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Award winning broadcaster, song-writer and celebrated musician Jamie Cullum announces the release of Interlude’,the jazz album featuring Laura Mvula and Gregory Porter in the UK on 6th October 2014 through Island Records.

Lead single, ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’, featuring Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist and songwriter, Gregory Porter will be released on ... Read more in Amazon's Jamie Cullum Store

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  • Audio CD (11 Oct. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000VK0PEK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Cullum,Jamie ~ Catching Tales

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56 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Femke de Vos Burchart on 29 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
About a month ago I heard about half of Jamie Cullum's new album 'Catching Tales'. If you loved Twentysomething and Pointless Nostalgic, you will love this album even more. Varying from funky, up-beat songs like the first single 'Get Your Way', to beautiful guitar-based songs like 'London Skies' to mad-dancy fun in 'Mind Trick'. Add to that a collaboration with Guy Chambers called 'Oh God' and the very touching 'Back to the ground', 'Photographs' and 'My Yard', plus the cheeky Pharrell tune 'Wifey'.
So, don't hestitate and get this fabulous new album when you can. You won't regret it!
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I found Jamie by accident- i was watching parkinson and saw this young man. I din't think anything until he started to tap the piano with the palm of his hands. I was curious, and listened to Jamie perform "i could have danced all night" and from that, i was hooked! I loed his first album, so when i bought this, i was expectingthe same jazz sounds of "twentysomething." I was surprised to hear the tracks and have to admit it took a while to get used to this album as it's very different from the first. However, i now love this album! I love every track because they're different and show a different side of Jamie and what he can do. If you can, get the dvd/cd version of this album he talks about the album, which is interesting, and it's cheap these days. I can't wait for the next album to come out and hope it's as diverse and different as his other albums.
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By Marc on 4 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Almost every track on this album is a killer song! One of Cullum's best (after Pointless and Twentysomething...) a return to more standards with some originals helped on the side.
The picture on the cover is a great physical representation of what's going on here! AWESOME AWESOME LOVE IT
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By Alex Van Schuylen on 12 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As a fan of Jamie Cullum, I am always anxious to find new albums for me library, and this was another gem.
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Not quite "Twentysomething" 11 Oct. 2005
By K. Bortz - Published on
Format: Audio CD
On "Catching Tales", Jamie Cullum has modernized his sound. There's electric piano and sampling, and some good mature lyrics (as well as others about, well, catching tail) and Cullum even plays acoustic guitar on "My Yard". But it's not as magical to me as "Twentysomething", which still ranks as one of my favorite albums - perhaps because Twentysomething was more cover-heavy, making the originals that more special.

Musically, this sounds on this album mine from standards (I'm Glad There is You) to 70's style disco jazz (Mind Trick) to trip hoppy jazz (Get Your Way) to bossa nova (I Only Have Eyes for You) to straight ahead pop-rock (London Skies, also with Cullum on guitar). Much of it reminds me of Billy Joel or Ben Folds, and that's a good thing, and there's a lot of Fender Rhodes electric piano, giving the CD a definite 70s r&b jazz feel. It all sounds very good, but I would have like a little more of the organic feel of "Twentysomething". And I don't think the original songs on here have quite the instant hook that those on Twentysomething did, although "My Yard" is ready for top-40 radio and "Photograph" almost captures the greatness of "All at Sea". That said, this is heads and tails above other current releases and is a great breath of fresh air that you can easily lose yourself in.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Catching On to Catching Tales... 5 Jan. 2006
By Brittany Rose - Published on
Format: Audio CD
There have been a lot of reviews up to this point about how this album is no "Twentysomething". And they're right. But does that mean this album is bad? Nope. It's just different. On his latest disc, "Catching Tales", Jamie Cullum flexes his songwriting and genre-crossing wings to span across decades and styles of material effortlessly in another jazz-pop-folk gem.

First off - if you pick up the deluxe edition for an extra buck or two, which I recommend, you get wicked extras like commentary from Jamie on the liner notes...which oddly (or a stealth PR-move) reflect what he discusses on the bonus DVD included with the disc.

In terms of the sound of the disc, it really varies. The "nu-school" variety of songs are written by Jamie, his brother Ben (who contributed fab tracks like "All At Sea" on Jamie's previous album), as well as a few other notables like Ed Harcourt, a mellow rocker- who co-wrote the Tsunami-inspired slower track "Oh God", and Dan the Automator of the Gorillaz who worked on Jamie's first jazz-hop single "Get Your Way".

I tend to lump the guitar & drum filled "London Skies" & the piano-driven "Photograph" together when thinking of this album, as many reviewers will name them as the best tracks, and they are similar in tempo, pace, and style. Jamie's (and my Dad's) fave track is the mod-rock-Coldplay style "21st Century Kid" - an excellent potential single. Finally one of my three faves on the album is the last guitar track, "My Yard".

Jamie also borrows inspiration from other sounds loved in the past and present. "Nothing I Do" is a upbeat swing song inspired by tracks like "Mack the Knife", "Mind Trick" jives to a 70's soul vibe, another fave of mine, "7 Days To Change Your Life" takes an old jazz stance, while "Back to the Ground" swings to a sweet bluesy guitar and keyboard combo.

