Danny Thompson (Pentangle, Richard Thompson, Nick Drake)


The BBC has awarded him two lifetime achievement awards! In a single lifetime, Daniel Henry Edward Thompson is among the most eclectic and accomplished bassists in recorded music appearing on thousands of recordings spanning pop, to film soundtracks.

Thompson’s career as a sideman / collaborator reads akin to a who’s who of legendary artists: John Martyn, Richard Thompson, Nick Drake, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Donovan, Rod Stewart, Tim Buckley, Roy Orbison, and Alexis Korner to cite an extremely select few.

A founding member of British jazz-folk icons Pentangle, Thompson plies his craft on “Victoria” – an upright built in 1865, and “Alfie” a more recent instrument.

In addition to his high-profile career as a sideman and collaborator, Thompson has waxed several sides under his own name as a bandleader.  Thompson started his journey as a trombone player, and many of the elements of that instrument – from phrasing and note choices – are evident his bass artistry.

Danny Thompson Sound & Vision

With Richard Thompson “The Ghost of You Walks” https://youtu.be/eNPl5bI4wq0

With John Martyn “Couldn’t Love You More” https://youtu.be/_bi8uRmFKTY

With Pentagle “Willy O Winsbury” https://youtu.be/nwqP_yoszCE

With Nick Drake “Time Has Told Me” https://youtu.be/G8SmkwS82u4

Danny solo “Whatever” https://youtu.be/_UpbXowLFSo