The only thing more unpredictable than a jazz composition is the artists who emerges successful from the genre. So move over Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Buble, thereâ€™s a new kid in town.
British jazz-pop vocalist/pianist Jamie Cullum bounds onto the music scene with his latest release â€œThe Pursuit.â€
The album basically follows Cullum as he chases after something heâ€™s already caught, an affinity for pop-lathered jazz tunes and converting modern day pop songs into something more tolerable.
â€œWheels,â€ the first single from the album, starts off with a circling piano riff coupled with a locomotive type drumbeat that makes the song irresistible as far as foot tapping and head bobbing goes.
Cullumâ€™s version of â€œJust One Of Those Thingsâ€ gives Sinatra a real run for his money as far as band composition, but Cullumâ€™s voice tends to get frail throughout the track â€“â€“ something Sinatra never struggled with.
Cullum even finds the time to outdo pop diva Rihanna on her own track, â€œDonâ€™t Stop The Music,â€ padding the song with soulful vocals, insatiable melody and actual musical talent.
Though â€œThe Pursuit,â€ by jazz music standards, isnâ€™t branching out to do anything new, it is solid from start to finish.
Even classified as a pop artist, Cullum finds a new way to push the envelope in a developmentally sound way. By infusing the two genres of pop and jazz, Cullum risks failure but succeeds in a big way.
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