[Albums You Should Love] Terrace Martin – “Velvet Portraits”

 

 

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Grammy award winning producer/musician Terrace Martin released an album on April 1st. He is most notably known for his contribution on Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly”. From the beginning of the album to the end— he creates an endless vibe of warmness, and inviting energy with his alto saxophone.  Donny Hathaway’s “Valdez in the Country” adds a progressive sound, and complements well to “Valdez off Crenshaw”. He also adds a California, modern G-Funk vibe to records such as “With You”, and “Turkey Taco”. This album features the legendary group The Emotions, Lalah HathawayRobert Glasper, Thundercat, and many more musicians/singers. “Patiently Waiting” has a blues/gospel arrangment  harmonies/background from The Emotions. So many outstanding blends of sounds, a nice gumbo pot of blues, jazz, hip hop, classical, funk, and R&B. He uses the vocoder on “Mortal Man” which adds a nice touch to the song. It blended perfectly with the saxophone and organ. The musicality, and instrumentation is at an supreme level of elite on this album. To all the musicians/singers credited, your contribution is appreciated. This album sells nothing short of a relaxed, warm and magnetic vibe. It is a definite kickback type of album, that has high replay value in any kind of setting.

 

 

Velvet Portraits is available now on all digital outlets.