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Sweet and Lowdown by Howard Alden
Sweet and Lowdown by Howard Alden

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Sweet and Lowdown, Woody Allen's film from 1999, starred Sean Penn as the legendary, but fictitious jazz guitarist of the '30s, Emmett Ray. Emmett considered himself to be the second greatest jazz guitarist in the world next to Django Reinhardt. The versatile Howard Alden played all of the solo acoustic guitar parts for the movie, as well as coaching Mr. Penn to play guitar for his role (for which he received an Oscar nomination, best actor). This book contains note-for-note transcriptions in both standard notation and tab of Howard's Django-esque interpretations and improvisations of classic standards of the 1930s, as well as original solo guitar pieces written by Woody's longtime musical director, jazz pianist Dick Hyman. Sweet and Lowdown contributed greatly to the recent renewal of interest in and revival of swing and gypsy jazz guitar. Howard's guitar work is a warm and personal example of the timeless musical vocabulary of swing guitar.

Special Features
  • "E" is for Emmett Dick Hyman
    12th Street Rag Euday Bowman, Arranged by Howard Alden
    3:00 AM Blues Dick Hyman
    I'll See You in My Dreams
    I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
    It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing)
    Just a Gigolo Limehouse Blues Arranged by Dick Hyman
    Old Fashioned Love
    Sweet Georgia Brown
    Unfaithful Woman Dick Hyman
    Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams

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