JEFF GOLDBLUM & THE MILDRED SNITZER ORCHESTRA UNVEIL NEW SINGLE “LAZY AFTERNOON” FT. FREDA PAYNE
AHEAD OF FORTHCOMING EP PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS
RELEASED MARCH 24TH ON DECCA RECORDS/UNIVERSAL MUSIC CANADA
INCLUDING DAZZLING COLLABORATIONS KELLY CLARKSON & MORE…
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10 MARCH 2023 (TORONTO, ON) – Today, Jeff Goldblum reveals his brand new single "Lazy Afternoon" featuring the legendary singer & actress Freda Payne. The release is following the exciting announcement of his brand new EP Plays Well With Others, out on 24th March on Decca Records/Universal Music Canada. Jeff is joined by his long-time band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra on the new EP, which hosts an impressive list of collaborators alongside Freda Payne, such as Kelly Clarkson, Mattiel Brown and Rodrigo Amarante.
Goldblum, with his inimitable style, provides a suitably laid back piano accompaniment to the remarkable voice of Freda Payne on this new version of "Lazy Afternoon". This arrangement brings the forthcoming EP to a close beautifully, with all the haziness we hear about in the song. It is not the first time Freda performs with Jeff and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, having joined them on stage previously, so this collaboration is entirely fitting for the new single.
Listen to "Lazy Afternoon" ft Freda Payne HERE
Plays Well With Others delivers sheer joy with Goldblum’s idiosyncratic take on a collection of standards that, for him, are amongst the best songs ever written. Here, the actor yet again brings his on-screen charisma and eccentricities to the keys, with a groove that is totally unique. With all tracks newly arranged by The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra themselves, Jeff is, as the EP title suggests, joined by an array of talented, and unexpected, guest singers, all as thrilled to be accompanied by Jeff as he is to accompany them.
On "Moon River", the first single from the EP, Jeff was joined by vocalist Mattiel Brown of the indie-rock duo, Mattiel. This unusual collaboration in fact comes as no surprise, with the small clue of Brown’s own band’s song, "Jeff Goldblum". The band, Mattiel, has also been known to have Jeff’s face projected onto the stage at gigs. Listen to "Moon River" HERE.
This offering set the bar high, but the rest of the EP does not disappoint, as our star accompanist is also joined by multi-million-selling and award-winning singer Kelly Clarkson for Cole Porter’s 1930s classic, "Don’t Fence Me In". This should also come as no surprise as Jeff actually put the idea to Kelly on camera, as a guest on her TV show.
Finally, Brazilian singer-songwriter Rodrigo Amarante who, having been admired by Jeff and the band from afar, joins them for the laid back 1962 song "I Wanna Be Around".
In between numbers from the starring vocalists, Jeff and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra look after things with a couple of instrumental tracks. To open the record, Jeff greets us with an effortless and inviting piano intro to the swinging sax-led tune, "A Baptist Beat" (by Hank Mobley) released last week. The listener is later treated to a lilting bossa nova version of the 1950s song "In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning", serving as a half-way point in the EP, and showcasing yet more dazzling solo moments from this brilliant band, with Goldblum bringing everyone together, in the way only he can.
Jeff Goldblum Play Well with Others is out on 24th March Via Decca Records/Universal Music Canada, available to pre-order HERE
PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS TRACKLIST:
- A Baptist Beat (Instr.)
- Don’t’ Fence Me In / Strollin’ – Featuring Kelly Clarkson
- Moon River – Featuring Mattiel Brown
- In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning (Instr.)
- I Wanna Be Around – Featuring Rodrigo Amarante
- Lazy Afternoon – Featuring Freda Payne
All tracks arranged by Joe Bagg/Alex Frank/John Storie
Piano: Jeff Goldblum
Organ: Joe Bagg
Bass: Alex Frank
Guitar: John Storie
Drums: Kenneth Elliott
Saxophone/Flute: James King
Saxophone: Scott Gilman
Recorded at The Hobby Shop Studios, Los Angeles CA, United States, in 2022
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