Paul McCartney accorded an interview to Jamie Cullum about his upcoming album Kisses on the Bottom coming out on February 6, 2012. It is a collection of standards that Paul grew up listening to, they inspired both his songwriting and his love of jazz.
The exclusive interview will be aired on Jamie ‘s weekly jazz show on BBC Radio 2 on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, at 7 pm.
“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 him all day.”
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. He also reflects on his days with The Beatles, from his and John Lennon’s shared love of composers 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 says.
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 was half expecting it to be a bit Vegas-y. But then I go in the studio 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,” he tells Jamie.
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.