Jamie Cullum’s latest album, Interlude, signals a change in approach for this ambitious artist. For one thing, it wasn’t initially intended to be an album at all. Choosing to finance the project himself and not telling his label, Cullum went into the studio with producer Benedic Lamdin and Lamdin's band Nostalgia 77 in January 2013, recording a collection of songs in a mere three days. That experiment evolved into Interlude. Although Cullum considers it his first album of pure jazz, Interlude does include covers of songs by Sufjan Stevens and Randy Newman. Nevertheless, the decision to dive headlong into an exploration of eclectic jazz standards is what sets this project apart from anything else Cullum has ever done.