Review: Cullum, a crooner in the spotlight of the Arena

A little concert review for you all here from the Tribune deGeneve. I love the crazy translations 🙂

Jamie Cullum en concert à l’Arena dimanche passé. LIONEL FLUSIN


The troublemaker of the piano jazz pop ignited the Geneva public Sunday, despite – or thanks! – A small crowd. Ambiance

 Photo (c) LIONEL Flusin

That night, the Arena, this big pot a little too cold devoted to big names of international pop, when the Arena that can accommodate everything goes easily 9000 people, had drastically limited its configuration to the concert date. However, what with another poster would have difficulty seeing proved perfectly adequate for once.

In the hall, 2500. Onstage, Jamie Cullum. As jazz pianist, singer no less well equipped, the almost thirty years has become known thanks to its mix of academic and pop lyric swing. What we found roughly Sunday during a two-hour concert conducted by this amazing drum beating crooner with sneakers and his band of four musicians. At the hearing, at first unobtrusive enough, Jamie Cullum balance tube to tube, from “I’m All Over It,” his latest album, The Pursuit of “All at Sea” of Twentysomething, the first major success dates back to 2003.

The atmosphere is cozy, with any décor faces of the musicians on the projected backdrop. Perfect to create an attentive ear, which proved quite conceivable since the stage was set well forward. Something quite rare at the Arena, the sound is impeccable. The best place to appreciate the pianissimo of Jamie Cullum, treated as the solos from the orchestra. Here, everyone is versatile keyboardist ensuring the tenor saxophone, trumpet electric guitar. The Cullum band becomes bluntly mini-brass band funk band and then, displaying the portion of Coldplay-like sound.

Amazing Cullum, musician steeped in classic rock, groove, jazz and Latin (superb cover of Ellington’s Caravan format “acoustic”). Strung end to end with a hair-raising virtuosity, references prove highly refreshing. Add to that the humor of the fellow who stopped to tell his little anecdote felt good. The sauce goes up, the audience starts to sing. Always engaging.

After a final instrumental fireworks, Jamie Cullum returns alone at the piano to whisper as four eyes a Gran Torino dressed all nostalgia. Class.

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