“Saxophonist Terrace Martin plays jazz, though even listeners who don’t follow the genre closely have likely sampled his work. A producer on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, the L.A. artist also worked on “Loyalty,” from Lamar’s most recent LP, Damn. And over the course of his career, Martin has produced for Snoop Dogg, and worked with legendary improvisers from Billy Higgins to Herbie Hancock. After last year’s Velvet Portraits, the saxist’s jazz-fusion-oriented solo debut, Martin’s Sounds of Crenshaw label is back with his latest collaborative group, the Pollyseeds.
Including vocalists like Rose Gold and Chachi (also known as the MC Problem), and star instrumentalists like Robert Glasper and Kamasi Washington, the Pollyseeds’ upcoming debut – The Sounds of Crenshaw Vol. 1, out July 14th – builds on the summery vibes of Velvet Portraits, while adding new moods and textures to the mix. Rolling Stone spoke with an enthusiastic Martin over the phone about his goals for the group, and how he sees jazz’s current West Coast movement linking up with other traditions.“