H. Jon Benjamin, beloved actor/comedian/voice actor has decided to try his hand at the jazz game. You know his voice from Home Movies, Archer and Bob’s Burgers and you’ve seen him in the likes of Wet Hot American Summer and 22 Jump Street. For some reason, he felt compelled to make a jazz record… even though he has no idea how to play piano… or any other instrument… and he even admits himself he isn’t that big of a jazz fan, either. Accompanied by a few professional jazz musicians, they dress up his indiscriminateÂ higher octave piano key hits the best they can. Do you call this comedy? Do you call this performance art? Maybe you can interpret this as a commentary on jazz itself if you wanted. If this is your cup of tea, or not, you have to give points to whoever designed the album cover. Watch the YouTube video below and see what you think of it. Cheers!
Jon Benjamin is a comedian, actor, & aspiring Jazz pianist recognized by many for his buttery vocal chords which have given depth and purpose to such characters as Bob from Bobâ€™s Burgers, Archer from Archer, and Coach McGuirk from Home Movies. Heâ€™s also been seen gracing the sets of the national comedy treasures that are Master of None & Wet Hot American Summer. The following is a couple words from Jon Benjamin on his recent foray into the music industry:
We all start from the same place and build from there, gathering references, structures, techniques, modes, nuances, etc. and, as artists, we strive to build some- thing purposeful. Well, I Should Haveâ€¦* is the culmination of hours (almost 3) of conception with the goal to bring something, in the tradition of the great vanguard jazz artists like Miles Davis, Roach, Mingus, Monk, et al, close to pure spontaneity. Jazz is the oceanâ€¦I am just one wave forming one curl, crashing once onto some remote beach somewhere in time. And that wave makes a small imperceptible change in the slope of the sand, upon which at some point in time a baby turtle will walk across, leaving his trail for just an instant, before the tide washes it clean. Thatâ€™s a pretty cool analogy. More to the point, I do not play piano and I made this jazz album. Some tell me, â€śHey, Jon, tone it down.â€ť Some even say, â€śReally, Jon?â€ť A few have said, â€śGet the fuck away from me or Iâ€™ll fucking punch you in the face.â€ť I know the risks in making this album. I know what it is like to do something that no one else would think to do. Most would call this reckless. I call it jazz. What you are about to experience is an aural auto da fe. I am the jazz daredevil.
â€“ Jon, New York City, July 2015
Well, I Should Haveâ€¦* was recorded and mixed by Mark Desimone at Soundtrack NY, except for â€śAmyâ€™s Song (The Bum Steer)â€ť, which was mixed by Loren Bouchard (Bobâ€™s Burgers, Home Movies). Jon is accompanied by Scott Kreitzer (saxophone), David Finck (bass), and Jonathan Peretz (drums). â€śDeal With the Devilâ€ť features Aziz Ansari and Kristen Schaal
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