You gladly credit Maupassant and the new wave. Are you happy to be in Paris?
Jamie Cullum – I love it! I’ve always been fascinated by French culture. At 15, I had an epiphany while reading Satori in Paris by Jack Kerouac. Two years later, I decided to come on holiday three weeks … and I stayed three months. That’s when I discovered Truffaut, Godard … And in clubs, jazz was not black! Later, I even met Agnes Varda. It was a great honor for me because I studied film at university and I’m a fan of the film Cleo from 5 to 7.
Do you refuse still be regarded as a young singer with old songs?
I grew up listening to Miles Davis, Cole Porter, Jimi Hendrix, but I also like Beyoncé, Rihanna and Kurt Cobain’s. I do not see the point for me to play the crooner of the 1950s with a pinstripe suit and polished shoes. I try to sing but old things in new ways. I feel that my approach to you is better understood than in Great Britain. In Paris I am really an artist.
With The Pursuit, you take a turn much more rock, no?
I wanted to scare me! After ten years, I had become too comfortable in my songs with my group. I learned to play the piano like Thelonious Monk, I tried to sing like Sinatra, but in 30 years, it was time to take risks, I do most exciting choices. I changed musicians. They are younger, more aggressive. So, on stage, the show will sound more rock than jazz. I like the idea of surprising the audience.
Soundtrack For your first you’ve worked with Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino. Do you turn the test?
I had never composed for the film, and it is true that the bar was very high. A bit like if I started a meal with caviar and foie gras! I await other opportunities. I would be able to work with people like John Williams or Robert Zemeckis.
Is it true that you recorded some songs on the album in your kitchen?
I like the sound of this room. I even installed a small piano. And I’m right next to the beers …
Cole Porter to Rihanna
The range is wide but assumed without complex! Without denying the legacy of his predecessors like Cole Porter where he revisited Just One Of Those Things, the turbulent Jamie Cullum flirts with equal ease on the side of dance, rock, soul or pop in with the BEATLES I ‘m All Over It, not to mention a beautiful cover of Please Do not Stop The Music by Rihanna. With The Pursuit, this singer and virtuoso musician performs a feat: to approach all genres without dispersing.