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Jamie Cullum: Profession of Jazz

Upending the notions of jazz, Jamie Cullum is the splash of colour that redefined the world of melodic pop.

Surly vocals and elaborate chops on the keys, Cullum has achieved critical acclaim for his vibrant mix of originality. His depth of character is fully flourished in his music too, with his ability to swoon us with emphatic ballads to witty pop in a matter of song listings. Cullum first broke into the scene back in 2002 with Pointless Nostalgic and 2003’s Twentysomething. Dazzled with classic retellings of jazz classics and emotional originals that slotted beautifully within each, Twentysomething broke the foundations of the complexity of jazz and Cullum became a household name over night.

His complexion to intermingle within genres didn’t stop there though. Cullum subsequently released Catching Tales in 2005 and The Pursuit in 2009, which embraced his soft rock – pop progressive ballads and careened beautiful showings of his songwriting material with bold-and-brash Get Your Way, witty ramblings of Nothing I Do, and of course, sombre ballad retellings with Love Ain’t Gonna Let You Down.

For fans of both enjoyable soft pop work and the establishment of jazz with orchestral styles, Jamie Cullum is a singer-songwriter for the ages. His most recent release in 2o19, Taller, established Jamie’s talents and allowed him to break the top ten in record sales. My favourites from this record have to be the fancy-and-fast of Usher and the enchanting dazzle of Marlon Brando, that is seen to be on the B Side for this one.

Prolific in sound, voice and immense piano chops, Jamie Cullum is a redefining motion in the industry.

Cullum ultimately cements himself further as a music anomaly every new record he releases.

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I made a playlist: Melt Jazz

You lovely lot wanted it, so here it is. In a new series I’m calling – I made a playlist – we go through each playlist drawn up, and best of all, make it a collaborative work space, so you can add your own personal vibes to it, too!

Interlaced with the chill of instrumental beats, to the cacophony of classical jazz from Blue Note Editions and finally landing on acts of pure brilliance from individuals, my aptly named collaborative playlist, Melt Jazz, is the perfect music to melt away to. Whether it be the daily commuters in New York submerging on the subway, or the relaxed creatives with their lattes and espressos pencil pushing onto their next artistic flair, the playlist is perfect for everyone willing to get into the vibes of Jazz.

Best played with the biggest rainbow you’ve ever seen out.

This playlist was made in anticipation for me to travel to New York this year, but we all know what happened to scupper those plans. Ah well, maybe next year. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I did putting together for all of you.

25 tracks. Melt Jazz. Give it a whirl below. It’s collaborative too, so why not give it a spin, get a feel for its vibe and start adding your own?