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. 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.
‘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.