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Sweet & Lowdown [Import]

Dave Van Ronk Audio CD

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The extraordinary folk and blues singer and guitarist Dave Van Ronk is inextricably linked, first and foremost, to the folk music scene in New York City's Greenwich Village in the 1960s. Van Ronk, born in Brooklyn on June 30, 1936, and of Irish origin, has been performing for more than four decades. He made his first record for Moses Asch's Folkways label in 1959 and won far-reaching ... Read more in Amazon's Dave Van Ronk Store

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Listen10. I Can't Get Started 6:290.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen12. I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone 5:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Your Feet's Too Big 3:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Bye Bye Blackbird 4:050.79  Buy MP3 
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks For The Memories 5 May 2002
By John E. Bloner Jr. - Published on
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Thanks not only for the memories, but for all the years ahead in which new and old fans can discover or rediscover your music. You reminded us that rags could be played loose but not fast, taught us some old tunes that we'd forgotten, changed our idea of what could be done with one guitar and a ten fingers; you played some warm blues, cool jazz just like Louis (with Christine Lavin as your Ella), had some fun with a kazoo, plinked about on a uke, swung on a star, sang barbershop and drinking songs, went to the amoeba hop, hung out with Simon Smith and his Amazing Dancing Bear, traveled to Sunday Street and went with Jesus to meet the woman at the well, did Dylan better than Dylan himself, and got us to love Joni all over again. You absorbed the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, Josh White, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Reverend Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt and many others and brought their music back with your incredible voice. We'll all miss you. You treated your listeners like friends. Each song was a postcard from some far flung place, (including Marion, MA.) If someone ever asks for any of the good things that came out of the 20th century and these first two years of the 21st, just put on a Dave Van Ronk record. You'll be sure to see 'em smile. I know I have.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a pleasure 13 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on
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It's wonderful to hear Dave Van Ronk stretching his stylistic range here...he obviously has great affection for this music, his diction is superb, he digs up many forgotten lyrics left out of earlier recordings, the band is's just all around lowdown sweetness. Van Ronk brings an abundance of personality to these pieces. I don't understand the negative review that says he doesn't know how to sing these songs: I think he brings out a lot of soul.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Charming if lightweight retro album 30 Jan 2002
By N. Dorward - Published on
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This album is an unexpected one for Dave van Ronk, the sandpaper-voiced folk singer: a bunch of 1920s & 1930s jazz standards; he doesn't play guitar on this one, leaving the accompaniment to a bunch of revivalist jazzmen jed by the expat British pianist Keith Ingham whom one usually would find on a label like Arbors or Sunnyside. All in all it's quite a pleasant disc, assuming you're like me & like van Ronk's voice. If you're looking for smooth readings of tunes like "As Time Goes By" or "I Can't Get Started", you'd better head to John Pizzarelli; this album is more along the lines of the raspy, inimitable singing of Armstrong & Fats Waller. As with a lot of other singers who don't rely on beauty of tone, one of Van Ronk's methods of invigorating songs is by digging up the forgotten verses & 2nd choruses that have been dropped over time; this is for instance the only version of "Bye Bye Blackbird" I've heard with the original minor-key introduction. I tend to think singers can get too hung up on preserving the verses, but it's nonetheless interesting to hear some of these rarities.
Van Ronk actually shines best on the ballads, which he lends quirky gravitas. The album is peppered with some novelty numbers which I find irritating ("Zoot Suit", Gershwin's forgettable "I'd Rather Charleston", the old Waller novelty "Your Feet's Too Big"), & a few of the tunes misfire ("Comes Love" is oddly laboured) but there's enough here that works that the disc is worth a listen. Scott Robinson does a really nice job on the reeds, though he's no great original: his tenor on "I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone" is patently pinched from Zoot Sims' great rendition on _If I'm Lucky_. The studio sound is pointedly old-fashioned, sounding rather like it was recorded by Columbia in the 1950s or 1960s instead of in 2001.
The main reason for the rather low marks I've given this disc is contextual: this album is charming but lightweight, & given that it came out at roughly the same time as albums like Geoff Muldaur's _Password_ & Bob Dylan's _"Love and Theft"_, albums that came up with brilliantly fresh music by digging around in the music of the 1920s and 1930s, I can't help feeling that the treatments of the standards on this album are too insubstantial & fail to interrogate the material with much care. Still, it's not a bad disc--worth a listen.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surprise 12 Oct 2008
By Biff the Buff - Published on
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A friend of mine sent me this CD. I was not at all familiar with Dave Van Ronk but out of courtesy I gave it a listen. Wonderful stuff. It's not the voice but it's the sthick that shines. Comes across as Blossom Dearie with a sore throat, but completely engaging at all times. Very tasteful arrangements. Gently swinging orchestration throughout with Christine Lavin's vocals blending nicely. Scott Robinson's reeds are on point and not contentious. On these cuts Robinson is reminiscent of the Lester-Zoot school of "less is more". The rhythm section is solid. I particulary liked the cutesy "Zoot Suit" rendition. Anyone who has a copy of Willie Nelson's Stardust album will gravitate to this Van Ronk offering. I recommend this CD to anyone who likes nice gentle jazz. Good stuff, indeed, McGee.....
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars can't help but move you 25 Aug 2002
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I put this on and here is what follows:
I get nostalgic for the old songs, blue for the sad ones, happy from the peppy ones and feel such regret that this multi-talented man is gone so soon. It says in the liner notes that jazz was his first love. It comes through loud and clear in Sweet and Lowdown. (I sing along every time!)
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