Hollywood icon Jeff Goldblum, along with his long-time band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, celebrate hitting the top spot of the UK Official Jazz & Blues Albums Chart with their debut LP, The Capitol Studios Sessions, which was released on November 9.
On hearing the news of his No.1 record Goldblum comments, “Excelsior!! I’m happy as a clam.”
Goldblum has been playing the piano all his life and performing with his jazz band for the past 30 years, but it was only when he accompanied soul-jazz star Gregory Porter on BBC’s Graham Norton Show last year that the actor’s distinctive style and natural feel for the piano caught the attention of Decca record executives, who suggested he make an album.
Tom Lewis, Director of A&R for Decca says, “It has been so exciting reading people’s comments on social media as they discover Jeff’s brilliant, life-affirming album. This record immediately brings a smile to your face, and there are lots of people who need that right now. For a start we’ve decided to bike a complimentary copy over to No.10!”
The Capitol Studios Sessions is the realization of this idea: jazz and standards presented in a manner that dares to be high-spirited and to make you feel good. Along with Irish superstar Imelda May, American singer Hayley Reinhart and comedian Sarah Silverman on guest vocals, Goldblum and his band deliver the feel and the swing, and they make it fun, funny, and familiar. Those are words not often associated with jazz, though they still can be, and today with this No.1 album, we are reminded of that.