Lower East Suite Part Three

Lower East Suite Part Three

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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