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Since then, Buckingham has made a living through his original music and session work, playing with everyone from Prince to Lionel Richie to Herbie Hancock.
Perhaps his best-known performance came in the realm of comedy, in Anchorman, for the scene which, as he notes, has become synonymous with the phrase "jazz flute."
"It was just another recording session. I'm not going to lie -- it's been a great calling card"
Lately, his focus is on his own songs. Buckingham's group, Katisse -- which includes him and other hand-picked musicians -- has released two albums, the most recent this year.
His solo work is an amalgamation of jazz, rap, hip hop, Latin, and world music, "an unfiltered conglomeration of all the styles that I love."
Although Buckingham isn't slated for a flute scene in the upcoming Anchorman sequel, he will always be, for our money, the greatest jazz flutist under the sun.