The Pursuit

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Jamie Cullum tipped too heavily toward coffeehouse electronica on his fourth album, Catching Tales, obscuring his charms as both a jazzy pianist and a soft rock crooner, so he wisely scales back to his strengths on The Pursuit. Despite a brassy opening cover of Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things," The Pursuit is hardly a retreat to Harry Connick, Jr. territory. Cullum anchors himself within melodic soft rock, providing a base for incorporating both his jazz and persistent electronica infatuations. Since The Pursuit is produced as a pop album, those electronica flourishes wind up seeming seamless, whereas the jazz runs feel something like affectations no ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Jamie Cullum tipped too heavily toward coffeehouse electronica on his fourth album, Catching Tales, obscuring his charms as both a jazzy pianist and a soft rock crooner, so he wisely scales back to his strengths on The Pursuit. Despite a brassy opening cover of Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things," The Pursuit is hardly a retreat to Harry Connick, Jr. territory. Cullum anchors himself within melodic soft rock, providing a base for incorporating both his jazz and persistent electronica infatuations. Since The Pursuit is produced as a pop album, those electronica flourishes wind up seeming seamless, whereas the jazz runs feel something like affectations no matter how crisply they're delivered. But all in all, this only underscores what Cullum does best: unabashedly mainstream adult pop, whether it's the insistent rush of "Mixtape" or the wonderful '70s throwback "I'm All Over It." Much of The Pursuit mines this fertile, mellow vein, producing a bunch of understatedly melodic music whose consistency only suggests that Cullum should stop dabbling with detours and just accept his strength as a soft rock singer/songwriter.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2010
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • UPC: 602527240107
  • Catalog Number: 001365502
  • Sales rank: 60,694

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jamie Cullum Primary Artist, Organ, Bass, Piano, Celeste, Vocals, Hurdy-Gurdy, fender rhodes
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Gary Grant Trumpet
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Dan Higgins Saxophone
Sebastian Steinberg Bass
Greg Wells Organ, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Tim Lefebvre Bass
Brad Webb Drums
Natalie Williams Background Vocals
Martin Terefe Wurlitzer
Ben Cullum Bass, Vocals
Tom Richards Flute, Bass Clarinet
Marc McLean Drums
Chris Mann Background Vocals
John Benson Guitar
Charissa Nielsen Background Vocals
Christopher Hill Bass
Technical Credits
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Michael Jackson Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Paul Buckmaster String Arrangements
Frank Foster Orchestral Arrangements
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Cole Porter Composer
Greg Wells Producer
Ricky Ross Composer
Geoff Gascoyne Composer
Karl Gordon Composer, drum programming, Bass Programming
Martin Terefe Producer
Jamie Cullum Arranger, Composer, Horn Arrangements, Introduction
Ben Cullum Composer, Programming
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen Composer
Frankie Storm Composer
Tor Erik Hermansen Composer
Cyril Ornadel Composer
Sebastiaan De Krom Composer
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