Jamie Cullum - The Pursuit

2009-12-28 11:10
The Pursuit

Even though he has ventured into the realms of pop here, that cute 'n quirky cocktail jazz bar sound he showcased on Twentysomething (2003) is so distinctive throughout this versatile collection of soulful jazz originals, occasional standards and extreme contemporary pop makeovers.

His breezy interpretation of Cole Porter's "Just One of those Things" is a great jazzy upbeat opener. On "Love Ain’t Gonna Let You Down" he sounds so romantic you can't help but fall in love with it.

He also wears his love for John Mayer and Chris Martin of Coldplay really well. "Wheels" is a piano ballad cut from the same emotive cloth as Coldplay's "Clocks", something many jazz initiates will no doubt appreciate. There's also more than a hint of the soulfulness of Mayer's "Gravity" simmering beneath Jamie's "If I Ruled the World".

But ultimately, it's his slick, chic jazzy makeover of Barbadian booty babe Rihanna's smash hit "Don't Stop The Music" that will leave you in awe.

If he's making such astounding music at 30-something, who knows how great he’ll be when he hits his 40s.

Watch "Don't Stop the Music" video:

Forget the suave Vegas crooner Michael Bublé or the Italian romantic stallion serenades of Il Divo. British pop jazz balladeer Jamie Cullum is as playful as his hairdo and as fun as his swagger.

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