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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
British singer, pianist, songwriter, and performer Jamie Cullum can remind you a little of Harry Connick Jr., a little of early Billy Joel, a little of Elton John, even a little of Sinatra, and, ultimately, a lot of just himself. Cullum indeed draws from panoply of sources, but he’s been able to synthesize the best from each and transform it all into a personal style. Call it cabaret with a contemporary singer-songwriter edge. Mixing a handful of his own highly effective originals with a clever grab bag of well-loved standards and disparate rock tunes (Hendrix’s “Wind Cries Mary,” Jeff Buckley’s “Lover You Should Have Come Over,” and Radiohead’s “High and Dry”), Cullum...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
British singer, pianist, songwriter, and performer Jamie Cullum can remind you a little of Harry Connick Jr., a little of early Billy Joel, a little of Elton John, even a little of Sinatra, and, ultimately, a lot of just himself. Cullum indeed draws from panoply of sources, but he’s been able to synthesize the best from each and transform it all into a personal style. Call it cabaret with a contemporary singer-songwriter edge. Mixing a handful of his own highly effective originals with a clever grab bag of well-loved standards and disparate rock tunes (Hendrix’s “Wind Cries Mary,” Jeff Buckley’s “Lover You Should Have Come Over,” and Radiohead’s “High and Dry”), Cullum somehow brings it all together effortlessly, betraying not a hint of self-consciousness. His all-embracing taste and blatant enthusiasm for a great song -- no matter its vintage -- combined with a true flair for singing and playing, mark this precocious “twenty-something” as a mature performer. It’s obvious we’ll be hearing lots more from this talented newcomer to our shores.
All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Already a sensation in his native England, 22-year-old piano man Jamie Cullum comes off like a hip amalgamation of Harry Connick, Jr. and Randy Newman on his sophomore effort, Twentysomething. As with Blue Note's crossover wunderkind Norah Jones, Cullum works best when he's not trying too hard to please hardcore jazz aficionados, but it's not too difficult to imagine his bonus-track version of Pharrell Williams' "Frontin'" turning some jazz fans onto the Neptunes. Showcasing Cullum's sardonic wit and lounge-savvy attitude, the album deftly flows from singer/songwriter love songs to jazzy barroom romps and reappropriated modern rock tunes. Cullum has a warm voice with a slight rasp that retains a bit of his Brit accent even though his influences -- Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Tom Waits -- are resolutely American. Truthfully, Cullum isn't the most accomplished vocalist and his piano chops are pleasant at best -- Oscar Peterson he ain't. That said, he's still a kick. What he lacks in technique he makes up for in swagger and smarts as many of his original compositions reveal. On the swinging and wickedly humorous title track -- a take on postgraduate slackerdom -- Cullum sardonically laments, "After years of expensive education, a car full of books and anticipation, I'm an expert on Shakespeare and that's a hell of a lot but the world don't need scholars as much as I thought." It's a timely statement in our overeducated, underemployed "dot-bomb" economy and deftly posits Cullum as a jazz singer as much of as for his generation. Also compelling are his choices of cover tunes, as he is able to imprint his own persona on the songs while magnifying what made them brilliant to begin with. To these ends, Jeff Buckley's "Lover, You Should've Come Over" gets a gut-wrenchingly minimalist treatment and Radiohead's "High and Dry" comes off as the best Bruce Hornsby song you've never heard. Conversely, Cullum treats jazz standards as modern pop tunes, reworking them into contemporary styles that are neither cynical nor awkward. In fact, his atmospheric, '70s AM pop take on "Singin' in the Rain," replete with string backgrounds and Cullum's percolating Rhodes keyboard, is one of the most appealing cuts on the album, lending the Great American Songbook warhorse an air of virginity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2004
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602498176757
  • Catalog Number: 000227302
  • Sales rank: 8,459

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jamie Cullum Primary Artist, Percussion, Piano, Accordion, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Mellotron, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Alan Barnes Alto Saxophone
Francis Fuster Percussion
Jamie Talbot Alto Saxophone
Gavyn Wright Violin
Jackie Shave Violin
Bruce White Viola
John Parricelli Guitar
David Daniels [cello] Cello
Geoff Gascoyne Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Sebastian DeKrom Drums
Ben Castle Tenor Saxophone
Michael Strange Drums
Ben Cullum Vocals
Jackie Shane Violin
Martin Shaw Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Technical Credits
Bob Dorough Composer
Oscar Levant Composer
María Mendez Grever Composer
Alan Bates Executive Producer
Jeff Buckley Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Stanley Adams Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Stewart Levine Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Rik Pekkonen Engineer
Cole Porter Composer
Andy Rogers Producer, Engineer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Colin Greenwood Composer
Phil Selway Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
Geoff Gascoyne Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Thom Yorke Composer
Pharrell Williams Composer
Shawn Carter Composer
Chad Hugo Composer
Piers Bedford Producer
Jamie Cullum Arranger, Composer
Ben Cullum Composer
Jamie Cullum Trio Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jamie Cullum musical genius

