Genre-bending singer and songwriter Jamie Cullum has become a star by putting his mark on jazz piano. His new music uses the instrument to explore a variety of styles, from hip hop to ballads.
The Brit's new album, Catching Tales, is a collection of original compositions, jazz standards, and savvy covers of rock and pop classics.
The songs range from "I Only Have Eyes for You" to a rendition of the Doves' "Catch the Sun." That eclecticism springs partly from Cullum's collaborators on the record — one song is the product of work with Dan the Automator, while another pairs Cullum with singer Ed Harcourt.
Catching Tales is Cullum's follow-up to Twentysomething, his Grammy-nominated debut on the Verve label.
This interview first aired on Nov. 18, 2005.