Author: Segal, Dave
Date published: September 9, 2010
Seattle incubated a thriving funk and soul scene in the '60s and '70s, but until local label Light in the Attic issued the Wheedle's Groove compilation in 2004, the players involved remained largely obscure. Narrated by Sir Mix-A-Lot, director Jennifer Maas's documentary sheds light on several of the musicians, producers, and managers who fostered that exciting, fleeting moment in Seattle music history. The film features revealing interviews and archival photos while getting perspectives on their impact from local rock artists such as Mark Arm and Ben Gibbard. DJ Mr. Supreme-whose dogged crate-digging for 45s led to LITA issuing Wheedle's Groove-serves as the catalyst for much of this entertaining history lesson. Smooth-jazz icon Kenny G-who played sax in the phenomenal Cold, Bold, & Together-also offers candid insights. His hair still blows. (DAVE SEGAL) Northwest Film Forum, Thurs Sept 9 at 8 pm.