Top Jazz Artist in America Today? Jeff Goldblum22.11.2018
The Capitol Studio Sessions, the popular actor’s debut release recorded with the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, has just arrived at No. 1 of the Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums charts.
In a way, The Capitol Studio Sessions can be considered a “best of” of the jazz universe. The LP, recorded live with Goldblum as band leader, will feature original takes on popular jazz standards, including Herbie Hancock’s Cantaloupe Island, Nina Simone’s I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel to Be Free), and Nat King Cole’s Straighten Up and Fly Right.
Known mostly for his on- and off-screen antics, Jeff Goldblum seems to feel right at home as band leader. In footage captured during live performances and on the recording itself, we see and hear him telling anecdotes to the audience and fellow band members and crack jokes left and right. The recording also features performances by acclaimed jazz trumpeter Till Bronner, singers Imelda May and Haley Reinhardt, as well as actress and comedienne Sarah Silverman.
Although the record is a debut for the internationally acclaimed actor, renowned for his performances in The Fly, Jurassic Park, and The Mountain, Goldblum began playing in jazz clubs across of Los Angeles already in the early 1990s.
“As far as I can tell, everyone loves Jeff Goldblum. (…) He’s a fantastic jazz pianist, a great band leader and just about the loveliest man in the world. His love of jazz is infectious and whenever he plays he makes you feel very happy.If we can take Jeff’s music into people’s homes then we will be helping, in our own small way, to make the world a happier place,” wrote Tom Lewis, Director of A&R at Decca, in a statement released just after signing the artist last May.
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