BruceC, JazzyD, Freedom:
Thanks for posting. Your comments are well received. You speak for more than a few others. If you listen only to soundclips from Cullum's cd, it's easy to get the impression Cullum is just one more jazz musician among many. Check out the concert review below from Cullum’s website: jamiecullum.com
From The Times/Written by Clive Davis,
“There are some reasonable criticisms you can make of the newcomer from the West Country . You can find more original singers and more adventurous pianists and a fair amount of his repetoire could be described as affectionate pastiche. If you know him only from his album “Twenty Something” you may be wondering what all the fuss is about.
But Cullum in the flesh is a rare example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. There is a winning wrecklessness to his live shows. Like one of his deeply untrendy role models, Harry Connick, Jr. he possess the rare ability to make even the biggest venue seem intimate. Few who saw Connick’s London concert debut a decade and a half ago will forget how extraordinary an evening it was. Cullum comes close to matching him…”
Cullum's performance - live in concert - is what really blew me away. He is an helluva performer. I don't know if anyone is doing jazz, at least on stage, quite the way Cullum is. Cullum's performance is electric, exciting and fun. He’s jumping all over the stage, the piano, he’s having fun and so does the audience.
Another thing that may distinguish Cullum a bit, I don’t consider him strictly jazz. There are elements of pop/rock where he is reaching more towards mainstream, for instance, some of his material he’s written himself including "All At Sea" that is currently getting airplay on the radio. And he mixes in rock/pop songs. Would Harrick Connick, Jr. types play "And The Wind Cries Mary" by Jimi Hendricks?
I loaned Cullum's CD to a DJ friend of mine (he' s more into jazz). FWIW, he liked the CD immediately. He commented it's nice to hear fresh interpretations of some of the old jazz standards.
I'm just hoping to share with members that here's someone you may really enjoy seeing in concert. You've really got to go see this guy in concert. His concert was a gas. If you like piano, you'll probably get a "kick" out of what he does on stage and the inventive ways he plays piano. I rate this as one of the most enjoyable, most fun concerts I've ever been to.
Thanks for posting and sharing your thoughts. We may never agree. If you go to one of his concerts you may still feel the same. That’s cool. We are not all the same. I believe it is Kenny whose tagline is "I am me. You are you." or "I am not you" -something to that effect. Truer words were never spoken. We’re here to share thoughts, opnions and banter back and forth. I think that’s great.