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Selection: Terrace Martin presents The Pollyseed’s “Sounds of Crenshaw, Vol. 1,” released on Ropeadope Records.
Review: Martin is one of the new generation of musicians bringing life and vitality back into jazz. He’s worked with other contemporary jazz luminaries like Kamasi Washington, Thundercat and Robert Glasper, and has made songs with Kendrick Lamar, Raphael Saadiq and YG. On this album, he works with a group of jazz musicians to make an album inspired by Los Angeles’ Crenshaw neighborhood.
Invigorating and beautiful, this will probably end up as the year’s best jazz album.
Favorite song: “Funny How Time Flies” feat. Robert Glasper
Best proof jazz can still take your breath away: “Mama D/Leimert Park”
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