Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra – The Capitol Studio Sessions

While Jeff Goldblum is free to coast on his unique charm, he might want to consider focusing on something other than his lounge act

Album Review by Sacha Kingston-Wayne | 09 Nov 2018
  • Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra – The Capitol Studio Sessions
Album title: The Capitol Studio Sessions
Artist: Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra
Label: DECCA
Release date: 9 Nov

At this point in his career, Jeff Goldblum can pretty much do what he wants. He’s aged with more dignity than almost any other actor of his time, due in part to his seemingly unchanging face. Instead of trying to recreate the massive success he achieved with roles in Jurassic Park and The Fly, Goldblum has stayed in the zeitgeist by staying true to himself and his own self-assured, sometimes bizarre nature. He’s chosen to spend his time on projects such as the recently concluded TV sketch comedy Portlandia, baffling collaborations with Tim & Eric, and, now, a light jazz album with The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra: The Capitol Studio Sessions.

While there’s fun to be had in just about anything Goldblum is a part of, it’s easy to wish that his most recent musical venture could have been a little more engaging. Being present at the live recording of The Capitol Studio Sessions was likely a great experience, but the album which came of it is pleasant at best and insipid at worst. Goldblum doesn’t bring nearly enough of his own unique persona to the performance; his band is competent without making any particularly interesting choices, and the only memorable moment comes from Sarah Silverman’s affable guest appearance.

Despite being inessential listening, The Capitol Studio Sessions could be the ideal gift for your relative who loves The Big Chill, as well as SiriusXM’s Real Jazz station. While Goldblum is free to coast on his unique charm, he might want to consider focusing on something other than his lounge act.

Listen to: My Baby Just Cares for Me, Jeff Introduces Sarah Silverman, Me and My Shadow

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