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In The Mind Of compilation is my fantasy resume, says Jamie Cullum

In The Mind of Jamie Cullum

Feature by Jack Foley

COMPILED by Jamie Cullum, the multi-million selling internationally renowned jazz artist In The Mind Of Jamie Cullum marks Cullum’s first ever compilation project.

An exciting glimpse into the diverse musical mind of a modern day jazz genius, the CD includes two entirely exclusive new tracks – a Jamie Cullum original composition plus a new classic jazz cover.

Born in Essex and raised in Wiltshire, Jamie Cullum was obsessed with all types of music from an early age – rock, hip-hop, folk, dance, acid jazz, blues.

He discovered straight ahead jazz as a teenager, through artists like Herbie Hancock, Charles Mingus and Miles Davis, but also showed an interest in the groundbreaking Steely Dan albums purchased by his brother, Ben, who now co-writes much of Jamie’s original material.

While studying English at college Jamie immersed himself in the various offerings of the UK dance scene and began working as a singer-pianist anywhere he could get a gig – on cruise ships, in pubs, even wedding receptions, crafting his explosive on-stage persona which captures and enthralls audiences world-wide today.

With over 2.5 million albums sold to date and over 100 festival, stadium and concert hall gigs a year for the last three, including a 75,000 head-line performance in the grounds of Blenheim Palace, Jamie Cullum is undoubtedly a jazz phenomenon.

Regularly covering a huge selection of artists and genres in his live show, he jumped at the chance to express his influences on this compilation album.

“People ask why I play jazz,” he comments. “It’s because you can take it to so many different places. You can embrace dance music, rock, pop music, classical, funk, everything…

“And I touch on all those things in this record. This CD feels like a fantasy resumé,” he adds, “or a mix tape I would make for a great friend or a really hot girl.”

Track listing:

  1. I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today – Simone, Nina
  2. Peridio De Amor – Bonfa, Luiz
  3. Stolen Moments – Murphy, Mark
  4. I’d Probably Do It Again – Cullum, Jamie
  5. Acid Eiffel – Garnier, Laurent & Bugge Wesseltoft
  6. Jazz Cats – Quasimoto
  7. Fables Of Faubus – Mingus, Charles
  8. After You’ve Gone – Cullum, Jamie
  9. Get Thy Bearings – Donovan (1)
  10. Station Approach – Elbow
  11. All Things To All Men – Cinematic Orchestra & Roots Manuva
  12. Nobu – Hancock, Herbie
  13. Brown Paper Bag – Roni Size
  14. Mr Me Too – Clipse
  15. Flim – Bad Plus
  16. Sleep – Polyphony (2)