JAZZIZ Weekly Discover Playlist: July 21, 2020

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


Listen on:

He Won’t Hold You (feat. Rapsody)
Jacob Collier, Rapsody

Don’t Give Up On Me
Jamie Cullum

Keep Your Eyes Open
Bill Frisell

Birdie’s Bounce
Black Art Jazz Collective

Left Alone
Jimmy Heath, Cécile McLorin Salvant
Love Letter

Mak Attack
Makaya McCraven

Free As a Bird
Haley Reinhart, Casey Abrams

BK Bossa Nova
Glenn Zaleski, Yotam Silberstein
The Question

Gracias a La Vida
Eva Cortés
Todas Las Voces

John Finley
Soul Singer

Night Ride
Tony Davis, David Bryant, Dezron Douglas, Eric McPherson
Golden Year

Marcin Wasilewski Trio, Joe Lovano
Arctic Riff

Ray Mantilla

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