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The Pursuit [CD/DVD]
0. DISC 1:
1. Just One of Those Things
2. I'm All Over It
4. If I Ruled the World
5. You and Me are Gone
6. Don't Stop the Music
7. Love Ain't Gonna Let You Down
9. I Think, I Love
10. We Run Things
11. Not While I'm Around
12. Music Is Through
13. I Love This
14. Gran Torino [From Gran Torino]
15. Grace is Gone
16. Don't Stop the Music [Live from the Oak Room] - (live)
0. DISC 2:
1. Just One of Those Things - (live)
2. If I Ruled the World - (live)
3. Don't Stop the Music - (live)
4. Love Ain't Gonna Let You Down - (live)
5. Mixtape - (live)
6. Jamie Cullum "Track by Track" Interview - (live)
7. Twentysomething - (live)
8. You Don't Know What Love Is - (live)
9. Caravan - (live)
10. All at Sea - (live)
11. Get Your Way - (live)
12. So They Say - (live)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 13655
Dyre Gormsen; Ronald Trijber; Dae Bennett; Luke Tozour; Michael Stevens; Joe Chiccarelli; Ryan Hewitt
Personnel: Jamie Cullum (vocals, piano).
Audio Mixers: Thomas Juth; Greg Wells; Ryan Hewitt.
Recording information: Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ (07/07/0209); Rocket Carousel Studios, LA (07/07/0209); Sunhatch Studios, London (07/07/0209); Sunset Sound Studios, LA (07/07/0209); Terrified Studios, London (07/07/0209); The Miles Davis Hall, Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerla (07/07/0209); The North Sea Jazz Feastival (07/07/0209); The Oak Room, NYC (07/07/0209); Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ (10/04/2009); Rocket Carousel Studios, LA (10/04/2009); Sunhatch Studios, London (10/04/2009); Sunset Sound Studios, LA (10/04/2009); Terrified Studios, London (10/04/2009); The Miles Davis Hall, Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerla (10/04/2009); The North Sea Jazz Feastival (10/04/2009); The Oak Room, NYC (10/04/2009); Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ (2009); Rocket Carousel Studios, LA (2009); Sunhatch Studios, London (2009); Sunset Sound Studios, LA (2009); Terrified Studios, London (2009); The Miles Davis Hall, Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerla (2009); The North Sea Jazz Feastival (2009); The Oak Room, NYC (2009).
Director: Eduard Huis.
Photographers: Marc Silver; Anthony Dickenson; Kit Lynch-Robinson.
Jamie Cullum tipped too heavily toward coffeehouse electronica on his fourth album, Catching Tales, obscuring his charms as both a jazzy pianist and a soft rock crooner, so he wisely scales back to his strengths on The Pursuit. Despite a brassy opening cover of Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things," The Pursuit is hardly a retreat to Harry Connick, Jr. territory. Cullum anchors himself within melodic soft rock, providing a base for incorporating both his jazz and persistent electronica infatuations. Since The Pursuit is produced as a pop album, those electronica flourishes wind up seeming seamless, underscoring what Cullum does best: unabashedly mainstream adult pop, whether it's the insistent rush of "Mixtape" or the wonderful `70s throwback "I'm All Over It." Much of The Pursuit mines this fertilely mellow vein, producing a bunch of understatedly melodic music whose consistency suggests that Cullum realizes his strength as a soft rock singer/songwriter. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Entertainment Weekly (p.69) - "[T]hink Ben Folds' brand of guitarless, percussive piano rock, with an occasional house beat thrown in."
Down Beat (p.48) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he infectiousness of 'I'm All Over It' is obvious -- an Elton John homage that Ben Folds or Keene would be proud to call their own."
JazzTimes (p.51) - "The fetching results demonstrate just how well this eclectic musical chef can cook when all the right ingredients are in place."
Billboard - "THE PURSUIT is his first collection of songs to capture his energy-filled live shows on record....He steps effortlessly among jazz, dance and intimate singer/songwriter fare."
Q (Magazine) (p.111) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]tomping piano pop hits, supper-club R&B and finger-clickin' ruminations on the state of the planet..."
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