By Trevor Campbell
Decca records / Universal Music Canada
It’s Christmas and you’re thinking, ‘Is Jeff Goldblum so cool he can me laid?’ Somehow, Urkel, you’ve got someone special back to your place and you’re now completely out of your depth. Relax Screech, Jeff’s got you back. In fact, superstar, all you need is his debut jazz album The Capitol Studio Sessions to act as your wingman. Yes, Poindexter, Goldblums’ THAT cool.
First of all, Rostenkowski, putting this record on will show you know your shit. The strictly old school jazz is prodigious, Goldblums’ an accomplished pianist and his band superlative. The album is also chock-full of guest stars. Trumpet master Till Bronner sizzles throughout and vocalists Haley Reinhart and Imelda May both crush it.
Secondly, Spock, it’s recorded live and feels like an intimate living room performance just for you and your date. Goldblum, with his band, has been performing live in L.A. since the ‘90s and this captures a recent performance. Thanks Jeff, old buddy. We’d love another song.
Sure, the music is marvelous, but what about conversation, you ask? Don’t worry, Velma, Jeff’s thought of everything. While a lot of the live show banter has been cut to make room for actual music there is a perfect amount of that Goldblum quirkiness to satisfy. His banter with Reinhart on “My Baby Just Cares for Me” is hysterical and his duet with comedian Sarah Silverman on “Me and My Shadow” is pure gold, lots to laugh and talk about. As well, that all happens early in the album so as it goes along it’s more about the music so you can get back to your martini’s and…
Hofstadter, you did make martinis, right?
Does Jeff have to do everything? This album almost does. You’re welcome.Decca records, Jeff Goldblum, Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, The Capitol Studio Sessions, Universal Music Canada