As for the covers, because really, every self-respecting new-age jazz kid must do some covers, Jamie picks an eclectic mix and certainly makes them his own. "I Only Have Eyes for You" takes on a minimalist approach, while "Our Day Will Come" Is an over-the-top calypso-inspired smash. The Doves cover "Catch the Sun" is fairly forgettable, and the "I'm Glad There is You" is a classic take on a classic song - a well-done standard.

Overall this is a solid album. It takes some getting used to, as it's a bit more scattered than Jamie's last effort. My only complaint is it doesn't have quite the same innocence or warmth attached to it as "Twentysomething" did, as if it almost seems a bit more digitalized. Still - this album kept me listening again & again and I look forward to seeing Jamie in concert next week!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful Recommended! 13 Nov. 2005
By Larry Harris - Published on
Format: Audio CD
While Rod Stewart continues to pump out drippy, uninspired, muzak-worthy "Great American Songbook" CDs (he's up to 4 now), fellow Brit Jamie Cullum is shaking up the standards and writing a few of his own with much more engaging results. Cullum fuses jazz and pop into a fresh sound that gets him invited to edgy musicfests like Coachella, but he's the boy you can bring home to meet mom. His smooth, sexy baritone echoes "The Stranger"-era Billy Joel, while his fingers fly over the 88s with Green Day fury. He takes risks. He experiments. But he never offends. Jamie Cullum is a musical cocktail party full of flirting, dancing and spin-the-bottle. And it's a party kids and parents can attend together. While we still consider "twentysomething" his best, Cullum gets props for stretching out on "Catching Tails" with the funky "Get Your Way" and inspired remakes of "I Only Have Eyes For You" and "Our Day Will Come")
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
So it's not "Twentysomething" - GET OVER IT! 21 Oct. 2005
By M. MESSINA - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
"Catching Tales" stands on its own as a very welcome addition to Jamie's catalog. Yes, there is rather more musical variety here than on his last, also excellent album, but why demand that an artist stay in the same bag forever, particularly an artist talented enough to produce exceptional music in a variety of genres? Jamie himself is the first to admit that he doesn't work in a "pure jazz" medium; he has described his music as "jazz from a pop perspective." Accept that, listen to "Catching Tales," and you're in for a real treat.

What I notice in particular is how Jamie's singing has expanded and matured in the couple of years since "Twentysomething" was recorded. Listen to Jamie's expressiveness and projection on "Oh God," the wry, sardonic delivery on "7 Days to Change Your Life," and the seductive purr and growl of "My Yard" (on this last, I think every woman listening will want to go and call that taxi immediately!), and you'll hear what I mean.

I, for one, thoroughly enjoy the wider mix of styles. The thing with Jamie is, he obviously appreciates many, many types of music, takes them all in, and produces music that is completely his own. You hear influences, yes - Stevie Wonder on the delightful "Mind Trick," Elton John on the beautiful "Photograph" - but the result is all Jamie.

Jamie has said that it's entirely possible that he might choose to release an album of all standards some day. Great if he does, but I'm delighted to have "Catching Tales" to enjoy now.

By the way, if you get the chance, see Jamie live (ALERT: United States tour coming in the early months of 2006: check Jamie's web site for details in the coming months). I was lucky enough to see one of two U.S. performances in early October, and was completely blown away: the CDs are magnificent, but this guy in concert is simply a dynamo, and one hell of a musician. I've never seen a performer give so much to his audience. And I can assure you, no way has he turned his back on jazz, so stop worrying about that. (If you can't get to a live concert, do yourself a favor and get a copy of Jamie's concert DVD, "Live at Blenheim Palace." Next best thing to being there!)

Give "Catching Tales" a listen. Absolutely a wonderful album.

EDIT: 8/15/07: Nearly two years - and 13 Jamie Cullum gigs - later, I stand by everything I've written here. With one tiny, tiny proviso: if you get a chance to see Jamie live, by all means, DO IT! Onstage is where the guy is totally in his element. There is no other live performer like him - NONE. The albums are excellent - but he needs to release another live DVD. Until we're treated to that, at least get what's available so far. Truly an amazing musician and performer.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Let's table the labels 20 April 2006
By Nancy M. Chapman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
When I caught Jamie Cullum on "Austin City Limits" in early 2005, I was riveted. Here was an artist worth attention, I thought -- refreshing, passionate, and engaging, with an original style that reflected diverse musical influences. The next day I ordered Twentysomething and couldn't wait to get Catching Tales as soon as it came out.

No, they're not jazz, but they're also not pop, soul, or hip-hop and who cares? Cullum's music is all of the above fused into several of the most fascinating compilations available today. Who limits their music collection to just one genre anyway? Should a singer/songwriter be forced to fit one category to satisfy radio formats or CD sales bins? That's just crazy talk. (I remember when the artist labelers couldn't figure out what to stick on Lyle Lovett, too.)

The only reason I give Catching Tales four stars instead of five (and would offer the same rating to Twentysomething) is to reserve the top spot for the music Cullum will record in the future. Because if he can create "London Skies," "Nothing I Do," "Mind Trick," and enthralling versions of "Wind Cries Mary" (from Twentysomething) and "Our Day Will Come" while in his early to mid 20s, imagine what he can do as a seasoned musician and songwriter.

I'm eager to learn what this fresh young talent will bring to music as a thirtysomething. No doubt music will be better for it.
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