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Jazz Pianist, Crooner Jamie Cullum Bends Genres

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Jazz Pianist, Crooner Jamie Cullum Bends Genres

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Jazz Pianist, Crooner Jamie Cullum Bends Genres

Jazz Pianist, Crooner Jamie Cullum Bends Genres

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Songs played by Jamie Cullum for 'World Cafe':

  • "Get Your Way"
  • "Photograph"
  • "London Skies"

Genre-bending singer and songwriter Jamie Cullum has become a star by putting his mark on jazz piano. His new music uses the instrument to explore a variety of styles, from hip hop to ballads.

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The Brit's new album, Catching Tales, is a collection of original compositions, jazz standards, and savvy covers of rock and pop classics.

The songs range from "I Only Have Eyes for You" to a rendition of the Doves' "Catch the Sun." That eclecticism springs partly from Cullum's collaborators on the record — one song is the product of work with Dan the Automator, while another pairs Cullum with singer Ed Harcourt.

Catching Tales is Cullum's follow-up to Twentysomething, his Grammy-nominated debut on the Verve label.

This interview first aired on Nov. 18, 2005.

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