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Jeff Goldblum: Not a Hollywood Square

The screen star is passionate about jazz piano, as a new album shows

Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum (photo: Pari Dukovic)

Talking with Jeff Goldblum is one rare instance in which it’s comforting to learn that a Hollywood reputation holds true. Well, nearly true. Reached by phone this past fall, Goldblum, 66, is less delightfully quirky than he is enthusiastic without affectation—especially about his new Decca release, The Capitol Studios Sessions, an outgrowth of his semiregular gig at the L.A. venue Rockwell Table & Stage.

There, Goldblum leads a small group of aces from the piano, swinging agreeably on meat-and-potatoes repertoire, bringing in special guests, and charming the curiosity-seeking crowd. The album, recorded in front of a studio audience and produced by Larry Klein, is an effective advertisement for that Wednesday-night engagement. Throughout the hour-long program of jazz and trad-pop standards, Goldblum quips and comps, mostly letting featured players like trumpeter Till Brönner and a trio of singers bask in the spotlight. Haley Reinhart and Imelda May do expectedly terrific vocal work, but it’s comedian Sarah Silverman, duetting with Goldblum on “Me and My Shadow,” who steals the show.

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