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About Jon Thorne

Jon Thorne has grown a highly respected reputation for his innovative approach and style on the double bass. He took an instrument that is typically rooted in a more contemporary and classical genre of music and interpreted it into Lamb's experimental electronic sound with great success.

Having started his musical career quite late, only picking up and teaching himself the bass at the age of 23, Thorne quickly progressed and made up for lost time by developing his skills and learning more as he gigged. He is now renowned as a passionate, energetic and highly skilled performer and his career as a double bassist and composer has spanned a broad range of the musical spectrum.

As double bassist in the acclaimed groundbreaking electronica band Lamb, he has virtually pioneered the use of live double bass playing in electronic music. Since the group's debut in 1996 he has recorded on five of their albums, toured thirty five countries in five continents and played at most of the world's leading festivals including Coachella, Roskilde, Werchter, Glastonbury, Montreux Jazz, North Sea Jazz and NYC Central Park SummerStage.

He has also recorded, performed and appeared on albums alongside artists as diverse as Robert Miles, Trilok Gurtu, Robert Fripp, Donovon, Gilad Atzmon, John Smith, Lou Rhodes, James Yorkston, Love Amongst Ruin, King Creosote, Sam Carter, Amos Lee, The Memory Band, Mr Scruff, The Accidental, Jesca Hoop and Martha Tilston.

Besides his influential contribution to Lamb, he also leads the ensemble 'Oedipus Mingus', an octet that performs original arrangements of the music of Charles Mingus, an American jazz extraodinaire known for his sublime arrangements.

His debut album 'Manchester Road' was released through SAM LTD/EGEA records in 2006 and consisted of 12 original jazz compositions with pianist Steve Brown and drummer Luke Flowers. In 2010, he followed up on 'Manchester Road' by writing, recording and producing his second album 'Watching the Well' on the Naim label; an album which went on to receive strong critical acclaim. This album was both written for and featuring his mentor, the legendary British bassist Danny Thompson.

Thorne has been very happy with his hard-hitting TC Electronic setup consisting of the BH500 and RS410. During our TonePrint session together he did get to test-drive the powerful RH750 head, about which he jokingly said 'you could do some serious damage to somebody, if you really wanted to.'

Following our TonePrint session, we are proud to hear that Thorne intends to use his creations and the TonePrint enabled pedals, in particular the Corona Chorus, as a part of his primary sound, all the time, from now on.

TonePrints by Jon Thorne

Videos with Jon Thorne

Jon Thorne's Joanna TonePrint for Corona Chorus

Jon Thorne's Molly TonePrint for Hall of Fame Reverb

Jon Thorne's Tom TonePrint for Vortex Flanger