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.