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Watching The Well

by Jon Thorne

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Lost 02:46
Eicher 02:56
Tom 01:21
Victoria 03:14
Joanna 00:40


Watching The Well is a 12 part suite in 3 movements for double bass and orchestral ensemble, written by Jon as a feature for his mentor Danny Thompson.

The music references elements of ECM inspired European jazz, classical, contemporary electronica and folk, featuring soaring strings, harp, electric guitar loops and choirs to create a unique backdrop for Danny’s astonishing bass work.

Initially conceived as a performance piece it debuted as a sell out gig at the Manchester Jazz Festival in 2007. The concept developed into an album produced by Jon, and featuring, alongside Danny some of the most exciting musical voices on the contemporary UK scene, including award winning jazz saxophonist Gilad Atzmon, guitarist from the Cinematic Orchestra Stuart McCallum and one of the leading talents on the modern folk circuit, John Smith.

Jon Thorne is renowned as a passionate, energetic and highly skilled performer. His 20 year career as a double bassist has spanned a broad range of the musical spectrum. As bassist and composer in the acclaimed ground breaking trip hop/drum and bass band Lamb he recorded 4 albums, toured 32 countries in 5 continents and played at most of the worlds leading festivals. He has also recorded and performed with artists as diverse as Lamb, Jon Hopkins, Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, Donovon, Kathryn Williams, Robert Miles, James Yorkston, Trilok Gurtu and Robert Fripp.

Danny Thompson is a legendary English double bass player, highly regarded by both musicians and fans alike and at the top of his profession. Noted for his thunderously deep tone, his 52 year musical career has seen him play and record with a large variety of musicians including Richard Thompson, John Martyn, Nick Drake, Kate Bush and Pentangle. Danny received a Lifetime achievement award in the 2007 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

“Powerful stuff that magnifies with each repeated listen, one of the most heartfelt and moving albums of the year.” Jazzwise

"Rushes of clarity and rapture...exquisite" bbc.co.uk

“A grand, enchanting creation.” Uncut


released July 3, 2020

Double Bass - Danny Thompson
Electric Guitar - Stuart McCallum
Voice/Choir - Jojo Thorne
Piano - George King
Drums - Dave Walsh
Clarinet - Gilad Atzmon
Danny Norbury - Cello
Harp - Eleanor Hudson

Acoustic Guitar - John Smith
Acoustic Guitar - Pete Philipson
Acoustic Guitar - Jon Thorne
Acoustic Guitar - Kirk McElhinney

Violin - James Pattinson
Violin - Adam Robinson
Viola - Justin Lingard
Cello - Martin Couzin

Composed by Jon Thorne except

Hesse/Reprise - Jon Thorne/Stuart McCallum
Tom - Jon Thorne/George King
Joanna - Jon Thorne/John Smith

Produced by Jon Thorne
Recorded/Engineered by Jon Thorne/Dan Hope/Stuart McCallum/Gilad Atzmon/Pete Philipson

Recorded at Woodman's Studio, Romita/Ross Studio, Pollen Road and in the homes of Danny Thompson, Stuart McCallum, Eleanor Hudson and Gilad Atzmon

Mixed by Joe Adams at Treacle and Jon Thorne/Dan Hope.
Mastering - Ben Turner at Finesplice
Project Manager - Kerstan Mackness www.riotsquadpublicity.com

Photography - Emily Dennison


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Jon Thorne England, UK

Bass for

Jon Hopkins,
James Yorkston,
Robert Miles,
Kathryn Williams,
Liam Bailey,
Scott Matthews,
John Smith,
Jesca Hoop.

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