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English singer-pianist Jamie Cullum comes into view as an already heralded jazz-pop artist, signed to a million-pound contract and riding a CD that's already registered double platinum in the UK. The "jazz" label doesn't hang that comfortably on the 24-year-old Cullum--he's more in the mold of polished lounge swingers like Bobby Darin and Buddy Greco and has more in common with, say, Billy Joel (definitely a "New York State of Mind") than any traditional jazz artist you might mention. An ironist who covers both Cole Porter and Radiohead, he's aware of the contradictions that he embodies. Those contradictions drive the title track as Cullum's lyrics plumb "twentysomething" uncertainties ("Maybe move back home and pay off my loans/Working nine to five answering phones") while moving to a mock-primitive chanted riff that's pure '50s hip. What surprises most is Cullum's emotional and musical range, and the way he combines methods to create depth and complexity. "Blame it on My Youth" is delivered with the heartfelt delicacy of Chet Baker, while his reading of "The Wind Cries Mary" suggests that Jimi Hendrix might have just about invented smooth jazz. "I Could Have Danced All Night" explodes with playful energy and creativity, launched with scat singing over a rhythm pounded out on drums and piano wood. Cullum has energy and talent to burn, plus a postmodern knack for layering idioms that signals a welcome direction for jazz-pop. As "Lover, You Should've Come Over" attests, he can also project an emotional intensity that breaks through the clever arrangements. --Stuart Broomer
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This album is a tasty mix of excellent new material combined with classic tunes from the past to create a very interesting and enjoyable listening experience. Jamie handles all this different material with an original style that captures the listener's attention without wearing them out. Through brilliant innovation and a truly unique approach to his music, Jamie exposes the listener to a whole new landscape of musical textures, colors, and emotions that challenge and satisfy at the same time. All art forms need artists that are willing to take chances and explore new ground, and Jamie Cullum has set a course to take us listeners to uncharted musical territory. This is one CD you will be playing 30 years from now and it will be as fresh then as it is today.
If you enjoy listening to crooners and Big Band Swing, I would also suggest Monte Procopio "Swingin' With Style". His 13-piece band really swings and deserves a listen.
This album is a tasty mix of excellent new material combined with classic tunes from the past to create a very interesting and enjoyable listening experience. Jamie handles all this different material with an original style that captures the listener's attention without wearing them out. Through brilliant innovation and a truly unique approach to his music, Jamie exposes the listener to a whole new landscape of musical textures, colors, and emotions that challenge and satisfy at the same time. Since his "Pointless Nostalgic" album, it is obvious that Jamie has matured into a vital musical force that will be a major player in the world of jazz and pop for many years to come. I can't wait for his next release.
If you enjoy listening to crooners and Big Band Swing, I would also suggest Monte Procopio "Swingin' With Style" CD. His 13-piece band really swings and deserves a listen.
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This is a terrific collection of jazz vocals. A nice mix of old and new with smart lyric interpretation and polished vocals. Very enjoyable.Published on Nov. 3 2007 by Alvin J. Rebick
I have had this CD for at least 6 months now and it is still pretty much my favorite. I love Jamie's slightly gravely voice, I love his piano playing, I love the lyrics. Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2005 by T. P.
I wasn't really satisfied, to be honest. People seem to be attracted to the smooth jazz background and unique singing voice that Jamie has, but some of the selections... Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Amazon Customer
I heard "All at Sea" while on vacation on Long Island and instantly feel in-love with Jamie's voice. At first I thought it was a new Bruce Hornsby CD! Read morePublished on July 15 2004
I heard his song "All at Sea" on the radio and bought his CD to check out more of his work. Jamie Cullum is truly an amazing musician. Read morePublished on July 15 2004
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Jamie Cullum is quite a talented musician. His covers are less covers and more like total reinterpretations! Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by J. D. Sullivan
I first heard about Jamie Cullum on the TODAY SHOW when I saw him perform. I really liked the song "Twentysomething". I bought the CD and I loved it! Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by Old Navy Freak