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Watch H. Jon Benjamin Record a Whole Jazz Album on the Piano Even Though He Can’t Play the Piano

H. Jon Benjamin is a man of many talents—comedy, voice acting, and … jazz? The voice of Bob from Bob’s Burgers and Archer might not be a devoted fan of the genre, or know how to play piano, but that didn’t stop him from dedicating three hours to learning the craft and making his own album. This Friday, fans of jazz (or more likely Benjamin) can purchase Well, I Should Have…, Benjamin’s first jazz LP. (One track was even mixed by Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard.) We’ll let the artist himself explain:

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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.

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