Catching Tales [Deluxe Edition Bonus DVD]

Catching Tales [Deluxe Edition Bonus DVD]

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by Jamie Cullum
     
 

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British pianist/vocalist Jamie Cullum's previous effort, Twentysomething, was an uncomplicated mix of piano-driven melodic pop with a jazzy twist and some reworked jazz standards. 2005's Catching Tales follows a similar format but falls short of its predecessor's simple approach by muddying up the production with dated electronic flourishes. Which isn'tSee more details below

Overview

British pianist/vocalist Jamie Cullum's previous effort, Twentysomething, was an uncomplicated mix of piano-driven melodic pop with a jazzy twist and some reworked jazz standards. 2005's Catching Tales follows a similar format but falls short of its predecessor's simple approach by muddying up the production with dated electronic flourishes. Which isn't to say it's a bad album. On the contrary, despite some ill-advised attempts at would-be-hip DJ-style tracks, Catching Tales features more of Cullum's superb songwriting. Essentially a singer/songwriter in the tradition of such icons as Billy Joel and Randy Newman, Cullum is at his best when performing simple melodic songs with some jazz harmony that make the most of his burnished croon and verbal wit. To these ends, the beautifully melancholy "London Skies" brings to mind Joe Jackson covering a Radiohead song. Similarly, the romantic and folky "Photograph" reveals the often sardonically snotty Cullum to be a top-notch balladeer. It's also at these soft rock moments, when he isn't attempting to gun down the jazz canon, that Cullum's improvisation sounds the best. Also impressive is his mid-tempo swing-cum-soul track "Nothing I Do," which marries Harry Connick, Jr.'s neo-croon to Stevie Wonder's R&B harmonies. If Cullum's only attempt at contemporary hipness was his inspired cover version of the Doves' "Catch the Sun," the album would be a rousing success. Unfortunately though, Cullum's expansive vision finds him collaborating with Dan the Automator on the leadoff track, "Get Your Way." What may have been an attempt to try something new ultimately sounds more like early-'90s hip-hop jazz à la Digable Planets replete with scratchy vinyl record sound and canned beat. Also disappointing is his reworking of the Harry Warren classic "I Only Have Eyes for You," which, while an attempt at a Massive Attack-style trip-hop track, sounds more like U2's equally atrocious 1990 Cole Porter redo "Night and Day." However, when Cullum sticks to his piano and a good melody Catching Tales actually bests Twentysomething and easily shakes the "new-jazz" tag he has been working against. [The deluxe edition of Catching Tales features an extra DVD of material including a documentary of the making of the album and tour, an interview, as well as photo and video shoots.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/2005
Label:
Verve Forecast
UPC:
0602498742839
catalogNumber:
000556210

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jamie Cullum   Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Xylophone,Moog Synthesizer,Omnichord,fender rhodes,electronics,Wurlitzer
John Heard   Acoustic Bass
Ian Thomas   Percussion,Drums
Alan Barnes   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
James Gadson   Drums
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Gavyn Wright   Leader
Geoff Gascoyne   Acoustic Bass
Sebastian DeKrom   Drums,Background Vocals
Merlo Podlewski   Bass,Bass Guitar
Terri Walker   Background Vocals,Voices
Ben Cullum   Electric Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Isabella Cannell   Background Vocals,Voices
Mark Emms   Background Vocals,Voices

Technical Credits

Joe Williams   Engineer
Alan Bates   Executive Producer
Guy Chambers   Composer
Jimmy Dorsey   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Mort Garson   Composer
Bernie Grundman   Mastering
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Stewart Levine   Producer,Audio Production
Paul Mertz   Composer
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Dan the Automator   Composer,Programming,Contributor,beats,Audio Production
Geoff Gascoyne   String Arrangements
Jez Williams   Composer
Teron Beal   Composer
Jimi Goodwin   Composer
Ed Harcourt   Composer
Richard Woodcraft   Engineer,Digital Editing
Jamie Cullum   Composer,Programming,Liner Notes,drum programming,beats
Ben Cullum   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Nathan Carey   Producer
Simon Garfield   Liner Notes
Simon Hanning   Director,Producer,Contributor

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