Larry Klein is a multiple Grammy winning, American record producer, musician/songwriter/label executive whose most recent productions include Madeleine Peyroux’s 2013 release, Blue Room, Ana Moura’s 2012 album, Desfado, Curtis Stiger’s 2012 album Let’s Go Out Tonight, Ana Bergendahl’s 2012 album, Something To Believe In, The Gypsy Queen’s 2012 self-titled release, Luciana Souza’s 2012 Grammy nominated albums, Duos III and The Book of Chet, Daphne’s 2011 album, Bleu Venise, Herbie Hanc*ck’s 2010 Grammy winning album, The Imagine Project, and Raul Midon’s 2010 album, Synthesis, among others. In 2009 Klein produced Melody Gardot’s Grammy nominated album My One and Only Thrill. In 2008, Klein produced the Grammy nominated Tracy Chapman album Our Bright Future.
Klein also oversees his own imprint through Decca/Universal, the label Strange Cargo. Among Strange Cargo/Decca’s recent releases are the 2011 Thomas Dybdahl compilation Songs, Rebecca Pidgeon’s 2012 album Slingshot, which Klein co-wrote and produced, and Adam Cohen’s 2012 album, Like A Man, produced by Patrick Leonard.
Throughout his career, Klein has been recognized as an award winning producer and collaborator, working with artists such as Herbie Hanc*ck, Tracy Chapman, Madeleine Peroux, Walter Becker, Luciana Souza, Melody Gardot, Pink, Seal, Joni Mitchell, Robbie Robertson, Bob Dylan, Don Henley, Warren Zevon, Celine Dion, and his Grammy winning production effort on the 2007 Album Of The Year, and Best Contemporary Jazz Album Of The Year, River: The Joni Letters, featuring vocals from stars such as Norah Jones, Joni Mitchell herself, Tina Turner, Luciana Souza, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Leonard Cohen.
Klein is currently producing albums for a diverse array of artists, including Canadian artist Florence K., Norwegian artist Thomas Dybdahl, and French singer/actor icon Eddy Mitchell, among others.
Klein is also currently working with award winning pianist and composer Billy Childs on re-contextualizing multiple songs of legendary singer/songwriter Laura Nyro for an album that will also feature celebrated guest vocalists and other artists, to be released by Sony Masterworks in 2014.
Also recognized as one of the premier bass players/musicians in the world, Klein has performed on most of his production efforts. Klein has also worked as a composer, music producer, and musician on many films. He composed the underscore and produced the music for the Martin Scorsese produced, Allison Anders film “Grace Of My Heart”, and a biopic about the infamous country session guitarist Hank Garland in a film entitled “Crazy”. He has played on numerous scores and film soundtracks, beginning with Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” in 1980.
Early Musical Career
Klein grew up in southern California, and it was an after-school musical program at The Community Schools at U.S.C. that enabled him to hone his playing and compositional skills with university professors while still in high school. He worked in with various Jazz and Latin groups while still a college student at Cal State L.A, early breaks that led to nearly five years of touring with Hall of Fame caliber groundbreakers like Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Willie Bobo among others. Klein began to garner the reputation of a musical prodigy, with legendary Stanley Clarke later citing him in an interview as one of the handful of great bass players who have 'moved beyond the bass.' Klein appeared on a wide assortment of records in the mid-70’s and early 80’s, displaying a tremendous range, working with diverse artists such as Dianne Reeves, Bobby McFerrin, Robbie Robertson, and Neil Diamond. It was Klein’s work with Robertson that led to his other collaborations with a host of goundbreaking rock musicians such as Don Henley (Building The Perfect Beast, The End Of The Innocence), Bob Dylan (Down In The Groove), Bryan Adams (Waking Up The Neighbors), Joni Mitchell (Grammy winning Turbulent Indigo, among others), as well as Tracy Chapman, Peter Gabriel, Randy Newman and Warren Zevon.
Joni Mitchell And ‘Rock’ Influence
Klein’s celebrated collaboration in and out of the studio with singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell became the cornerstone of his early collaborative period. The two became romantically linked during the making of 1982’s Wild Things Run Fast, becoming husband and wife the same year. The duo forged an intense creative relationship that would endure for more than a decade, and include such monumental albums as their first joint production, 1985’s Dog Eat Dog, and their Grammy winning swan song, 1994’s Turbulent Indigo.
Klein’s impeccable collaborative credentials and revered bass playing skills also saw him ‘sit in’ on some of the biggest albums of the late ‘80s rock era: Don Henley’s Building the Perfect Beast (1984) featuring his work on the classic single “Boys of Summer”, Henley’s “The End Of The Innocence”, Peter Gabriel’s So (1986), and Tracy Chapman’s self-titled debut album with the smash hit “Fast Car” (1988). He toured with Gabriel on the first Amnesty International “Conspiracy Of Hope” tour.
Production Era and Activities
In 1985, Klein knocked off his first solo production credit with Cars bassist Benjamin Orr’s The Lace. In 1988, Joni Mitchell released the Klein-produced Chalk Mark In A Rainstorm.
An enlightening session with producer John Robert “Mutt” Lange during work on Bryan Adams’ 1991 release Waking Up The Neighbors, became another transformational production encounter. Klein’s reputation as a songwriter grew, and he scored several memorable co-writing ventures for talents such as Bonnie Raiit - “The Fundamental Things,” and Warren Zevon – “Genius.” Klein collaborated with the great Warren Zevon on some of his later work, playing bass on songs such as “Mutineer” and co-writing songs on the classic My Ride’s Here (2002).
In the 1990s, Klein began to be recognized as an astute producer of female singer/songwriters, working with critically acclaimed female trailblazers such as Mary Black, (Shine 1997,) and Shawn Colvin (Fat City 1994), Julia Fordham (Concrete Love 2002 and That’s Life 2004) and Madeleine Peyroux (Careless Love, 2004, which made Newsweek magazine’s Year-end Top 10 List).
Klein also reunited in the studio with Joni Mitchell in 2000, with the duo releasing Both Sides Now, a textured re-working of eight great standards and two pieces of Mitchell’s work for full orchestra. A subsequent double CD titled, Travelogue, was released in 2004.
In 2007, Klein produced gifted Brazilian singer Luciana Souza’s The New Bossa Nova. The two artists married in 2006 and have one son, Noah. In addition to working with the award winning Souza on two Grammy nominated albums in 2012, he has also produced Melody Gardot's Grammy nominated 2009 album My One and only Thrill, and Herbie Hanc*ck's The Imagine Project (2010), which was nominated for three Grammys, and won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals..
Date of Birth
Music producer, songwriter and bass guitar player