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Pop - Released January 1, 2013 | Verve - Cullum

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Britain's Jamie Cullum's sixth studio album, 2013's Momentum, finds the jazz-influenced singer/songwriter flexing his creative muscles on a stylistically varied set. Working with a variety of instruments from vintage keyboards to electronic samples and beats, Cullum clearly used this project to expand his sonic palette. Which isn't to say that the singer has completely abandoned his usual vocals-and-piano format. On the contrary, most of the songs here are still rooted in Cullum singing and accompanying himself on piano, with key instrumental flourishes and studio reworkings added as a means of highlighting his vocal melodies, most of which he wrote himself. Cullum displays his considerable gift for pop songcraft with particular skill on such songs as the bombastic "Edge of Something," the torchy '60s soul dance number "When I Get Famous," and the introspective, folk-inflected composition "Get a Hold of Yourself." However, while Momentum features a number of heartfelt original melodic pop songs, it also delivers a few surprisingly reworked jazz standards, such as the inspired downtempo reinvention of Cole Porter's "Love for Sale" featuring rapper Roots Manuva. Similarly, Cullum's deeply ruminative, widescreen take on "Pure Imagination" is an album standout. Although Cullum got his start during the jazz singer boom of the early 2000s, with Momentum he's proven once again to be a musically eclectic songwriter with more than enough creative speed to keep him going for years to come. ~ Matt Collar
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Pop - Released December 25, 2018 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

The fact that he knows how to sing almost everything is no big surprise to anyone. And it’s often when he covers another artists' material that Jamie Cullum shines the most. In the great tradition of the great voices of jazz history, the Brit has put together a fairly eclectic repertoire of songs ranging from Mariah Carey to Frank Ocean, Justin Bieber, Lauryn Hill and The Weeknd! “I love learning other people’s songs”, Cullum stated. “It teaches me a lot about writing, which is a big source of inspiration especially when I’m working on a new album, which is exactly what I’m doing at the minute. I strongly believe in the title of writer Austin Kleon’s book: “Voler comme un artiste”. Besides, I often find my best ideas when I’m in someone else’s shoes.” The interest of this collection of covers also comes from the rather clean and sober packaging made by Jamie Cullum himself. No shiny production or sound effects, no, just the deep, elastic voice of a master of groove and swing who is just as in touch with tradition as he is with his own time. © Max Dembo/Qobuz
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Pop - Released October 31, 2018 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Pop - Released February 17, 2017 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Film Soundtracks - Released September 7, 2018 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Jazz - Released September 1, 2014 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2009 | Decca (UMO)

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Pop - Released January 1, 2013 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2006 | Verve - Cullum

Jazz - Released January 1, 2004 | Decca (UMO)

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Jazz - Released February 17, 2015 | Decca (UMO)

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2013 | Decca (UMO)

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Jazz - Released September 1, 2014 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Jazz - Released September 1, 2014 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

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Jazz - Released March 23, 2015 | Decca (UMO)

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