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Mitchell Froom
Mitchell (* 1953) began his career as a keyboard player in Sonoma County, CA. The band Crossfire featured two keyboard players; Mitchell on one side of the stage and brother David on the other with Gary Pihl on guitar.
 
He produced the first three Crowded House albums, which led to more production jobs with Richard Thompson, Los Lobos, American Music Club, Suzanne Vega and Paul McCartney. One early notable work, Key of Cool, later became the soundtrack for the adult film, Café Flesh. In 1987 he produced and wrote incidental music for the L.A.-noir "Slam Dance".
 
Between 1992 and 2002 Froom formed a full-time partnership with engineer Tchad Blake. Production credits include albums from American Music Club, Stevie Ann, Tasmin Archer, The Bangles, Peter Case, The Corrs, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Crowded House, The Ditty Bops, Tim Finn, Missy Higgins, Indigo Girls, Los Lobos, Robin Gibb, Maria McKee, Pat McLaughlin, Randy Newman, Nerina Pallot, Pearl Jam, Phantom Planet, Bonnie Pink, Daniel Powter, Bonnie Raitt, Ron Sexsmith, The Del Fuegos, Richard Thompson, and Suzanne Vega. Froom and Blake joined with David Hidalgo and Louie Perez of Los Lobos to form the experimental roots collaboration Latin Playboys.
 
Froom has produced over 60 albums and has composed and produced music for numerous films. He has been nominated for several Grammys including for Record of the Year for La Bamba by Los Lobos (1988) and Producer of the Year in 1993 for both Kiko by Los Lobos and 99.9F° by Suzanne Vega. He was also nominated for the 1998 Golden Globe Award and the 1999 Grammy for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media for co-writing with Sheryl Crow the James Bond movie title song "Tomorrow Never Dies".
 
As a musician, Froom has released two solo albums, Dopamine (1998) and A Thousand Days (2005). The song "Noodletown" from "Dopamine" won an Emmy when it was used as the theme for PBS' Sessions at West 54th.
 
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Discography
Daring Adventures
Capitol CDP 7 48845 2
released 1986
Richard Thompson, guitar, vocals, mandolin, dulcimer
Mitchell Froom, keyboards
John Kirkpatrick, accordion, concertina
Chuck Fleming, fiddle
Brian Taylor, brass
Tony Goddard, brass
David Horn, brass
Ian Peters, brass
Philip Pickett, shawm, crumhorn, recorder
Jerry Scheff, bass guitar, double bass
Mickey Curry, drums
Jim Keltner, drums
Alex Acuña, percussion
Amnesia
Capitol CDP 7 48845 2
recorded 1988 in Los Angeles/USA and London/Great Britain
Richard Thompson, guitar, vocals, mandolin, hammer dulcimer
Fred Tackett, guitar
Frances Kelly, baroque harp
Mitchell Froom, portative organ, regal, Chamberlin, stereophonic Optigan, electric harp, organ
John Kirkpatrick, accordion, anglo-concertina, bass vocals
Philip Pickett, shawm, recorder, curtal, peking that, bass racket
Aly Bain, fiddle
Brian Taylor, cornet
Tony Goddard, cornet
David Horn, tenor horn
Ian Peters, euphonium
Alistair Anderson, northumbrian pipes
Danny Thompson, double bass
Jerry Scheff, bass guitar
Tony Levin, bass guitar, stick
Mickey Curry, drums
Jim Keltner, drums
Alex Acuña, percussion
Rumor And Sigh
Capitol 064 7 95713 1
recorded 1991 in Los Angeles/USA and London/Great Britain
Richard Thompson, guitar, vocals, mandolin, hurdy-gurdy
Mitchell Froom, keyboards
John Kirkpatrick, accordion, concertina
Phil Pickett, shawm, crumhorn, recorder
Simon Nicol, guitar
Aly Bain, fiddle
Jerry Scheff, bass guitar
Mickey Curry, drums
Jim Keltner, drums
Alex Acuña, percussion
Mirror Blue
Capitol 0777 7 81492 1 7
recorded January 1993 in Los Angeles/USA and London/Great Britain
Richard Thompson, guitar, vocals, mandolin
Mitchell Froom, keyboards
John Kirkpatrick, accordion, concertinas
Alistair Anderson, concertina, Northumbrian pipes
Tom McConville, fiddle
Martin Dunn, flute
Philip Pickett, shawms
Danny Thompson, bass
Jerry Scheff, bass
Pete Thomas, drums, percussion
You? Me? Us?
Capitol CDP 7243 8 33704 2 9
recorded in Los Angeles/USA
Richard Thompson, guitar, vocals, mandolin, hurdy-gurdy
Mitchell Froom, keyboards
Tchad Blake, guitar
Simon Nicol, guitar
Sid Page, violin
Suzie Katayama, cello
Danny Thompson, double bass
Jerry Scheff, bass guitar
Pete Thomas, drums
Jim Keltner, drums
Mock Tudor
Capitol CDP 7243 4 98860 2 5
recorded November 1998 in Los Angeles/USA and London/Great Britain
Richard Thompson, guitar, vocals, mandolin, harmonium, hurdy-gurdy, dulcimer
Mitchell Froom, keyboards
Atom Ellis, bass
Jeff Turmes, baritone sax
Charles Davis, cornet
Leslie Benedict, trombone
Randall Aldcroft, trombone
Larry Hall, cornet
Teddy Thompson, guitar
David McKelsy, harmonica
Lovely Previn, violin
Danny Thompson, bass
Dave Mattacks, drums, percussion
Joey Waronker, drums
John Bergamot, percussion
The Works
Bad Dog Records BDR 60808
recorded February 2008 in New York, NY/USA
Jonatha Brooke, guitar, piano
Eric Bazilian, guitar, vocals
Hiram Bullock, guitar
Greg Leisz, guitar
Derek Trucks, guitar
Mitchell Froom, Hammond organ
Joe Sample, Hammond organ, piano
Gil Goldstein, accordion
Christian McBride, bass
Steve Gadd, drums

 
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