
  • Lynch Mob
  • Chico DeBarge
  • Sonny Southon
  • Sonny Southon
  • Art Porter
  • Madonna
  • Jeff Lorber
  • Charito
  • Charito
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • Billy Mann
  • Billy Mann
  • Ladae!
  • Herb Alpert
  • Herb Alpert
  • Faith Evans
  • Faith Evans
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt
  • Joan Baez
  • Joan Baez
  • Joan Baez
  • Roberta Flack
  • Roberta Flack
  • Steve Winwood
  • Al Green
  • Eternal
  • Eternal
  • Cindy Mizelle
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Art Porter
  • Art Porter
  • Art Porter
  • Mijares
  • Jeff Lorber
  • Jeff Lorber
  • Sugar Beats
  • Sugar Beats
  • Vertical Hold
  • Glenn Hughes
  • Glenn Hughes
  • Nokko
  • Al Green
  • Carole Davis
  • Carole Davis
  • Carole Davis
  • Carole Davis
  • Carole Davis
  • Carole Davis
  • Carole Davis
  • Nick Scotti
  • Donna Summer
  • Bob James
  • Earl Klugh
  • Bob James
  • Earl Klugh
  • Madonna
  • Madonna
  • Exposé
  • Clivillés & Cole
  • C+C Music Factory
  • Clivillés & Cole
  • C+C Music Factory
  • Najee
  • Patti Austin
  • Art Porter
  • Valeria Lynch
  • Sofia Shinas
  • Freddie Jackson
  • Tyler Collins
  • Tyler Collins
  • Mecano
  • Deborah Blando
  • Mariah Carey
  • Samantha Fox
  • Donna Summer
  • Donna Summer
  • New Kids on the Block
  • Ricca
  • Jellybean
  • Steel Pulse
  • Sheena Easton
  • David Rudder
  • Mica Paris
  • C+C Music Factory
  • Tracie Spencer
  • Debbie Gibson
  • Dino
  • Dino
  • Céline Dion
  • Dino
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Ofra Haza
  • Stephanie Mills
  • Paul Pesco
  • Paul Pesco
  • James "J.T." Taylor
  • Shirley Lewis
  • Alyson Williams
  • Alyson Williams
  • Peter Moffitt
  • Peter Moffitt
  • Peter Moffitt
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Chaka Khan
  • Steve Winwood
  • Miki Howard
  • The System
  • The System
  • Chuck Stanley
  • Gavin Christopher
  • Simon F.
  • TKA
  • Michael Bolton
  • Whitney Houston
  • Steve Winwood
  • Afrika Bambaataa
  • Force M.D.'s
  • Force M.D.'s
  • Regina
  • Chaka Khan
  • Chaka Khan
  • Pauli Carman
  • Don Johnson
  • Don Johnson
  • Don Johnson
  • The Pointer Sisters
  • Philip Bailey
  • James Ingram
  • Gavin Christopher
  • Gavin Christopher
  • Jenny Burton
  • George Benson
  • Michael Bolton
  • Eddie Murphy
  • The System
  • The System
  • René & Angela
  • René & Angela
  • Grandmaster Flash
  • Grandmaster Flash
  • Grandmaster Flash
  • Chaka Khan
  • Angela Bofill
  • Angela Bofill
  • Angela Bofill
  • Jeff Lorber
  • Jeff Lorber
  • The System
  • The System
  • The Ritchie Family
  • Howard Johnson
  • Madonna
  • Madonna
  • Attitude
  • Paul Pesco
  • Paul Pesco
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • Paul Pesco
  • Paul Pesco
  • Evan Rogers
  • Grasshopper
  • Eternal
  • Eternal
  • Grasshopper
  • Chaka Khan
  • Margareth Menezes

19 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by kev
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    Paul was very cool to work with he’s very creative and a visionary. I see why he’s done jobs for great artist.

  2. Review by Oskar Rózsa
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    It was pleasure working with Paul. Creative mind, great musicianship, top sound recording.

  3. Review by Andrew B.
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    Cant say enough great things about Paul. Really knows how to nail the idea and brings something to the table that always elevates the song in the end. Looking forward to working with Paul again.

