Velvet Portraits

Velvet Portraits

by Terrace MartinTerrace Martin


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Out of his many solo projects through 2016, Velvet Portraits is Terrace Martin's most concentrated work. As with the releases that preceded it, styles continually bump against one another and mingle -- freewheeling funk and gritty throwback soul are abundant -- but this one involves no rapping. Some of the ideas were cooked up while Martin was working on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, an album with which this shares a couple elements and some personnel. It plays out like it was conceived during relaxed daytime sessions on rare weekends when Martin and his associates were able to break away from professional and personal obligations. Martin primarily sticks to his tangy alto saxophone and a battery of keyboards, setting the tone with a lazing but impassioned intro that settles into "Valdez Off Crenshaw," where he and his group make like a West Coast version of Blue Thumb-era Crusaders. The sunbaked groove incorporates Donny Hathaway's "Valdez in the Country." Donny's daughter Lalah happens to be among the diverse group of vocalists. She takes the lead on the aching "Oakland," a quiet-fire ballad. Among the album's drummers is Martin's father Curly, who is honored with "Curly Martin," a slowly intensifying instrumental that involves two of the Bruner brothers (drummer Ronald, bassist Thundercat) and Robert Glasper (on Rhodes) as most of its rhythm section. Martin, in vocoder-ized form, is the lead voice on only "With You," a blissed-out G-funk glider. While it occasionally careens and meanders with some sequences that are merely pleasant or heavy-lidded, Velvet Portraits is one of those generously warm albums, seemingly designed for unwinding, that isn't likely to wear out its welcome.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/11/2018
Label: Ropeadope
UPC: 0888295415415
catalogNumber: 300
Rank: 8742

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Terrace Martin   Primary Artist,Percussion,Keyboards,Alto Saxophone,Vocoder,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Mini Moog,Arp Odyssey,Prophet 5
Kenneth Crouch   Organ,Keyboards,Piano (Grand)
Perri Sisters   Background Vocals
Craig Brockman   Organ,Piano,Wurlitzer
Marlon Williams   Guitar
Brandon Owens   Bass,Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Robert Glasper   Piano,fender rhodes
Kamasi Washington   Tenor Saxophone
Keyon Harrold   Trumpet
Josef Leimberg   Trumpet
Robert "Sput" Searight   Percussion,Keyboards,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Mini Moog,Prophet 5
Ronald Bruner   Drums
Robert Searight   fender rhodes
Curly Martin   Percussion,Drums
Allakoi Peete   Percussion
Thundercat   Bass
Mitch Towne   Organ
WowJones   Mini Moog
Preston Harris   Vocals
Chris Cadenhead   fender rhodes
Adam Turchin   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Donny Hathaway   Composer
Fela Kuti   Composer
DJ Pooh   Producer
Wayne Vaughn   Composer
Craig Brockman   Composer
Marlon Williams   Composer
Candy West   Composer
Brandon Owens   Composer
Joey Galvan   Engineer
Robert Glasper   Composer
Kamasi Washington   String Arrangements
Stephen Bruner   Composer
Rick Carson   Engineer
Latonya Givens   Composer
Charles Hamilton   Composer
Robert "Sput" Searight   Producer
Robert Searight   Composer
Terrace Martin   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Kendrick Duckworth   Composer
Mark Spears   Composer
Tiffany Gouché   Composer
Jeremy Deaton   Engineer
Rose McKinney   Composer
Louis Marks   Executive Producer

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