Low Down

Synopsis: A look at the life of pianist Joe Albany from the perspective of his young daughter, as she watches him contend with his drug addiction during the 1970s jazz scene.
Director(s): Jeff Preiss
Production: Oscilloscope Pictures
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

I often thought

my father was born of music...

some wayward melody

that took the form of a man.

He heard music everywhere.

Squeaking bedsprings, buzzing flies,

dripping faucets were all

filled with rhythm to him.

That he was "a great jazz pianist"

was the opinion of Charlie

Parker, Lester Young,

and scores of others

who played with him.

I, too, was in awe of his talent.

But I loved him out of all proportion...

as only a daughter could.

One more time. Motherf***er.

Hey, Hobbs, maybe not the

fifth... that last note?

- Try sharp eleventh.

- Yeah.

- That's the Monk note, man.

- That's right.

Yeah, man.

- What'd you think of that?

- I loved that one.

The circular spherical midnight?


I think it felt good.

- Yeah? Yeah.

Maybe something a little

bit more danceable?



Push the button, mutton.

Ah. My lady.

Kind sir.

- Hey, where are you goin'?

- That thing's too slow.

You're fast on your feet, "Vargas. "

Dance lessons have paid off handsomely.

Grab those rabbit ears, too.

Why don't you, uh, put on some coffee?

You want a cup of coffee?

I'm good.

Joe Albany, we had an appointment

scheduled in my office three days ago.

Did you forget to mark

it down on your calendar?

I'm sincerely sorry about that.

You see, I took a job

down in Palm Springs...

very nice place, legit,

a lot of film people.

Mm, one of the terms of your

parole, Joe, is that you call me.

You inform me of any

work that you procure.

Do you have any record

of this employment?

Uh, it was a cash job.

Unfortunately, I don't have much left.

I owed a few people some money. I...

I got the TV out of

hock for my kid and so...

Mm. I don't like having

to leave my office, Joe.

I have a new air cooler

that I enjoy very much,

and I don't like this town.

So I don't care to travel

the streets of this town

and track down people who are not

considerate of my valuable time.

You must turn up on time.

No excuses will be accepted.

- Is that clear to you?

- Yes, perfectly.

Should it be necessary

for me to return here,

you will be returned

to the penitentiary.

Is that also clear to you, Joe?

- Yes, sir.

- Right.

Now please, roll up your sleeves.

Other arm.

Nothing fresh.

I've been clean.

And that will be $3.55.

Hey, champ. You got any money on you?

What? Is that a joke?

Okay, okay. I know you.

Pay later. Okay?

Are you sure? I...

I know you. Pay later.


Our luck is changing.

You brought her back.

She'll live and I'll

get her another body.

Let me die.


Hey, listen to this one.

"Due to your melodic nature,

moonlight never misses an appointment. "

What? Let me see that.

Wow. That's poetry.

I'm gonna keep this one.

I can't take this any longer.

Oh, it's "Night of the Living Dead. "


That's a good one.

You have to shoot him in the brain.

It's the only way to kill him.

Oh, good. Thanks for that info.

Who is it?

Hey, it's Lew.

Hey, Joe.

I was just walkin' along,

noticed you were home.

Thought I'd come up, say hi.

You think I'd be okay if I just came in

and rested for a few?

No. I'm here with my daughter.

Listen, here's the story.

- Keep it down.

- Shh.

- Keep your voice down.

- Okay, I'm sorry.

So here's the story.

I just copped


I ain't feelin' so good out here.

F*** you showin' up here.

Aw, man, come on.

I'll just be in and right out.


Got a little taste for you.

You think I give a sh*t?

There ain't nobody that followed me.

Just wait there.

The whole story becomes more

ghastly with each performance.

Difficult to imagine such

a thing actually happening...

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