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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Clarence Becton: Straight Ahead Into Freedom

Read "Clarence Becton: Straight Ahead Into Freedom" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz

Clarence Becton is a musicians' musician--meaning, someone well-known in musician circles. He belongs to the generation of American jazz heroes who grew up under economically and socially difficult circumstances, and for that very reason, succeeded in gaining a comprehensive education, emancipating himself, and embodying the history of jazz music by directly learning from and working with ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Joe Albany: Right Combination

Joe Albany: Right Combination

Joe Albany is a jazz footnote today. The late pianist, who began his career in 1943 and first recorded in 1945 with the Georgie Auld Orchestra, made remarkably few albums. Albany, who was deeply influenced by Bud Powell's attack and had smatterings of Thelonious Monk's and Lennie Tristano's abstraction, had terrible substance abuse problems throughout his ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joe Albany: Now's The Time

Read "Now's The Time" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Pianist Joe Albany (1924-1988) is a musicological artifact within an art form full of them. Most recently, Albany has garnered attention through the movie and soundtrack Low Down (Bona Fide Productions, 2014, directed by Jeff Priess) based on the bracing, stream-of-conscience memoire written by his daughter, Amy-Jo Albany. His is a story told many times: near-genius ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Joe Albany and Low Down

Read "Joe Albany and Low Down" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Joseph Albani (1924-1988), better known as Joe Albany, is a footnote in jazz history. A monumentally talented pianist with an exceptionally fragile constitution, Albany, like the late Chet Baker pianist Dick Twardzik, was hampered by a self-doubt relieved by heroin. Albany differed from Twardzik in that, like Baker, he lived well beyond the average junkie lifespan ...

ARTICLE: DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Low Down

Read "Low Down" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Low Down
Directed by Jeff Preiss
Screenplay by Amy Albany and Topper Lilien
Oscilliscope Laboratories
2014

Low Down is an independent film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 2014. It relates to the life of the late Joe Albany, a well accomplished if lesser ...

NEWS: TV / FILM

Low Down - Opens Friday 11/14 Ritz At The Bourse Theatre in Philadelphia

Low Down - Opens Friday 11/14 Ritz At The Bourse Theatre in Philadelphia

Low Down stars John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headley, Caleb Landry Jones and Flea. Opens: Friday November 14 Ritz at the Bourse Theatre
400 Ranstead St
Philadelphia, PA 19106 Low Down, based on Amy-Jo Albany’s powerful memoir of growing up in the care of her gifted, tormented and frequently absent musician father, ...

ARTICLE: THE MORT REPORT

Sex and the Jazz Musician: The Brutal Truth!

Read "Sex and the Jazz Musician: The Brutal Truth!" reviewed by Mort Weiss

The following is taken from the chronicles of a gold panel Committee of select persons from the international confines of various state institutions that hold such findings sacred--the long-term commitment of these individuals that have given rant to their multitudinous ravings on this highly personal topic.

In my course of dumpster diving for salvation, I ...