Jon Benjamin wants to help you ring in the holiday season with the smooth, sweet sounds of jazz. The A.V. Club reports that this Friday, November 27th, Benjamin will release his very own, “intentionally bad” jazz LP (mixed by Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard, no less) Well, I Should Have… through Sub Pop. Here’s a note from Benjamin about the project:
We all start from the same place and build from there, gathering references, structures, techniques, modes, nuances, etc. and, as artists, we strive to build some- thing purposeful. 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. 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. What you are about to experience is an aural auto da fe. I am the jazz daredevil.
Check out a clip of Benjamin attempting to become the next jazz master below, then pre-order a copy of the LP over at Sub Pop’s website.