Born in Epsom, Surrey in 1953 Paul Davies starts to teach himself guitar at the age of fourteen. Previous to this he had played the drums and had sung in the school choir. He listens to practically all the groups of that era, Cream, Taste, Ten Years After, Jimi Hendrix etc. At the age of sixteen he discovers jazz musicians such as Wes Montgomery, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Grant Green through listening to the American Forces Network radio. At the same time he also listens to Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, Bartok, Vaughan Williams as well as taking a keen interest in literature and art.
At leaving school for university his interests develop to include the cinema (Bunuel, Truffaut), the English jazz and free jazz scene (John Surman, John Maclaughlin, Alan Skidmore, Dave Holland, Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley) and contempory music (Stockhausen, Berio, Steve Reich). Starts experimenting with repetetive music using an acoustic guitar and a tape machine a la Terry Riley. Lecturer George Brown allows him to use the Goldsmiths College electronic music studio, of which he takes full advantage.
Leaves university for various jobs and in 1977 moves to Paris.
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2013 - Jazzman
2001 - Jazzman
1999 - Guitarist magazine (fr)
1999 - Jazzman
1996 - Jazz magazine
1996 - Guitarist magazine (fr)
1995 - Jazzman
1988 - Le monde de la musique