Artist Introduction: Jacob Collier

Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, singer, videographer — all things Jacob Collier does on a scale of exceptional to superb.

He recently released an album, In My Room, and below is one of the songs from that album. He’s barely into his 20s and has already shown that he ain’t messing around, most notably becoming the protegé of Quincy Jones; other Collier fans include Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.

Jacob Collier – Hajanga

My rating (careful — it’s complicated):

♦ – One of my current favorite artists

0 – Definitely needs a listen

0 – He’s okay

0 – Not recommended, but go ahead, it’s a free country

0 – Stay away…seriously

0 – This choice is clearly not needed.


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Music In My Ears: Jacob Collier, KT Tunstall, And The Journey Collective

And…drumroll please.

Here’s another edition of Music In My Ears.

Jacob Collier

“Hideaway” as been on repeat in my headphones. Collier plays several (dozens?) of instruments (all very well), he has a unique, Jono-McCleery-like voice, and writes/records his own music.

KT Tunstall

If you haven’t heard her name, you’ve at least heard her music. She’s written “Suddenly I See” and “Black Horse And The Cherry Tree,” among others. The podcast Song Exploder features her in a very interesting episode.

The Journey Collective

Maybe the best version of this song I’ve heard. This has also been playing over and over in my ears.


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Ben Saylor’s #JazzClones

Ben Saylor, a multi-instrumentalist and teacher of music, started something he’s dubbed #JazzClones. And it’s marvelous.

He videos himself many times over, each time singing or playing a different part. Other artists, like Jacob Collier, have done this before. But Saylor nails it.

Check out these videos to see what I mean.

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