'Low Down' chronicles life and struggles of pianist Joe Albany

November 18, 2014 1:10 PM

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There are two dramas about jazz currently in theaters, but they couldn't be more different.

"Whiplash," focusing on a determined student of the drums and his maniacal band leader, is like one of those Buddy Rich solos the kid idolizes: hot, sweaty and in-your-face. "Low Down," on the other hand, is like the version of Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" played in one of this film's club scenes: ...

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