Here were are in July, more than halfway through 2020. For a lot of us, that means the majority of the year has been spent working from home. The transition from the corner office to the kitchen table hasn’t been easy. But for multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier, it’s a return to form. After all, this is an artist who made his name producing a genre-defying debut album from his bedroom.
Recently, Collier showed off some of what he’s been working on with a mind-bending video performance for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, in which, through a trick of camera magic, he appears as every member of a four-piece band. And last week, he officially announced the release of Djesse Vol. 3, the third installment of his GRAMMY-winning four-album series. It will be available August 14 on Hajanga/Decca/Interscope. Says the press release, “Vol. 3 is the most unconfined and collaborative display of Collier’s songwriting, performing and producing to date, bringing Daniel Caesar, Jessie Reyez, Kiana Ledé, Kimbra, Mahalia, Rapsody, T-Pain, Tank and The Bangas, Tori Kelly, and Ty Dolla $ign on a trip into what he describes as negative acoustic space.”
The single “He Won’t Hold You,” featuring North Carolina-born rapper Rapsody, is part of our JAZZIZ Discover Playlist for the week of July 20, along with tracks by Jamie Cullum, Bill Frisell and Jimmy Heath.
As writer Whitney Balliett once said, “Jazz is the sound of surprise.” Our Weekly Discover playlist will take your ears to new places with the latest sounds from your favorite artists — and some you should definitely get to know. Catch up on albums that came out over the weekend, newly released singles and other tunes that may have flown under your radar. Stream now on Spotify or on your favorite music service using the links below.
Photo of Jacob Collier by Dyan Jong
He Won’t Hold You (feat. Rapsody)
Jacob Collier, Rapsody
Don’t Give Up On Me
Keep Your Eyes Open
Black Art Jazz Collective
Jimmy Heath, Cécile McLorin Salvant
Free As a Bird
Haley Reinhart, Casey Abrams
BK Bossa Nova
Glenn Zaleski, Yotam Silberstein
Gracias a La Vida
Todas Las Voces
Tony Davis, David Bryant, Dezron Douglas, Eric McPherson
Marcin Wasilewski Trio, Joe Lovano