English jazz and pop singer Jamie Cullum returns to the area for a Sunday night show at the 9:30 Club. On his bold new release, Cullum give readings of blazing swing standards, insistent and heartfelt ballads, fast paced dance tracks and Broadway showtunes.
“It was the right time for me to take myself out of my comfort zone, and to push myself to be bolder,” Cullum reports from his Web site. “I wanted to build on the things I’ve already done, but I also wanted to reinvent myself. …I like that this album journeys from a big-band track at the start to a proggy house/dance track at the end, because it’s all me.”
“The Pursuit” is Cullum’s first album in four years. But he’s not been sitting idle. Cullum’s music appeared in a number of feature films including “Meet the Robinsons” (the singing voice of Frankie the Frog), “Grace Is Gone” and “Gran Torino.”
“The artists I most admire,” says Jaimie Cullum, “are people like Miles Davis and Tom Waits, who make all kinds of different records, and change and evolve over the years, but still remain themselves. That’s what I aspire to. I’m only about 5 percent of the way there, but I’ve got time.”