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John Thorne and Danny Thompson: Watching the Well

Naim Label / John Thorne and Danny Thompson: Watching the Well

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Watching The Well is a 12-part suite in three movements for double bass and orchestral ensemble, written by Jon Thorne as a feature for and celebration of his mentor and friend Danny Thompson. The music draws on ECM inspired European jazz, classical, electronica and folk influences, featuring soaring strings, harp, electric guitar loops and choirs to create a unique backdrop for Thompson's rich and perceptive bass work. Thorne was initially inspired to take up the bass professionally after hearing Thompson's playing on Kate Bush's " Hounds of Love". An early meeting of the two shortly after proved propitious. Thompson's profound generosity of spirit and encouragement set the younger man on the path to a career in music. This album has been written both as an offering of thanks for a musical lifetime of inspiration and also to frame ... Further Details

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Watching The Well is a 12-part suite in three movements for double bass and orchestral ensemble, written by Jon Thorne as a feature for and celebration of his mentor and friend Danny Thompson. The music draws on ECM inspired European jazz, classical, electronica and folk influences, featuring soaring strings, harp, electric guitar loops and choirs to create a unique backdrop for Thompson's rich and perceptive bass work. Thorne was initially inspired to take up the bass professionally after hearing Thompson's playing on Kate Bush's " Hounds of Love". An early meeting of the two shortly after proved propitious. Thompson's profound generosity of spirit and encouragement set the younger man on the path to a career in music. This album has been written both as an offering of thanks for a musical lifetime of inspiration and also to frame Thompson's bass ‘Victoria' in a setting it has never been heard in before.

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

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