Listen Again: Interview with Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 2
Paul met Jamie Cullum for a very special, in-depth interview about
his brand new album Kisses on the Bottom, a collection of standards
that Paul grew up listening to as a child that went on to inspire him
as a songwriter and his love of jazz. This exclusive interview is to
be aired on Jamie's weekly jazz show on Tuesday,
7thFebruary 2012 at 7pm.
If you missed the live show you can listen again by clicking here
" Chatting to Sir Paul about jazz was a dream come true. Hearing all
those amazing stories about The Beatles was incredible, I could have
listened to Sir Paul all day. This is exactly why I love doing my
BBC Radio 2 show so much!" Jamie Cullum
Paul talks to Jamie about the role jazz has played in his life,
from growing up listening to his fathers jazz band to their mutual
love of Fats Waller.
Paul reflects on his days with The Beatles, from his and John
Lennons shared love of composers such as Gershwin and Cole Porter to
how jazz subtly informed the way The Beatles approached their compositions.
"I met John and we both realized we both loved this old
stuff. Two of his favourite songs were Close Your Eyes and Little
White Lies and I liked that about John, I thought - I can get along
with this guy." Paul McCartney
He also talks in-depth with Jamie about his current album of jazz
standards and original compositions Kisses On The Bottom, recorded at
the world-famous Capitol Record studios in Los Angeles.
Paul tells Jamie how the album came together, from the initial
inspiration to the great collaborations, what it was like working with
Diana Krall and producer Tommy LiPuma, and how his vocal style on the
album was influenced by Chet Baker.
"When I started making the record Im in the studio I was kind
of half expecting it to be a bit Vegas-y. But then I go in there and
Im thinking we really musn't do that, it's not gonna sound honest
enough. I thought I've gotta mean these songs. " Paul McCartney
We also hear what happened when Paul first told his record company
about the title for the album 'Kisses on the Bottom', and its
connection to Fats Waller.
"I said, Listen - the first time I ever remembered this
phenomenon of people really sort of cringing with a name was when we
told them we were called The Beatles. Everyone went Ugh, creepy
crawly insects then we did Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band and everyone went "you what?" I said, "I'm getting
that feeling again" Paul McCartney
The special Paul McCartney interview will air on Tuesday, 7thFebruary.