Twentysomething

Twentysomething

by Jamie Cullum
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Twentysomething

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/11/2004
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602498176757
catalogNumber: 000227302
Rank: 188976

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
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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4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW is all i have to say.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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