When putting together his new album, Momentum, Jamie Cullum was faced with a dilemma. He had recorded a version of Pure Imagination, from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, the 1971 musical adapted from the 1964 book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl – or, as Cullum would be entitled to view the late author, his grandfather-in-law. In January 2010 the jazz pianist and songwriter married Sophie Dahl, daughter of Roald’s daughter Tessa.
At one point he had 15 songs jostling for space on an album whose tracklisting he wanted to keep at a round and snappy dozen. Whether or not to include Pure Imagination was a tough decision. Cullum is all too aware of the irony of his covering the song, not least in light of his previous reluctance to discuss his relationship with the woman with the famous last-name he met in 2007. “But I’ve been playing that song for years,” he avers... Continue reading
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