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Terrace Martin makes hip-hop music but it is his jazz musicianship that separates his sound from his peers �" and not just because he doesn’t need to sample. Before graduating to producing songs for Snoop Dogg, Martin was an accomplished saxophonist who played with the late jazz drummer Billy Higgins at Leimert Park’s World Stage. It was inevitable that he’d gravitate towards jazz, because his father, Spanish Harlem-bred Ernest “Curly” Martinez, was a jazz musician. Meanwhile, his mother, from Bakersfield, Calif., was a gospel singer. When he was in seventh grade, Terrace’s parents divorced and his father moved back to New York. Terrace would spend summe...
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