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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the New York City jazz band was inspired by its own challenges of finding and keeping practice space in the Big Apple.
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  1. Jun 18, 2018
    90
    It shows that jazz isn’t confined to the past, or dusty records, and is loud, vibrant, angry at society and has something to say. It shows that Onyx Collective can rub shoulders with any band and give as good as they get. It also shows that Onyx Collective can write music flawless music, as well as just jam the bangers out, and have fun doing it.
  2. Mojo
    Jun 18, 2018
    80
    An edgy outing vividly redolent of downtown Manhattan--as was--this composed studio transition keeps OC's sawn-off edges intact. [Jul 2018, p.94]
  3. Q Magazine
    Jun 18, 2018
    80
    The music itself remains more in debt to Blue Note classicism, but the palatability is alluring. [Summer 2018, p.113]
  4. Jun 22, 2018
    76
    Part Three sounds much better. The songs are more linear and of a piece: dank bop compositions that often gnarl up in the middle and leave no room for extended solos. The pace and form of their songs no longer springs from jams, and there’s new tension and spacing to show for it.
  5. Jun 18, 2018
    60
    Compared to some of their previous works, it’s an album that also feels somewhat gloomy with Isaiah Barr’s thoughts on issues such as gentrification and eviction distilled into dark and often murky compositions. ... Despite this, Lower East Suite Part Three still manages to capture contemporary urban discord.