Jamie Cullum has announced his imminent return with a new album and live dates. ‘Interlude’ will be released as the follow-up to his 2013 set ‘Momentum’ by Island Records on October 6, featuring guest appearances by Laura Mvula and Gregory Porter.
The first single from the set is a new interpretation of the much-covered Nina Simone classic that was made into a pop hit by the Animals, ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,’ on which Cullum and Porter duet. The track had its first national airplay yesterday (August 28) on Ken Bruce’s show on BBC Radio 2 in the UK. Mvula features on a remake of ‘Good Morning Heartache,’ which was recorded by Billie Holiday in 1946.
‘Interlude’ comprises 12 tracks chiefly drawn from the early days of jazz, and in keeping with that spirit, was recorded live in one room in north London, with 20 musicians over the course of three days. Jamie’s producer for the project is Ben Lamdin, otherwise known as Nostalgia 77. Other songs to get the Cullum treatment include ‘Don’t You Know,’ ‘Sack O’ Woe’ and ‘My One And Only Love.’
Cullum played material from the album during his Cheltenham Jazz Festival show in May, then at the Jazz a Vienne festival in France, which was filmed for the 17-track live DVD that will be part of the deluxe version of the record. Jamie will perform at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in London on September 17 and 18, with two sets each night, and then starts a run of shows in Berlin and Amsterdam.