John Giblin

John Giblin is a British, and internationally renowned double bassist and bass guitarist, noted for his versatility spanning jazz, classical, rock, folk and avant-garde music.

While best known as a London studio musician, recording film scores and contemporary music, Giblin has also performed live, and recorded with Peter Gabriel, John Martyn, Elkie Brooks, Annie Lennox, Phil Collins, pop-rock group Simple Minds, and has been closely associated with artists, ranging from Kate Bush, David Sylvian, Jon Anderson (Yes), to experimental group Brand X, and more recently the avant-garde recordings by Scott Walker (including the album

In recent times Giblin has moved further in the direction of acoustic bass, and current projects include among the musicians, drummer Peter Erskine (of Weather Report), and pianist Alan Pasqua (of Tony Williams Lifetime).

Musical work and collaborations

  • Brand X (Product and Do They Hurt?)
  • Eric Clapton, Sting, Mark Knopfler, Phil Collins (Concert for Montserrat)
  • Peter Gabriel (Birdy and Peter Gabriel III)
  • David Sylvian
  • Chris de Burgh
  • Masami Tsuchiya (Mod’ Fish, Forest People)
  • Kate Bush (50 Words for Snow, Aerial, “Babooshka”, Never for Ever, The Sensual World, The Red Shoes, Before the Dawn tour)
  • Phil Collins songs including “In the Air Tonight” and “Can’t Hurry Love” (Face Value, Hello, I Must Be Going)
  • Scott Walker (Tilt)
  • Al Green
  • Duncan Browne
  • Joan Armatrading
  • John Lennon (“Grow Old with Me”)
  • Judie Tzuke
  • Annie Lennox (Contrabass on MTV Unplugged, including “Why”)
  • Roberta Flack
  • Paul McCartney (live at the Royal Albert Hall, London)
  • The Everly Brothers
  • George Martin
  • Gerry Rafferty
  • Mavis Staples
  • Simple Minds (Once Upon a Time; Live in the City of Light; Street Fighting Years)
  • Jon Anderson (Animation and Song of Seven)
  • Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
  • John Martyn including (Grace and Danger & The Church with One Bell)
  • Richard Ashcroft
  • Chris de Burgh
  • Franco Battiato
  • Saro Cosentino
  • Eros Ramazzotti
  • Claudio Baglioni
  • Manolo García
  • Fish (Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors)
  • Alan Parsons (On Air)
  • Elkie Brooks (Pearls 1)
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