Terrace Martin took to the stage with The Pollyseeds to rapturous applause. The atmosphere was thick with anticipation for an amazing night which promised to be full of soulful vibes from very accomplished musicians.
The evening started off with incredible syncopation from Trevor Lawrence Jr, pulling the crowd to attention with his drumming prowess with a few beautiful time feel sections thrown in for good measure. This smoothly drifted into soulful vibes as soon as the warm bass from Brandon Eugene Owens’ Fender guitar graced our ears. Terrace’s sax playing was faultless, piercing the air with the staple of jazz, a reminder that this once forgotten art is back and here to stay!
Terrace was very talkative, taking us on a journey through his roots in Crenshaw and stories of his youth growing up, how he met Robert Glasper as well as the early days touring with Snoop Dogg and Kamasi Washington and his journey from rebellious child to the musical talent he is today. It was interesting to hear his stories which really showed how deep his musical roots stretch; tales of his sessions with Herbie Hancock and musings on Jackie Mclean and Donny Hathaway, as well as his memorable stories of playing throughout various clubs in New York and the esteemed Blue Note club.
Other members of his Pollyseeds band included Taber Gable on keys, whose touch, particularly on the Rhodes, was like melted butter. Perhaps the highlight of the evening from a music lovers perspective was watching this talented Julliard School graduate at work working his way through dreamlike chords whilst singing along, showcasing a truly romantic story between a musician and his instrument.
Things got a lot more sexy and sensuous once Rose Gold took the stage. Playing through ‘Think Of You’ from the Velvet Portraits album as well as a few other songs, it was a pure delight to listen to and witness. With Terrace stressing that playing a premeditated set was boring for him, our ears were treated to various songs from his catalogue as well as nods to other great songs by artists such as Lionel Loueke from his Heritage album.
Once we reached the climax of the show Terrace Martin took us right back to Crenshaw with the beautiful intro song of his Velvet Portraits album ‘Valdez Crenshaw’. His performance at the Jazz café was brilliant and we would highly recommend you check him the next time he is in tow