You might not know his name, but you've heard his sensuous sax soaring over tracks by Kendrick Lamar, YG, and other top-tier Los Angeles rappers. Or you saw him as the caged bird, shrieking and squawking on his horn from behind bars in Lamar's stupendous 2016 Grammy performance.

Terrace Martin, 37, is slowly gaining recognition as one of the most cerebral producers in hip hop. A child prodigy saxophonist, he possesses the floral tone of Kenny G, though he plays with a bit more taste than Yung Gorelick. He is a capable multi-instrumentalist and an integral member of the exciting LA scene currently exploring the boundary between hip hop and jazz.

Click through the gallery to listen to 10 essential Terrace Martin tracks.