The Wrecking Crew - JazzWax

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March 24, 2011


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Jazz Lunatique

I have seen this and it is a great movie especially in the way it pulls back the curtain and shows how this music was really made instead of the mythology that the marketing dept. pushed. Earl Palmer, Carol Kaye, Buddy Collette, Plas Johnson - all heroes.

Ed Leimbacher

With Kaye and Blaine (and Palmer) as the rhythm core, the Crew made hits out of pop junk and the best tunes even better--always so prepped, perfect, and ready to groove at the down of a beat that I've sometimes pictured them, not as Wrecking, but as "Housewrecking," in the great Black gospel way.


Listening to the Carol Kaye clip, I kept wondering: who is that funky, jazzy guitar player? It's Joe Pass!

T.K. Tortch

Love this Wrecking Crew stuff!! That Sloop John B. video is great -- I'm always fascinated by the behind-the-scenes studio work that went into so many great songs -- cheap and throwaway as so much pop product can be, it's revealing to see the professionalism of men (and Ms. Kaye) at work.

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