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  • Summary: Recorded live in studio with an audience, the debut full-length release for the actor/jazz pianist with his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra and features guest appearances from Till Bronner, Imelda May, Haley Reinhart, and Sarah Silverman.
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  1. Nov 8, 2018
    This is a magnificent and engaging record from one of our most beloved actors that both jazz aficiandos and neophytes should come to adore.
  2. Uncut
    Nov 8, 2018
    Goldblum knows his limitations and never sounds out of his depth. ... Good stuff. [Dec 2018, p.25]
  3. Nov 29, 2018
    One of the many impressive aspects of the Capitol Studio Sessions is just how balanced Goldblum's skills are as he deftly moves his audience from perky vocal standards to swinging instrumental numbers--each transition aided, of course, with some very charming stage banter.
  4. 60
    Bar an impressive freakout on “I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel to Be Free)”, his piano playing rarely warrants centre stage. But his character--a kind of suave jazz-bar lech--is the heart of the show. ... As cash-in celebrity Christmas covers albums go, Goldblum’s has a lot of spark, and even a little soul.
  5. Q Magazine
    Nov 20, 2018
    Cantaloupe Island, for instance, hit the target, even if it's no match for the Herbie Hancock original. But with more cabaret material such as Me And My Shadow's louche duet with Sarah Silverman, you really wish you'd been there first time around. [Jan 2019, p.109]
  6. Mojo
    Nov 8, 2018
    Though humour abounds, there's also some serious musicianship on display, both from the mercurial Goldblum and his excellent band. [Dec 2018, p.90]
  7. Nov 9, 2018
    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.

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