H. Jon Benjamin, Voice Behind 'Bob's Burgers' & 'Archer,' Is Releasing a Jazz Album

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Jon Benjamin poses for a portrait at the Winter 2014 TCA's on January 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif. 

H. Jon Benjamin is a comedian of many genres. He’s the voice behind Bob’s Burgers and Archer, made appearances in TV/film, and now he’s about to release a jazz record titled Well, I Should Have…*(learned to play piano).

Jazz virtuoso? Maybe not. In mini-documentary Jon Benjamin: Jazz Daredevil, Benjamin explains, “I don’t play piano at all and I’m not a huge fan of jazz, never was. That’s why I thought it would be funny to make a jazz album.” The album you could say is experimental, it was definitely born out of completely amateur improvisations -- the album was recorded the same day as the documentary (featured below). The album also features Master of None co-star Aziz Ansari and Bob's Burgers co-star Kristen Schaal as well as actual professionally-trained jazz musicians. 

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Well, I Should Have…* is the culmination of hours (almost 3) of conception with the goal to bring something, in the tradition of the great vanguard jazz artists like Miles Davis, Roach, Mingus, Monk, et al, close to pure spontaneity. 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. That’s a pretty cool analogy.”

Well, I Should Have… is available Nov. 27 via Sub Pop. Watch the mini-documentary below. 


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