Jamie strikes the right note with appreciative Torquay audience
Princess Theatre, Torquay
"'Thank you Torquay' is not something I expected to be saying," said Jamie Cullum half way through his set, before telling us about countless family holidays spent there, about how this was his favourite part of the country and how his parents were in the audience.
If anyone hadn't already fallen in love with him, the warmth of his chat would have won them over.
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Jamie wowed us with his consummate musicianship, and that of his band of virtuoso multi-instrumentalists, entertained us by bouncing around the auditorium and dancing on the piano.
Songs from his new album, Momentum, featured prominently, commencing with Same Things which saw the band and Jamie, centre stage, beating drum rhythms in a dramatic percussion-fuelled opener.
There was heavy emphasis on raw rhythms with Jamie turning his baby grand into a percussive instrument, tapping its various parts, plucking it's strings, even slamming the lid while singing and playing the odd sustained chord in one particularly impressive display.
Just about every track was presented with a different musical treatment; Love For Sale, echoed to a sinister drum and bass groove with eerie synth sound effect, Edge of Something showcased perfect pop sensibility, When I Get Famous was pure fun, with bossa nova edge, and there were a couple of piano-led ballads. Jazz fans were treated to numerous virtuoso flourishes, well- timed solos and improvisations.
By the time Twenty Something, became Thirty Something the euphoric crowd members were on their feet, clapping, dancing, singing and having a ball after an hour and a half's performance of pure class.
The evening had started in style with a superb set from local band Matthew and Me, selected by Jamie as his support act.