Jamie Cullum’s fifth studio album, “The Pursuit,” follows the patterns of his previous jazz?pop fusion albums and further narrows the gap between the two genres. Cullum still has the same jazz licks and slides over pop song structures, but he explores the pop genre even more by delving into hip?hop beats and distortion.
He’s a short bloke whose too?long suit sleeves and smallish hands make it hard to believe that he can play the piano effectively, but the London?born jazz?pop star has a lot going for him. Cullum has impressive improvisational skills; a low, buttery voice that is gritty, expressive and sexy all at once; and an unabashedly goofy personality that comes through on every track.
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