Bob’s Burgers’ Jon Benjamin Has Recorded An Entire Jazz Album Without Learning How To Play Piano

Jazz is one of music’s most divisive genres. To its fans, jazz can be a poetic, almost spiritual exploration of music’s possibilities. To its detractors, it’s a bunch of random doo-wops being played willy-nilly by some jerk with a saxophone who’s only pretending to know what they’re doing.

One of the reasons people feel so strongly about jazz is the perception that the genre is closed-off and elitist towards people who don’t “get it”. But a radical new album from American voice actor and comedian H Jon Benjamin could prove to be the thing that finally bridges that gulf. Benjamin’s debut album, Well, I Should Have…Learned How To Play Piano, is the crossover masterpiece the jazz world has been waiting for.

Recorded with three of American jazz’s most accomplished musicians on bass, drums and saxophone, the boldly experimental album features Benjamin, a self-described complete stranger to the world of jazz, on piano. Recorded at the legendary Soundtrack New York studios, Well, I Should Have… is a haunting, groundbreaking work of strange and melancholy genius.

“Jazz is the ocean … 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,” Benjamin says of the album.

“More to the point, I do not play piano and I made this jazz album. Some tell me, ‘Hey, Jon, tone it down’. Some even say, ‘Really, Jon?’ A few have said, ‘Get the fuck away from me or I’ll fucking punch you in the face’. 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.”

This is an incredible work of mastery on Jon's behalf. It's like an entire album of jazz "...Shreds" songs. The whole album is available on Spotify, I highly recommend it.

In all honesty though, for not playing piano at all, he's actually quite good.
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That sounds like a really bad idea and I will not be listening to it.
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lol this is great

It's pretty darn funny, just listen for the lulz
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Wasn't this posted here a couple months ago?
But yeah it's great lol

Gonna have to get that whole album.

I posted it but I didn't make a thread about it.
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This is great. Like anybody can make a five minute sketch about a guy a who's never played piano and doesn't like jazz making a jazz record and that's hilarious. But to go ahead and actually make that record and release is just a different level.
Favourite part is where Odean Pope asks him how often he practices, and in true H. Jon Benjamin style he's just like "ahhhhhhh"
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