Low Down

Jazz narratives feature genius-level improvisation and communication between supremely talented musicians, plagued by dark impulses off the bandstand. Generally, biopics (and the memoirs that serve as the source material) come from spouses or partners, slightly more clear-headed voices and witnesses to the highs and lows. In the case of Low Down, which captures the life of Joe Albany (John Hawkes), a pianist from the 1960s and ’70s scene, the perspective is that of his young daughter Amy (Elle Fanning) as she watches her father struggle with addiction and must somehow find her own way. Director Jeff Preiss knows a thing or two about the destructive paths of such musical greats, having served as cinematographer for the award-winning documentary Let’s Get Lost, the story of Chet Baker told through interviews, archival clips and a precious few performances from his last days. (Opens Friday at Esquire Theatre) (R) Not screened in time for review

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