Lower East Suite (Part Three)

  • Brand: Onyx Collective
  • Product Code: OnyxCollective–LowerEastSuite(PartThree)
Artist : Onyx Collective
Label : Big Dada
Format : LP - Black Vinyl
Condition : New
Released : 2018
Genre : Nujazz Jazz
  • 23.90€


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Single black 180g vinyl, Popset card 3mm spine outer sleeve with artwork and handwritten text by Julian Schnabel. Black paper inner sleeve. Comes with download code.

The record features de-facto band leader Isaiah Barr on alto and tenor saxophone, Austin Williamson on drums, Walter Stinson on upright bass, Spencer Murphy on electric bass, and Roy Nathanson as guest saxophone on four tracks. A group of New York mainstays cross in and out of the Onyx universe and often performing live with the band, including Nick Hakim, Princess Nokia, Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Wiki (Ratking), Julian Soto and Felix Pastorius. Onyx members quietly feature on a bevy of other artists’ records too, with Barr himself recently boasting 3 features on the new David Byrne album and making a cameo in Ibeyi’s live band for their performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Whereas previous Onyx Collective projects capture New York City's more romantic facets, “Lower East Suite Part Three” has a much more ominous sound, reflective of the dissonance that accompanies life in the city. After being forced out of their original practice space due to rising rent, Onyx Collective relocated their headquarters to Magic Gallery on Market St, located in a gritty pocket of Chinatown by the East River. “When I wrote the record I was thinking about concepts like eviction and gentrification,” explains Barr. “The record is born out of the challenges of being in New York.” Recorded at Magic Gallery, “Lower East Suite Part Three” is the first release from Onyx Collective composed of entirely written music. “The record is a graduation for us - from not just having a microphone at a session and spontaneously recording,” says Barr. “This is us doing it on our own, with our own engineer, with a very low budget. That survival is really what I think jazz is: creating with your surroundings, and making something that's a picture of that.”

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