He has worked with Wilson Pickett, who chose him to be his musical director. He has also worked in the same capacity for Luther Vandross for over a decade. He has also worked with high-profile musicians including Stevie Wonder, Bob James, Grover Washington, Jr., Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones and Teddy Pendergrass.
Powell's debut album, Love Is Where It's At (1987), received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Instrumental for his cover of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On". His credits include work on the music for the feature films The Five Heartbeats and Down and Out in Beverly Hills.
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Record label|
|1987||Love Is Where It's At||—||—||—||Mercury|
|1992||The Doctor||—||—||—||Vacuum Tube Log|
|1996||Inner City Blues||—||—||—||Discovery|
|1997||Don't Let the Smooth Jazz Fool Ya||—||14||9||Discovery|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|