Ever restless, Terrace came right out of the Kendrick sessions blazing - producing for YG and Herbie Hancock simultaneously while putting the finishing touches on his next solo release - Velvet Portraits.
Choosing a groundbreaking path, he chose to release the album on his new label - Sounds Of Crenshaw, and join the growing family of label imprints in the Ropeadope collaborative network. "... The Sound Of Crenshaw is in everything I touch, from Kendrick to Herbie. So, with SOC I'm gonna bring it all back and give y'all the whole package: 100% the Sound of Crenshaw." Velvet Portraits, a 2017 Grammy Nominated record for Best R&B Album, is a wide ranging record with a common distinct style.
With a core band of Terrace Martin on sax, Curly Martin on drums, Brandon Eugene Owens on bass, and Robert 'Sput' Searight on keys, Velvet Portraits also features appearances from Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, Thundercat, Rose Gold, Tiffany Gouche, Marlon Williams and more. Recorded in Omaha, Nebraska and Los Angeles, Velvet Portraits portrays the evolution of Martin as a player, producer, and a musician with a deep sense of history.
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