Terrace Martin’s ‘3ChordFold’ Comes Alive

Photo Credit: Derrick K. Lee

Photo Credit: Derrick K. Lee

Whether you know him as a saxophone player, producer or emcee, Terrace Martin has made a name for himself creatively among some of the most talented individuals in the industry. This past August he released a solo debut album 3ChordFold, incorporating bits of jazz, R&B and hip hop to unveil a sound familiar yet refreshing to inspire fans both old and new. With plans to release a live version of 3ChordFold to iTunes soon, Martin gathered some of his closest friends to perform songs from 3ChordFold at The Virgil in Los Angeles a few weeks ago in January and these videos make us feel like we were there.

Beginning the night on saxophone, Martin was accompanied by Robert Glasper on the piano, Thundercat on bass guitar and Ronald Bruner on drums. The beautiful Wyann Vaughn provided vocals alongside spoken word passages used as interludes throughout the project, followed by guest performances by Problem of “Something Else” and James Fauntleroy on “No Right, No Wrong,” just to name a few. Although not all featured artists on the project were in attendance, the group did songs like “Triangle Ship” sans Kendrick Lamar justice, as well as “Watch You Sleep” with Preston Harris filling in for Focus.

True to nature for any jam session, when you’re in the groove, anything goes. Outside of music on 3ChordFold, the group covered “Clique” by Kanye West, “Smoking Cigarettes” by Tweet and “Butterfly” by Herbie Hancock. Other contributing artists Chris Cadenhead, Craig Brockman, Ethan "Ebassman" Farmer, Brandon Coleman and Javonte Pollard helped give fans who attended this concert the privilege of basking in the ambiance of live music and creative minds performing one hit after another.

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