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Good luck pigeonholing Terrace Martin; on Velvet Portraits, the L.A. producer/saxophonist (who entered the limelight working with Kendrick Lamar) creates a wildly creative collision of jazz, soul, funk, and hip-hop that’s loaded with guests and restless creativity. Case in point? Take “Valdez off Crenshaw”—a wah-wah-infused, organ-driven instrumental based on a Donny Hathaway tune. Martin dresses it up with whistling synth leads and Zappa-esque guitars. Want to go further out? Take “Turkey Taco,” a showpiece of Outkast-inspired freakiness with a rubbery synth-bass, purring backup singers, and an off-kilter acoustic piano. When it’s time to come back, try “Patiently Waiting,” a soulful, sweat-soaked blues throwback featuring a gloriously gutsy vocal from Uncle Chucc or the simmering R&B of “Think of You." Weird, wonderful, and impossible to pin down, this is future-soul music from a musician who elegantly connects the music of Stax to the streets of Compton and beyond.

Customer Reviews

Simply Amazing

He went back to his jazz roots while still keeping the RnB Neo-soul vibe. Terrace really out did himself on this album. Incredible masterpiece!!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

Ahhh Jazz

I saw Terrace live recently and if his album is any way as good as his live show, it will be a stellar piece of work. I love his collaborative spirit and genuine love of jazz, soul, rhythm and blues and hip hop music. I look forward to hearing his offering.

Inspired

Inspiring. Refreshing and uplifting !

Biography

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A multi-instrumentalist, rapper, singer, and producer from Los Angeles, California, Terrace Martin spent nearly a decade behind the scenes before dropping his debut album in 2013. The first record the young Martin bought was EPMD's single "You Gots to Chill," and while his love of hip-hop grew afterward, he also began to appreciate Michael Jackson and discovered jazz thanks to Jackson's regular producer, Quincy Jones. He picked up the saxophone, landed a gig playing sax with P. Diddy at just 17,...
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