In about 2008 I had the fortune of meeting film maker Denny Tedesco in Seattle’s EMP theater along with the Audio Engineering Society, with whom I was an invited guest. Denny was unveiling a film project that had already taken him a decade to bring to this point of near completion. With a few hundred other attendees we were treated to clips of behind the scenes in the music business like no other we had ever viewed before. The dozens of artists who appeared on the screen were responsible for thousands of music tracks on record and in the movies, though many of them would go on to become icons such as Glen Campbell, Hal Blaine, Leon Russel and Tommy Tedesco, the former Mr. Tedesco’s father.
After the short feature film was over we gathered in the lobby and met with Denny and a few others involved in the production. Tedesco and I exchanged business cards and I agreed to do some sort of write up about the movie when it was officially released. Not long after, Denny phoned me at Damn Good Tunes and invited me to be his guest at a Vancouver BC premiere, and also to the Hollywood opening. Believe it or not, I couldn’t make either one! I’ve kicked myself in the buttocks a few times over this, believe me! However, there would be an epic saga unfurling and for Denny Tedesco legal battles over the use of some of the music would put his personal life and health on hold for a number of years.
Fast Forward ! It’s 2015 and I’ve just watched The Wrecking Crew movie on Pay Per View with a select number of musicians, producers and friends:
This is the finest music documentary I have ever seen or heard in my life! Not only did it give me the ol’ goose bumps on the arms and a bit of a tear in my eye, but there wasn’t a single part, interview, clip or music piece that was incorrect or out of context. In short, this is a film that every budding musician, songwriter, producer or engineer should be required to watch. All high school and college music programs need to show this to the students, not only from a historical perspective, as documentaries may lead, but to help musicians understand the kinetic energy, the unspoken communication amongst musicians which is the magic ” pixie dust ” that makes the music real and from the heart, even when reading a chart!
Come back soon for my part 2 opinion and review of ” The Wrecking Crew ”
Bruce J Maier