Review: Jamie Cullum, Portsmouth Guildhall

Jamie Cullum pulled off a mesmerising performance as part of his ‘Momentum’ Tour proving he truly is a master of many musical talents.

After being hailed as one of the best young Jazz musicians around, it was clear that improvisation was a love of his throughout the set. His tour introduced a new Jamie, one that loves pop/rock music, jumping off pianos, dancing with fans and making people laugh. His stage presence and music just can’t be labelled.

His setlist included a mixture of old and new tracks, many from his new album ‘Momentum’ which was released in May.

He also varied up the songs with a few covers, including the recent track, ‘Royals’ by Lorde. This track alone showed off his true ability to improvise as he tapped away on the piano frame performing it without music. It really was a powerful yet interesting performance.

Jamie is undoubtedly an amazing musician, but so is his band. The second track of the night, ‘Get your way’ exposed their true talent and beauty as a band. They then out did themselves throughout the concert, showing their true music ability in tracks such as ‘Everything you didn’t do,’ ‘It was just one of those things’.

The audience was varied. No specific age range, but what was clear, was that they loved his musical talent and ability to perform. Not only can he sing, he can entertain.

Throughout the concert Jamie interacted in a way with the audience that is rarely seen in the music industry. He replied to fans calling out, he danced with them in the crowd, got them to sing, got them off their chairs to dance, and even got them all to jump.

Not only could he get the audience involved and be part of the production, but he also had the ability to stun them into silence. Many of his songs contained feelings and emotions, leaving the audience shocked by the simplicity yet, beauty of his voice.

After closing the concert with his band, Jamie returned for the encore on his own to perform ‘Gran Torino’ leaving the audience in silence. It was the perfect finale after such a powerful concert as it showed the true affect his musical talent has on an audience.

He truly is a master of music, and I feel privileged to have seen him perform.


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