10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lower East Suite Part Three is the New York combo Onyx Collective's first full-length statement—a follow-up to a pair of EPs in a series. Spearheaded by saxophonist Isaiah Barr, the punkish jazz group paints a picture of their fight for artistic survival amid the gentrification and soaring rents of lower Manhattan. The band plays loping melodies at loosely swinging tempos in a mainly acoustic jazz vein, with a raw, avant-garde energy never far from the surface. They also enlist downtown-scene notable Roy Nathanson on a few tracks to add a ragged alto sax counterpoint to Barr while motivating the pliant rhythm section of bassist Walter Stinson and drummer Austin Williamson.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lower East Suite Part Three is the New York combo Onyx Collective's first full-length statement—a follow-up to a pair of EPs in a series. Spearheaded by saxophonist Isaiah Barr, the punkish jazz group paints a picture of their fight for artistic survival amid the gentrification and soaring rents of lower Manhattan. The band plays loping melodies at loosely swinging tempos in a mainly acoustic jazz vein, with a raw, avant-garde energy never far from the surface. They also enlist downtown-scene notable Roy Nathanson on a few tracks to add a ragged alto sax counterpoint to Barr while motivating the pliant rhythm section of bassist Walter Stinson and drummer Austin Williamson.

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Ratings and Reviews

Das Boone ,

Fantastic

Great FREE Jazz you don't have to "endure". Like the sounds of the street - inovative, interesting, enlightning. Cool, Hip, Smart. This is solid and refreshing in it's experimentation and great playing - (oh, and nice cover art as well) check out the Onyx Collective.

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