    Jamie Cullum is a musical genius. He appeals to all ages and this is evident at his live shows where all ages attend. His CD Twentysomething is amazing and easily the only CD you need until you hear his others then you just cannot get enough of him. His soulful voice and amazing piano are wonderful with his trio of Geoff Gascoyne on bass and Sebastian DeKrom on drums. All wonderful musicians that take jazz to a new level. You will not be disappointed if you purchase this CD you will not be able to stop listening and you will tell all your friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WHOA!!!!!

    AWESOME!!!!!! I love Jamie's music, lyrics, and his performances. He says that he used to listen to rock&roll and you can hear the influences to the classics he performs. I have shared his music with everyone I know!!! Hope he keeps it coming!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I dig it. Which is wierd!

    I'm a metal fan. I am a rock/metal drummer. Somehow I've always appreciated the old along with the new as long as there is a good beat/groove. I caught a few minutes of Jamie's DVD on some Public station and remembered the name while surfing for other music. I nabbed his DVD and CD and would reccomend it to anyone. His band is flawless and Jamie shows heart and passion that I believe anyone can respect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Old Dude Who Likes All Types of Music!

    In my opinion, Cullum can be better appreciated if one sees his video of Twenty-somthin' which depicts who he is! His talents, with the help of outstanding arrangements, afford Jamie to present a huge variety of musical types. In this day and time, darned it's good to have a good fresh talent that can be understood. Looking forward to his next release!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New Muscian for Old School Music

    Jamie Cullum is a off beat, hip find for those who are more interested in the quality of the music they listen to more than knowing every song on the radio. With a unique sound and take on old favorites, as well as amazing song writing abilities, this artist will be well known throughout the world. Get the scoop before everyone else does.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I told my friend I loved this cd so much, I wanted to hug the music =]

    WOW is all i have to say.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The critics almost have it right.

    Sometimes it seems as if the reviewers just read what someone else wrote about Jamie and then paraphrased. His vocals are really a younger version of Kurt Elling, a singular jazz singer with a powerful and chilling voice. Also, the piano playing on the album is really excellent. As far as it not being Oscar Peterson, who cares? Oscar Peterson doesn't sell records, having good songs does. The whole album is excellent, and the trio is killin' the whole time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatest of the 3!

    This is definatley the greatest cd he's released yet of the 3 albums he has love the jimi hendrix: Wind Cries Mary gives a little kick jimi would def. be happy now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jazz Jamie Style

    This album is constantly in my Cd player and no wonder. With his pop tinged jazz Jamie mangages not only to sound amazing vocally but totally rip up the pinao keys. His original songs like All at Sea and These Are The Days are incredible. His covers of Radiohead's High and Dry and Jimi Hendrix's Mery are also some of my favorites. This is one of those Cd's where every song is good. If you have a chance to see Jamie on tour you have to go and see him live b/c his live shows are the krunkest I have ever seen. Buy this Cd. You will not be sorry!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!!!

    "All At Sea" is the best song I have heard in recent memory. The wave-like melody has you feeling like your drifting across the open ocean and the lyrics are simple yet heart felt. As for the rest of the album, the cover songs are as good as their originals if not better, such is the case with Radio Head's "High and Dry". All of the original material is extremely polished and makes it hard to believe that this kid is in his early twenties.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FFFRESHHH

    just heard one of his songs (i think it was the track 2, "twentysomething") tonight on conan o'brien and i was hooked right away.. another musician i found on conan's show (i saw joss stone last year and went to buy her cd right away).. i liked the catchy, original and funny lyric he had, reminds me that there's still somebody who actually has fun creating music. The tunes are delectable, a fresh retreat from the "smooth jazz" monotones, not that i listen to smooth jazz alot.. all in all, this is a good music to enjoy with a company or better yet by yourself when you just wanna lay back on your sofa after a long day's night :)

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