Terrace Martin cannot be boxed in. The Crenshaw saxophonist has made a habit out of adding his touch to various jazz elements in hip-hop over the years, especially on his native West Coast. Martin’s moved from crafting mixtapes that nearly got him hit with a lawsuit via Kim Kardashian to being part of Kendrick Lamar’s traveling band that includes Anna Wise, Thundercat & more. He’s added color to plenty of records, “The Blacker The Berry” from To Pimp A Butterfly, “Real” from good kid, m.A.A.d city, “Twist My Fingaz” from YG & more. He’s family to Snoop Dogg and one of the more lowkey secret weapons in music today.

Martin’s Velvet Portraits album, outfitted with the singles “Valdez Off Crenshaw” & the Tribe Called Quest tribute, “Tribe Called West” arrived on iTunes last night. Along with records featuring Kamasi Washington, Tone Trezure & Rose Gold, Martin even brings out some of the sweeping arrangements he laid down for TPAB, reworking “Mortal Man” for Velvet Portraits closing moments & “Curly Martin”, where the original spool found on “The Blacker The Berry” is spun out for a longer strand.

You can stream Velvet Portraits from Terrace Martin below. Via his Bandcamp page, you can purchase the album digitally or a physical CD.

Terrace Martin, Velvet Portraits Tracklist
01. “Velvet Portraits”
02. “Valdez Off Crenshaw”
03. “Push”
04. “With You”
05. “Curly Martin”
06. “Never Enough”
07. “Turkey Taco”
08. “Patiently Waiting” (feat. Uncle Chucc & The Emotions)
09. “Tribe Called West”
12. “Think Of You”
13. “Reverse”
14. “Mortal Man”