Jamie Cullum cuts loose at Massey Hall

He may be Britain’s top-selling jazz artist ever, but Jamie Cullum is infused with a pop soul that cut loose at Massey Hall Tuesday night.

Mostly serving up tunes from his new disc The Pursuit, the elfin, tousle-haired singer-pianist proved a can’t-take-your-eyes-off-him showman. Palpable was his delight in confounding the enthused, near-capacity crowd with clever arrangements and inventive solos.

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Everything seemed tongue in cheek, from the way he sometimes made his sly, sexy voice croak or screech, as if in parody of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, whose songs he often covers, to the electronic effects and beatboxing he slipped in.

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