Indigo_Dave - Like I said I ran into the transcription video and had to find out more about both Jacob Collier and Cory Henry. I’m always trying to find living people to listen to. I also feel the same about Keith Jarret. I saw him live once and blown A-WAY. Went to the local CD store and listened to something the owner suggested and hated it. Then again the first time I heard Straight No Chaser I didn’t like it either. I got turned on to Thelonious Monk via a book. In the book the main character plays Well You Needn’t and there are snippets of staff/musical notation in the book. I looked it up, and now love Monk.
KlinkKlonk- first killer name!
As far at Jacob’s talent or lack of ... musicality, making something that sounds more like music vs. showing off cool things he’s learned. I think we all have to remember he’s what ...still in his twenties? His vids were made when he was a teen. Most “kids” are all about social media and taking lots of selfies so the self-absorbed nature I don’t blame him for; I think it’s partially due to his age. Also he may have a hard time finding others his age who understood what he was trying to do. He had to do ALL the parts. I think a lot of his videos are his testing things out, seeing if he can do it. Watch him teach a master class and you can see he’s playing, playing around, more than showing off I think. I algree with you we give him a a few more years and he’ll find his own way. Right now, he is trying EVERYTHING .
MR. Shed - totally agree, like said above I prefer him just at the piano. Liking his music... maybe it’s a matter of taste or combination of taste and understanding. I read he comes from a family that sung Bach for fun?!
It kills me he can tell how out tune most pianos are, due to relative tuning. That’s beyond having perfect pitch to me, but I have Zero ear.. is there a thing called having reverse pitch? hehe
He is alien, but we’ve seen this alien before. Not my taste but doesn’t the singer from Maroon 5 also play a bunch of instruments? My grandfather could hear a song once, and replicate the melody on piano, guitar, clarinet and the violin. I’m not saying if he had access to lots of instruments and the time and dedication to learn them all my grandfathers would have been a Jacob, but I think money and access has a lot to do with it also Who’s parents can or even will buy their kid a guitar and a bass, drum set, more than one keyboard at a time?
Here’s a quote from 2016 article about his room. “ It’s an Aladdin’s cave of musical instruments. Ukuleles, basses, tenor guitars, bouzoukis, banjos and mandolins hang from the ceiling. A Bengali ektara and a balafon stand atop an upright piano. A drum kit and a double bass are surrounded by tablas and djembeles. Synthesisers are piled on top of synthesisers.”
Yes, you could give me that room and I’d still only pluck out a version of Stairway to Heaven that would make even the most patient Guitar Center employee cringe, but I think there are more aliens. They just may not all have the time, money and high speed internet required.