the pollyseeds sounds of crenshaw vol. 1

The Pollyseeds’ Sounds Of Crenshaw Vol. 1 is here.

Terrace Martin’s impact on the LA jazz scene hasn’t gone unnoticed. His work on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly may be his biggest in terms of public appreciation but Martin’s been around for a long while, curating music for Devi Dev, Snoop Dogg and a laundry list of others. He’s also released two albums of his own in Velvet Portraits and 3 Chord Fold. Now Martin’s crafted arguably a superteam of musicians for his new band, The Pollyseeds.

Try this on for a list of rotating members: Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, Rose Gold, Chachi (a.k.a. Problem), Brandon Owens, Marlon Williams, Trevor Lawrence Jr. and plenty more. All contribute in some form or fashion to Sounds of Crenshaw Vol. 1, the Pollyseeds’ debut album. Stretched across 13 tracks is the energy of Los Angeles, from both jazz appreciation to hip-hop.

Glasper and Martin tandem for a cover of the Janet Jackson classic, “Funny How Time Flies.” Rose Gold and Problem make their voice and presence felt on records such as “Intentions” and “You and Me” but the power of the album is found in its composition. “Mama D / Leimert Park” incorporates simple break beats and wrap them around Martin’s signature saxophone flutter while “Wake Up” slowly parades about, grouping together a solemn piano melody with weary play from Martin himself.

Hear Sounds of Crenshaw Vol. 1 from The Pollyseeds below. Purchase the album on iTunes.