I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This by Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra
In order to be a successful Hollywood actor you must have some belief in your talents.
The problem is that sometimes this belief turns into misguided overconfidence. Many award-winning actors, such as Robert Downey Jr., Bruce Willis and Russell Crowe, have had an attempt at crossing over into the music scene, some with a little more success than others.
However, for Jeff Goldblum, music is a genuine love of his. The actor, who has starred in some of the highest-grossing films of his era, such as Jurassic Park and Independence Day, as well as their respective sequels, has played the piano for over 30 years and has often declared that had he not gone into acting, he would have become a professional musician.
In 2018, Goldblum had the chance to finally realise this dream, as he was able to showcase his talent as a jazz pianist in his debut album, The Capitol Studios Sessions. The record also featured Goldblum’s jazz ensemble, the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, whom he has played lounge gigs with throughout his career, as well as guest performers including American actress and comedian Sarah Silverman; Irish singer-songwriter Imelda May; American Idol star Haley Reinhart; and jazz musician Till Brönner.
And now, following his live set at Glastonbury 2019, which was hailed as one of the festival’s most iconic moments of the summer, Goldblum, together with the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, has released his sophomore album, I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This.
Released on Decca Records, the album again features an impressive array of surprising duet guests.
With 2018’s debut – which was met with glowing reviews and landed the Hollywood icon a number one jazz album in both the UK and US – Goldblum was described in The Times as performing an important service by “reminding us that jazz should be allowed to be fun”.
With this new release, Goldblum yet again brings his on-screen charisma and eccentricities to the piano, with a style that is totally unique.
And this time, we are treated not only to his piano-playing skills but to his incredibly distinctive voice, as the man himself takes centre stage to sing Little Man, You’ve Had A Busy Day. First released on Decca in 1934, it is particularly poignant coming from the father of two young sons.
But before his closing lullaby, Goldblum has assembled an extraordinary gang of vocalists from all walks of musical life, some of whom reveal their jazz voices for the very first time. Following the triumphant Glastonbury performance, acclaimed singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten stars on the first single, Irving Berlin’s classic number Let’s Face The Music and Dance. Also joining Goldblum is Brit Award and Mercury Prize nominee Anna Calvi, for a mash-up of Wes Montgomery’s Four on Six and Marianne Faithful’s Broken English.
The 1954 Frank Sinatra hit Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me features Grammy Award-winning Fiona Apple, Sonny & Cher favourite The Beat Goes On is sung by American singer-songwriter Inara George, and the 1939 hit If I Knew Then is recorded with one of LA’s most in-demand jazz singers, Gina Saputo.
Goldblum is also joined by two chart-topping star guests in the form of American singer-actress Miley Cyrus, who performs on a mash-up of BB King’s The Thrill Is Gone and John Lewis’ Django, and jazz and soul sensation Gregory Porter, who contributes his dulcet tones to the popular 1960s number Make Someone Happy.
In between the variety of world-class vocalists, instrumental tracks such as Herbie Hancock’s Driftin’ and Lalo Schifrin’s The Cat show off the band’s dazzling jazz licks.
Tom Lewis, vice president of Decca Records, branded the talented actor-musician “the Pied Piper of Jazz”.
“He has lured an incredible array of indie, soul and pop kids away from their existing musical homes and led them towards his magical world of jazz,” he said. “The album is full of sass, cool, swing and vim. We’re so lucky to have Jeff Goldblum in our musical lives.”
The album cover image was shot at Frank Sinatra’s house and shows Goldblum playing the white baby-grand on a floating stage in the middle of the piano shaped swimming pool.
Recorded in the heart of Hollywood, at Henson Recording Studios (home to records from Herb Alpert, John Lennon, The Carpenters, Joni Mitchell and Carole King), with I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This, Jeff Goldblum and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra again deliver the feel and the swing like no-one else.
I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This by Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra is out now on Decca Records.