Extra-ordinary; it’s the only fitting description for a live performance by jazz-pop phenomenon Cullum in his thirtysomething years.
The uber-talented Boy Wonder has gained Momentum (the name of his acclaimed new album), maturing into crazy, genius professor, driven to concoct the unpredictable and unique.
The show opens with Cullum as marching drummer boy centre stage, rapping out Momentum track It’s The Same Things, leaping mid-song into keyboard supremo. Next track more leaping - off his grand piano, an instrument not only putty in his hands but also a string and percussion instrument.
There were past hits aplenty - Get Your Way, the swing-beat of Just One Of Those Things plus Twentysomething, plus a stomping version of Rihanna’s Don’t Stop The Music and jaw-droppingly clever new stuff - Latino-flavoured When I Get Famous and Pure Imagination from the Willy Wonka film (a tribute to wife Sophie’s dad Roald?) - a magical piano and vocal performance. Midway through bluesy Love For Sale he leaps into the audience to croon among fans minutes later beckoned stage-front to party. Three even got to join him on stage. An incredible atmosphere and sublime musicianship from Jamie and his ambidextrous quartet.