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    Singer-pianist Jamie Cullum has always been a “record nerd” at heart.


    And it’s that passion for digging up obscure recordings that distinguishes his new CD “Interlude” from other retro “standards” collections.


    Since his breakthrough 2005 album “Twentysomething nike air force 1 mid womens ,” the 35-year-old Cullum, Britain’s biggest-selling jazz artist of all time, has increasingly emphasized his songwriting. His 2013 album, “Momentum,” mostly featured his own pop songs offering a personal take on the transition from youth into adulthood.


    But “Interlude” marks a return to straight-ahead jazz. It’s Cullum’s first album since his self-released 1999 debut “Heard It All Before” without any original compositions.


    Cullum says the new album wouldn’t exist if he hadn’t been asked in 2010 to host the weekly BBC Radio 2 jazz show — Europe’s most popular jazz broadcast. He says his interviews with such jazz greats as Dave Brubeck and Wynton Marsalis inspired him to reconnect with jazz.


    “Doing this radio show. … I’ve been reinvigorated into the world of jazz again nike air force 1 high royal blue ,” said Cullum, interviewed at a Greenwich Village coffee house.


    Cullum formed an instant bond with one guest, producer Benedic Lamdin, a fellow “record nerd” who runs the London-based band Nostalgia 77. They had both discovered jazz as teenagers through hip-hop recordings that sampled jazz.


    Cullum asked Lamdin to produce a recording session at Nostalgia 77’s London studio. He didn’t want to do another Rat Pack-era standards album like Michael Buble and Rob Stewart.


    “This was almost like an anti smooth pop-jazz record,” Cullum said. “This is a real nod to a certain era of jazz with a connection to the blues nike air force 1 high white mens , New Orleans and Harlem, and pre-1950s big band arranging.”


    As producer, Lamdin said he tried to capture the energy of Cullum’s live shows. The album was recorded in the old-style way — live in the studio with all the musicians in one room, with no overdubbing.


    “I think ‘Interlude’ shows a singer at a certain point of maturity in an already considerable career,” Lamdin said in an email.


    The Blue Note album offers an eclectic mix of songs reflecting a record nerd’s perspective. The title track is inspired by Sarah Vaughan’s vocal version of Dizzy Gillespie’s “A Night in Tunisia.” There are familiar standards such as “My One and Only Love”; more obscure jazz tunes such as Cannonball Adderley’s “Sack o’ Woe”; a Ray Charles R&B tune nike air force 1 high red , “Don’t You Know;” “Lovesick Blues,” popularized by Hank Williams; a Harold ArlenJohnny Mercer composition “Out of This World,” and even several contemporary songs such as Sufjan Stevens’ “The Seer’s Tower.”


    Cullum sings duets with two up-and-coming singers he featured on his radio show. He recorded the Billie Holiday classic “Good Morning Heartache” with British R&B vocalist Laura Mvula. “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” based on Nina Simone’s version, finds Cullum and American Gregory Porter playing two guys battling over a girl.


    In another departure nike air force 1 high black suede , Cullum left most of the piano playing to Nostalgia 77’s Ross Stanley, so he could focus on his vocals.


    “When I did ‘Twentysomething,’ I could still hear someone trying to shake off the influence of Harry Connick Jr.,” Cullum said. “I don’t hear that anymore on ‘Interlude’ … I’m much more of a singer now, much more in control of my voice.”


    Cullum recently opened some concerts for Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden — an experience he says inspired him to tap into his songwriter side on his next album.


    “I love the idea of doing a songwriter’s record and then a jazz record because it keeps you really fresh nike air force 1 high sale ,” he said.


    JERUSALEM, July 9 (Xinhua) — Two Israelis have been held in captivity in Gaza during the past several months after crossing the border into the strip on separate occasions, an Israeli court cleared for publication on Thursday.


    An Ethiopian-Israeli, Avraham Mengistu, from the southern coastal city of Ashkelon nike air force 1 low pink womens , crossed the border into the Gaza Strip in September 2014 and is believed to have been held captive since then by Hamas.


    It has been revealed as the Ashkelon magistrate court in southern Israel lifted a gag order at the request of Israeli newspapers Ha’aretz and Yedioth Aharonot.


    The other person, whose name was not released, is apparently a Bedouin-Israeli from southern Israel who had crossed several times into the strip in the past, the Israeli Defense Ministry said in a statement.


    The two cases do not appear to be related, and no further information has been released on the Bedouin man who is believed to be in Gaza.


    According to the Hebrew-based Walla news website nike air force 1 low grey womens , Mengistu was last seen by witnesses jumping over the border fence with Gaza in the area of Zikim beach in the southern Israeli coastal plain.


    Israeli officials believe that Mengistu is still alive. It is not certain at the moment whether Hamas is still holding him or whether the organization has freed him and let him go to the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, an official told Xinhua.


    In any case Israel is “continuing efforts to bring the incident to a close and bring home the Israeli citizen,” according to an official statement.


    Mengistu’s family, in the meantime, complained of racism in the handling of the disappearance of their son nike air force 1 low black mens , adding that if he were white, the reaction by Israeli officials would have been different. The family, according to the Ha’aretz daily, had not met with the Israeli prime minister and did not receive a response from him over a letter they sent regarding the incident.


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