  4. Review by Frank T.
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    Paul is a one-of-a-kind musician who really understands exactly what you’re looking for! His discography needs no introduction. You are getting a QUALITY production with him. He is patient and professional, taking the time to really figure out what’s best for your project. I absolutely love what he has done for this tricky modern 80’s sound and will be working with him again!

  5. Review by John N.
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    Second job with Paul. Excellence again! Really nailed a tricky tune and laid down an essential element to the groove.

  6. Review by Andrew B.
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    Paul is a pro's pro! Absolutely fantastic to work with and just nails the brief for the song. Super clear and communicative and most importantly just brings such a professional and perfect approach to the song. Cant recommend him highly enough and look forward to working more with him in the future.

  7. Review by John N.
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    Sublime "feel" on what I would think of as a pretty challenging track. Super easy to work with and the parts Paul laid down are absolute top drawer stuff! On to our next one...

  8. Review by samirmaslo
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    It was my first project with Paul and for sure not the last one.
    Everything on point... from his first reply to delivery and not to forget his amazing guitar sounds. Excellent!!!
    Thank you :)

  9. Review by Keiichiro K.
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    He is an amazing guitar player! He made my track sound so much better with his guitar tracks. Also, I always had great communication with him because of his prompt response and quick work. Highly recommended!

  10. Review by Fabio V.
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    Paul is one of the greatest musician to del with. I've been honoured.

  11. Review by Morgan W.
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    Paul is just brilliant! His extraordinary talent with originality are truly inspiring and energizing. Legendary!

  12. Review by Joseph V.
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    Paul is a master of his craft... no words can even express how talented and dedicated he is to music and creating the best tune possible. His credits speak volumes but the actual tracks speak more. Professional, personable, and simply outstanding.

  13. Review by Eric S.
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    Outstanding!!!World-Class guitar tracks from an industry living legend plus a fast delivery time even through the holidays.It doesn't get much better than this! Thank you Paul for bringing my track to the next level.

  14. Review by Enrico De Paoli
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    Great guy! Great to deal with. Paul is very high-spirited and has a discography that needs no introductions. Amazingly musical and as perfeccionist as I am :) Looking forward to working with him again.

  15. Review by Jonathan Mangum
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    Paul Pesco not only is the one of the best players in the business, he is an amazingly positive and fun person to be around. To me, personality and likability are almost as important as talent-- and Pesco has a ridiculous amount of both.

  16. Review by Tony Drootin
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    Paul is an incredibly talented musician and a great person to work with. I have worked with him on more projects than I can remember throughout my career managing some of the top recording studios in Manhattan. Paul is one of those studio and touring musicians you WANT to be working with.

  17. Review by Naomi Schulman
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    Paul is an amazing guitarist/performer with nothing but positivity! I began working In the studio with him where he is producing and co writing my originals with me! He is so creative and always knows how to create the sound you are looking for, He is professional and full of knowledge! I look forward to learning more from him!

  18. Review by David Frank
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    by David Frank

    I have worked with Paul on many projects including The System, Pussycat Dolls, Madonna, actually Paul has been the guitar player on almost all the projects I have produced or ever been a part of. He is extraordinarily versatile and yet very specifically musical, intuitive and profoundly able in all musical styles. Superb musician and person.6 stars

  19. Review by Tanya Hamilton
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    Paul Pesco is contacted by many famous musicians who are looking for the professional services he can provide as a guitarist, songwriter, producer and total team player you need with solutions that only someone with his expert knowledge in the industry can bring you.

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1.Miguel"Do You..", 2.Busta Rhymes, Janet Jackson "Whats It Gonna Be", 3.J-Lo "Play", 4.C&C Music Factory "Things That Make You Go Hmm...", 5."Sweat", 6."Here We Go Lets Rock And Roll", 7.FOX Sports NFL Theme

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Gear Highlights
  • Suhr Guitars
  • Suhr Amplifiers
  • QSC
  • Quilter
  • Taylor Guitars
  • D'Angelico Guitars
  • DR Strings
  • RME
  • Ableton
  • Line 6
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  • Check out the Paul Pesco Select Discography on SpotifyJan 29, 2022

    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7vVbbjem8oqnY8TmB4GqLw?si=nTCuyrnPT0COfBVDIh4QHg