Paul McCartney 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 BBC Radio 2 on Tuesday, 7th February 2012 at 7pm.
“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!”
Paul talks to Jamie about the role jazz has played in his life, from growing up listening to his father’s jazz band to their mutual love of Fats Waller.
Paul reflects on his days with The Beatles, from his and John Lennon’s 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 I’m in the studio…I was kind of half expecting it to be a bit Vegas-y. But then I go in there and I’m thinking “we really musn’t do that, it’s not gonna sound honest enough. I thought I’ve gotta mean these songs.”
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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 Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and everyone went "you what?" I said, "I’m getting that feeling again…"
Previous Jamie Cullum interviews for BBC Radio 2 have included two-part specials with Clint Eastwood and Dave Brubeck, and special features with Nigel Kennedy, Kate Bush, Lars Ulrich, Wynton Marsalis and Pat Metheny.
“Jamie's jazz show has become a key part of the Radio 2 schedule over the past 18 months, and I'd like to congratulate him on his forthcoming special with Paul McCartney as it's a very special listen.”
Lewis Carnie, Head of Programming, BBC Radio 2
Jamie’s show is made for BBC Radio 2 by award-winning independent production company Folded Wing.
Maida Vale sessions are recorded for the Jamie Cullum show twice a month and have included the likes of Robert Glasper, Brad Mehldau, Gregory Porter, Bobby McFerrin, The Kit Downes Trio, Dame Cleo Laine and The Bad Plus. Future sessions will include Gretchen Parlato, Empirical and Tigran Hamasyan.
The special Paul McCartney interview will air on Tuesday, 7th February.
Jamie Cullum is broadcast on BBC Radio 2 every Tuesday night from 7-8pm and is produced by Karen Pearson for Folded Wing.
Folded Wing was named Indie of the Year at the 2011 Radio Production Awards, and produce a range of programmes and digital content for the BBC and commercial clients.
Paul McCartney releases his new album ’Kisses On The Bottom’ on
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