by IAN MAHAN
The Rocky Mountain Collegian
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, there’s a new kid in town.
British jazz-pop vocalist/pianist Jamie Cullum bounds onto the music scene with his latest release “The Pursuit.”
The album basically follows Cullum as he chases after something he’s already caught, an affinity for pop-lathered jazz tunes and converting modern day pop songs into something more tolerable.
“Wheels,” 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.
Cullum’s version of “Just One Of Those Things” gives Sinatra a real run for his money as far as band composition, but Cullum’s voice tends to get frail throughout the track –– something Sinatra never struggled with.
Cullum even finds the time to outdo pop diva Rihanna on her own track, “Don’t Stop The Music,” padding the song with soulful vocals, insatiable melody and actual musical talent.
Though “The Pursuit,” by jazz music standards, isn’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.