New jazz-themed film Low Down directed by Jeff Preiss, which opened in the States last week, looks interesting, and certainly a little dark.
Preiss was the cinematographer for Let’s Get Lost, the great Bruce Weber documentary about Chet Baker.
Here’s the Low Down trailer, above.
Based on the bebop pianist Joe Albany’s daughter Amy-Jo’s memoir Low Down: Junk, Jazz and Other Fairy Tales From Childhood and told from her point of view played by Elle Fanning, John Hawkes (Oscar-nominated for his role as Teardrop Dolly in Winter's Bone) plays Albany, while Fatal Attraction star Glenn Close assumes the role of Amy-Jo’s grandmother in the film, and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea plays the character of trumpeter Lester Hobbs.
Albany died in the late-1980s, and his records include trio album The Right Combination, a 1950s-era release that included Warne Marsh in the line-up. Many of Albany’s records were made much later in the 70s during an often chaotic career rocked by addiction.