Denny Tedesco's The Wrecking Crew

December 1, 2008

“When my father was diagnosed with cancer in 1995, I knew if I didn’t record his memories, and those of the other players, all of that history would be lost forever,” explains Denny Tedesco. “Saxophonist Steve Douglas and bassist Ray Pohlman had already passed, so I filmed my father, drummer Hal Blaine, bassist Carol Kaye, and saxophonist Plas Johnson talking around a table. That was the start of what ultimately became The Wrecking Crew.”

Advance screenings of The Wrecking Crewhave taken place at the SXSW, Buffalo-Niagara, Nashville, Knock the Rock, Seattle, Rhode Island, Melbourne, Leeds, and other film festivals, receiving Audience Awards in Seattle and Buffalo, and the Impact of Music Award in Nashville. Upcoming screenings are scheduled for venues throughout the U.S. and Europe. (A trailer and additional information may be found at wreckingcrewfilm.com.)

“Most people will be able to identify the music,” says Tedesco. “But the film is much more than a music documentary—it’s about making a living as a musician. These guys and one woman, Carol Kaye, would have to nail the songs in a couple of takes. They would do three or four songs in a three-hour session, sitting together in the same room, and it had to sound as if they had been playing together for years. And, of course, there was no Pro Tools!”

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