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Jamie Cullum announces new album and tour dates

Feature: Jack Foley

JAMIE Cullum, the UK’s biggest selling jazz artist ever, is set to release a brand new album, Catching Tales, on September 26 through Universal Classics & Jazz.

This follows the phenomenally successful 2003 release Twenty Something which has sold 2.5 million copies and is the fastest-selling jazz album in UK history.

The new album is the result of a remarkable period in the 25 year old’s life.

Bursting with all the experiences and new music he has encountered on his travels, it took less than four months to write two album’s worth of new material, interspersed only with lengthy pub visits as Jamie enjoyed life back at home with his friends and family.

"It’s a better representation of what I am and what I want to be as a musician," Jamie says.

"I wanted the music to do more of the talking this time rather than having to explain it.

"There’s a much more progressive look at the way this jazz/pop thing might be able to move forward.

"I think that I’ve worked out a way to express myself in this music better too. When I was growing up, I used to do that by playing soppy acoustic guitar songs and now I’ve worked out how to integrate that better.

The first single from the album will be Get Your Way on September 19.

The track is written with hip-hop DJ and Gorillaz member, Dan The Automator and will be available on CD, vinyl and dvd formats.

The album also features singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt, a collaborator on one of Jamie’s own favourite album tracks, Back To The Ground.

Continues Jamie: "It’s a classic touring song about when you get home and you readjust to life.

"We literally caned a bottle of wine and jammed this blues song. He got on the guitar, I got on the Wurlitzer and we wrote the song within an hour. He was so inspirational, his impact is far more than just that one song and I definitely want to continue to work with him.”

Jamie is currently on tour in Europe playing most of the summer festivals.

Forthcoming UK tour dates are as follows...

26 - Plymouth Pavillions
27 - Portsmouth Guildhall
28 - Liverpool Philarmonic
30 - Oxford New Theatre
31 - Nottingham Royal Hall

2 - Manchester Apollo
3 - Manchester Apollo
4 - Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
5 - Sheffield City Hall
7 - Dublin National Stadium
8 - Belfast Waterfront Hall
10 - Birmingham NIA
11 - Leicester De Montford Hall
12 - Brighton Centre
14 - London Royal Albert Hall
15 - London Royal Albert Hall

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Catching Tales reviewed

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