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The Pursuit (US Version)

March 2, 2010 | Format: MP3

$5.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 2, 2010
  • Release Date: March 2, 2010
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 Decca, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited
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  • Total Length: 1:03:20
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  • ASIN: B003AC4SNA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,582 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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He has a tremendous talent, no one can have doubts about that.

He was catapulted into spotlight after his 2003 debut "Twentysomething" marked him out as the poster child for the new age of Jazz. His second album received a much more muted response - behind the scenes he's been busy toiling away.

According to some critics, he "has released a string of increasingly poppy Jazz-influenced records. The Pursuit is a richer, more rounded creation. It reveals the influences of a man who is as at home making four-to-the-floor club tracks with his brother as knocking out jazz standards" - Rob Potter

In his latest release, "The Pursuit", a new-found confidence is clearly evident and fans will notice a slight veer away from the jazz sound he is famous for as he visits other genres.

The Cole Porter cover version that starts this album ("Just One Of Those Things" - recorded with the Count Basie orchestra at Tony Bennett's studio) may make you think that this jazz talent is in danger of playing it all a bit too predictable, but he soon shakes things up.

Later, the single "If I Ruled The World, a song memorably tackled by Tony Bennett and by the incomparable Regina Belle on her latest album Lazy Afternoon, becomes entirely Cullum's own.

In fact the track sounds sombre and almost funerary, and recalls Portishead, while "Music Is Through" has a house beat and "We Run Things" is just boldly experimental.

Some other tracks to look out for are the beautiful "Love Aint't Gonna Let You Down", and "Mixtape", featuring none other that the dulcet tones of Sophie Dahl as part of the backing vocal.
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Jamie Cullum is not necessarily mainstream and definitely a huge find if you come across his music. What a talent. If you ever want to find someone who was made to play, write and perform music from their soul it is this guy. TWENTYSOMETHING was the first defining moment for this great artist receiving praise from critics and listeners alike. His next release CATCHING TALES was considered a positive notch on his belt but didn't receive the save level of praise as the latter. As a sidenote for me it definitely was a step up for Mr. Cullum. Now we have THE PURSUIT and as far as I am considered this is his new defining moment.

Every artist has a basic genre they are defined in and for Jamie Cullum is was jazz pop and many reinterpretations of old standards in the Cullum style. And he has had his style since day one. Sometimes you hear him compared to Harry Connick Jr. or Michael Buble and though he sings some standards his style is so far removed from these performers. His growth on this release is astounding. Jamie Cullum is now 30 and to see an artist grow so much at an early age is a pleasure and a rarity. Each song he tackles is not for the masses but his own interptretation done from the heart. He is a singer songwriter and he has a superb gift with the songwriting as well. His piano playing is another gift and is always used to bring emotional depth to his performances.

Some of the standards he tackles here are JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS, which starts off the cvd with a brassy, wonderful interpration that blows in your face as a great huge intro to what is to come.
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Jamie Cullum is a young top caliber crossover artist who excels at almost everything -- jazz-piano, singing, arrangements, creativity, melodies, bass lines, so that he's been aptly dubbed "Sinatra in Sneakers" by the press. His singing is exciting, hungry, desperate with a fetching longing and bravado. Perhaps five or six songs in this SUPREMELY EXCELLENT ALBUM will become classics since they're borderline addictive; the other songs are excellent and creative, with fresh choices and unusual instrumentation. Cullum understands rhythm, beat, melody, harmony, and has wonderful ways of working with the bass and drums. If there's an area where Cullum needs improvement, it's lyrics, but generally I think most people don't care about words particularly on the up-tempo numbers. He combines a keen sense of timing and rhythm and melodies so each change is unpredicted but wonderful. Cullum is a joy to listen to. If you play his song "Wheels" while driving in your car, when he sings about the wheels falling off of the world, you'll feel airborne. He sings as well as Sinatra with subtle tones and choices. Supremely recommended!!!

-- Thomas W. Sulcer
Author of "The Second Constitution of the United States"
(free on web; google title + Sulcer)
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Nicknamed Jazz Hobbitt, UK singer Jamie Cullum refuses to be pigeonholed, covering songs by artists as diverse as Pharrell, Radiohead, Hendrix, and Kanye West, to mention a few.

His continues this genre hoping on his new CD "The Pursuit" which opens with the swinging big band Jazz reading of Cole Porter's "Just one of those things", the thumping piano Pop of "I'm all over it", the Coldplay-like "Wheels", and a beautiful woozy and haunting cover of "If I ruled the world" (with an incredibly beautiful piano break) which wouldn't sound out of place on a Massive Attack album.

A drastic piano reworking of Rihanna's "Don't stop the music" with slowly shuffling beats is a highlight, much like his remake of Pharrell's "Frontin'" was on his "Twentysomething" album.

"Mixtape" is an upbeat Pop number with his missus Sophie Dahl on backing vocals, "I think I love you" a beautiful lounge ballad (perfect for a candlelit dinner), "We run things" is a horn-sprinkled Jazz/Pop song with distorted sounds and Hip Hop beats, and closing is the 7 minute long droning House number "Music is through" with catchy piano breaks.

If you're a real music lover, this should be right up your alley. Bold and experimental.
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