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Terrace Martin

Multi-instrumentalist and jazz and hip hop producer from Los Angeles

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Terrace Martin

Today on Ecléctico you're listening to Terrace Martin, a saxophonist, keyboardist, singer, rapper, and producer. His collaborations in jazz and hip hop are extensive, having worked with Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, Snoop Dogg, and many more.

You'll go deeper with an excerpt from and a link to an interview between Terrace Martin and writer Phil Freeman on Stereogum.


"Leave Us Be" by Terrace Martin
2021 | Multi-instrumentalist and jazz and hip hop producer from Los Angeles


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FREEMAN: Jazz musicians always talk about developing their own voice on their instrument. Do you think you have a voice as an alto player, and who are your biggest influences?

MARTIN: When it comes to the saxophone, I’m still searching for a stronger me. That’s a very jazz thing to say [laughs]. I’ma die being a student, so I don’t know if I have my own thing — I would like to think so, you know? My main influence on the alto saxophone is the great, the god, the master teacher, Harlem’s finest, Jackie McLean. I got a tattoo of Jackie on my arm when I was 18 years old, ’cause it’s not just about music, what Jackie McLean stands for. Anybody that really studies Jackie [knows] he grew up in Harlem when a lot of that shit was really developing. He lived by Bud Powell, he grew up with Sonny Rollins, he used to follow Bird everywhere around, let Bird borrow his horn, his best friend was Miles Davis, he was influential with introducing Tony Williams to Miles Davis — he introduced Herbie Hancock to Tony Williams! You see what I’m saying? Jackie has always been a pillar of the hip shit. People always talk about modal music and all these things, but you know, Jackie was writing free shit in the mid-50s, man, on “Little Melonae” and things. Jackie was writing free form playing and trying to stretch out in the chords and out of the chords in the ’50s. Jackie was very influential to the scene, not just for his alto playing but for his brain, for his heart. He’s a master educator and I grew up similar to him.

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