Jamie Cullum, the British Prince of Jazz has been in exploratory territory for some time now. And that’s a good thing. It would be a dashing of his artistry if his return were comprised of nothing more than a set of restrained jazz standards, manipulated and covered by many-an-artist, designating him a perfunctory performer at best, entertaining expats at a Sheraton in Hong Kong.
Fortunately, after his most experimental body of work, The Pursuit, Mr. Cullum has more magnificent and imposing results up his sleeve. “Love For Sale” taken from Momentum is certainly jazz driven, but has the funk and drive to please hip-hop devotees. The track’s blueprint is Cole Porter’s matching title track, yet it is served with a compelling rap by Roots Manuva, defining a genre perhaps best described as urban jazz.
Momentum will be released in May.