Reviewed by Matt Dentler, Fri., Dec. 24, 2004
Jamie CullumLive at Blenheim Palace (Verve/Universal)
Britpop/jazz piano man Jamie Cullum's mastery of the stage can't be denied. From the kick-start of "I Get a Kick Out of You," the 24-year-old spends two hours proving he's a talent on the rise. This hybrid performance film/tour doc weaves beautifully captured songs with backstage moments during Cullum's world trek of 2004. The real show here is the performance at Blenheim Palace, caught at dusk July 1. The sublime setting helps Cullum originals ("All at Sea") and covers (Beach Boys' "God Only Knows") become rousing, jazz-friendly statements.