Sweet & Lowdown

For the 1999 Woody Allen film, see Sweet and Lowdown. For the 1944 Benny Goodman film, see Sweet and Low-Down.

Sweet & Lowdown is an album by folk musician and singer Dave Van Ronk, released in 2001. It was the last studio album of his released while he was alive. In this album, Van Ronk returns to recording pop and jazz standards.

Sweet & Lowdown
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 26, 2001
RecordedJan 15, 2001-Jan 24, 2001
GenreFolk
LabelJustin Time
ProducerDave Van Ronk, Keith Ingham
Dave Van Ronk chronology
Live at Sir George Williams University
(1997)
Sweet & Lowdown
(2001)
Two Sides of Dave Van Ronk
(2002)

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic      [1]

Writing for Allmusic, critic Travis Dageset wrote of the album "The tunes swing along with Van Ronk's mildly Louis Armstrong-flavored rasp, which holds up throughout... for the most part, this is indispensable Van Ronk, whose forte, apart from his gift for songwriting, has always been classic interpretation that contains as much of his own distinct personality as it does respect for whatever form of American music he is delving into."[1]

Track listingEdit

  1. "I'll See You in My Dreams" (Isham Jones, Gus Kahn) – 2:44
  2. "Comes Love" (Brown, Stept, Tobias) – 3:44
  3. "Zoot Suit" (Gilbert, O'Brien) – 3:41
  4. "As Time Goes By" (Herman Hupfeld) – 5:08
  5. "Some of These Days" (Brooks) – 4:00
  6. "Thanks for the Memory" (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) – 6:00
  7. "Puttin' on the Ritz" (Irving Berlin) – 2:49
  8. "Blues in the News" (Ingham) – 2:56
  9. "I'd Rather Charleston" (Carter, Gershwin) – 3:18
  10. "I Can't Get Started" (Duke, Gershwin) – 6:29
  11. "Sweet and Low Down" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 3:37
  12. "I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone" (Johnson) – 5:17
  13. "Your Feet's Too Big" (Benson, Fisher) – 3:33
  14. "Bye Bye Blackbird" (Mort Dixon, Ray Henderson) – 4:05
  15. "A Cottage for Sale" (Conley, Robison) – :29

PersonnelEdit

  • Dave Van Ronk – vocals, guitar
  • Frank Christian – guitar
  • Vince Giordano – banjo, saxophone
  • Keith Ingham – piano
  • Jon-Erik Kellso – trumpet
  • Arnie Kinsella – drums
  • Sarah Partridge – background vocals
  • Scott Robinson – clarinet, tenor and alto saxophone
  • Andrea Vuocolo – background vocals
  • Murray Walldouble bass

Production notesEdit

  • Produced by Dave Van Ronk and Keith Ingham
  • Engineered by Arthur Steuer
  • Mastered by Renée Marc-Aurèle and Ian Terry
  • Photography by Jack Vartoogian
  • Graphic design by Reid Morris
  • Production assistant and assistant producer – Jean-Pierre Leduc
  • Executive producer – Jim West

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Drageset, Travis. "Sweet & Lowdown > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 15, 2011.