Jamie Cullum: London Skies
Jamie Cullum (vocals, guitar, percussion, xylophone, piano)
Catching Tales (UCJ 9873432)
Jamie Cullum (vocals, guitar, percussion, xylophone, piano),
Ian Thomas (drums, percussion), Sebastiaan De Krom (drums), Ben Cullum (electric bass), Geoff Gascoyne (acoustic bass).
Composed by Jamie Cullum and Guy Chambers.
Recorded: London, no date given (CD released in 2004)
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
And you thought Gershwin said it all with "A Foggy Day"? Well, Jamie Cullum finds new inspiration in the London fog 70 years after the famous standard from A Damsel in Distress. Cullum apparently tried to convince his Brazilian girlfriend of the romance and beauty of the overcast skies of London. For my part, I'll never forget the sun-drenched azure over Ipanema, but this performance at least brings me back, again and again, to Cullum's marvelous Catching Tales CD. This artist continues to develop with each new release. On this 2005 performance, he handles vocals and four different instruments, and shows his talent as a songwriter for good measure. But this is more than just flashy versatility - Cullum is an impressive artist with his own style and something to say.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia