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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 (9 Nov. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B002J9G7LG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,144 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Just One Of Those Things (Album Version) 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. I'm All Over It (Album Version) 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Wheels (Album Version) 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. If I Ruled The World (Album Version) 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. You And Me Are Gone (Album Version) 5:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Don't Stop The Music (Album Version) 4:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Love Ain't Gonna Let You Down (Album Version) 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Mixtape (Album Version) 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. I Think, I Love (Album Version) 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
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12. Music Is Through (Album Version) 7:06Album Only

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The fifth studio album from the English pop and jazz-pop singer-songwriter, pianist, guitarist, and drummer featuring the single 'I'm All Over It'.

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Now officially anointed as the new Dudley Moore, being a talented British pianist about to wed a much taller blonde, Jamie Cullum returns after a four year break with The Pursuit, his fifth and best album yet. A gleeful and deft big band version of Cole Porter’s classic "Just One Of Those Things" kicks off proceedings with a new Cullum-composed introduction, an indicator of his current confidence. And on this evidence it’s warranted. First single, the soft-rocking "I’m All Over It" deserved greater success, while the jaunty "Wheels", inspired by the credit crunch, neatly encapsulates the varied moods of The Pursuit. A funereal reading of "If I Ruled the World" owing far more to Elvis Costello than Harry Secombe, is followed by "You and Me Are Gone", a tribute to Louis Prima’s turn on the soundtrack of The Jungle Book that’s as much fun as its inspriation. A cover of Rihanna’s hit "Please Don’t Stop The Music" is as vulnerable and full of longing as the original even as he makes it his own, yet "Mixtape", a tribute to the varied music Cullum loves, is an upbeat, even extravagant pop song not miles from Ben Folds. "We Run Things" is slighter--Cullum can’t really do threat--but the concluding "Music Is Through", effectively a house tune anchored by his brother’s stand-up bass, neatly combines several genres to great effect. The playing is great throughout, the songs well chosen and arranged, the result entirely satisfying. If marrying pop and jazz without contrivance was the target, then The Pursuit has succeeded perfectly.--Steve Jelbert

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By S. Higgens on 9 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I have just listened to this album three times in a row and it is absolutely delightful. Jamie this time offers a more mature, well-grounded and wholly original piece of work which cannot fail to grab your attention and make you listen. There's fast and slow, funk and jazz, soul and R&B - in fact there's something for everyone, regardless of what music you are in to. This piece of work had me hooked by the first listen but it gets better every time you listen to it. If you want to dip your toes into Jamie's music, this is the one to buy first. Thereafter, you will be hooked.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By iGlad on 23 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I must admit that I never listen to Jamie Cullum as I thought he was all hype and they were trying to pass him off as another Harry Connick Jnr (great musicican but where did the music career go?). However it was listening to the duet he did on Beady Belle's Belvedere album, which completely blew me away if he's good enough to sing/play with one of my favs Beady Belle then he's good enough for me!! Since then there's been no looking back as he's a great musician who play and sing just like Dudley Moore but trust me he's nothing like Dudley Moore or Harry Connick he's just Jamie Cullum, it's that simple. He kicks things off with a reworking of 'one of those things' and 'I'm all over it' has a very 70's feel to it and I love it. You and Me are Gone will have you shaking your booty around the kitchen ok for those who are musically challenged you'll tap your feet instead! We Run Things has a a great feel to it and I can see a reggae remix of this appearing quite soon. The album has an almost live feel to it and the production is superb. An excellent album

The main reason I'am buying the special edition is for the track Gran Torino, which isn't on the ordinary album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Wilson VINE VOICE on 20 Mar. 2011
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Frankly, any album which has an exploding piano featured as part of it's artwork should not really need reviewing. Add in the most famous and popular British jazz musician of the last decade and really, when you think about, we already know this is going to be fantastic.

Jamie Cullum, everyone's favourite piano stomping, gravelly voiced, jazz making hobbit has finally returned with his new album "The Pursuit", his first album since his cracking 2005 release of "Catching Tales".

There is nothing in his back catalogue which has been disappointing; `These Are The Days', `Pointless Nostalgic', `Oh God', `My Yard' and `Twentysomething' were all amazing songs; so with high hopes I clasp on to his new album which was released this week.

Here is a track by track walk-through of his new record.

01. Just One Of Those Things.
Amazing Cole Porter song, beautifully arranged and performed by Cullum. Classic sounding, smooth and catchy, the song returns Cullum's sound to that of those tracks seen on "Twentysomething". Reminicant of `Too Close For Comfort'. Excellent opening track.

02. I'm All Over It.
Jamie's lead single from the album, simple and lovely, it's not his strongest track ever, but it's a catchy little ditty with a great piano riff and jazz undertones, yet remaining quite commercial. Wouldn't be out of place on a James Morrison or Will Young album.

03. Wheels.
Awesome track. Original and wonderful, Jamie's vocals are deep and soothing. The chorus is lovely and the piano riff is ambient and refreshing. The amazing percussion on this track sounds like a train... stunning.

04. If I Ruled The Word.
Lovely arrangement of this beautiful blues/ballad. Soft and moving.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By scoon2 VINE VOICE on 16 Nov. 2009
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This is Jamie Cullum's most well-rounded album to date.
There are no filler tracks like on previous albums and the jump between the pop tracks and the jazzier songs seems more convincing.Jamie Cullum has also now refined his own distinctive style of singing and has never sounded better.
The real deal and well worth exploring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wesley Gilead on 4 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Jamie has always been a talented musician, his albums show that he can play a variety of different styles.
I already own Twenty Something and Catching Tales, but The Pursuit has a bang about it, I cannot stop listening too it. Mix Tape has a swing about it, makes you want to get up and dance, there are also some slow ones, it makes you want to come home after a hard day and relax with this album and have a glass of red wine.

I will always admire him for his variety of lyrics, he dosent say the same thing over and over again like some artists do. "Tell me when the music is through" is a great song, the melody starts slow and builds up faster.

I dont know what else to say about this album, go and purchase a copy and listen for yourself and be blown away by incredible rythmns and beats, wonderful lyrics and Jamies piano talent!!

The Pursuit is like a story, but with beginning at the end and the end at the beginning!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Paschoud on 25 Jun. 2010
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Two weeks ago I hadn't heard any music by Jamie Cullum but having found myself hooked on "Please don't Stop the music" on YouTube I bought the album. Now without video of exploding pianos (for that track) or multi-generational unicyclists (for "Wheels")would I enjoy the music? Oh Yes.
What a talent for sharing music this man has! Who else could make "If I ruled the World" sound contemporary and for that matter who would think of using the words "Modus operandi" in a song??
Summer listening with all the excitement of being young and in love in a world full of possibilities, opportunities and passions. Happiness cheap at half the price. Buy It!!
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