Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music

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SUPERSAX

A band formed by Med Flory and Buddy Clark that played Charlie Parker's solos in unison and reached an unexpectedly wide audience. It made its debut in 1972; the first album Supersax Plays Bird won a Grammy in 1973. Reedman/ arranger Meredith Irwin 'Med' Flory (b 27 August 1926, Logansport IN; d 12 March 2014, North Hollywood CA) had left music after studio work in NYC and the West Coast; he was acting and writing TV scripts when he conceived Supersax with bassist Clark, who left in 1975. Other LPs: Salt Peanuts and Supersax Plays Bird With Strings on Capitol; Chasin' The Bird and Dynamite '77-8 on MPS; three LPs with the L.A. Voices on CBS including Embraceable You, Vol. 2 and Straighten Up And Fly Right '82-6.

Pianist Lou Levy (b 5 March 1928, Chicago) was a member from late '73 to the 1980s; he also recorded with Chubby Jackson (Bebop Revisited on Xanadu), as accompanist for Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson, Frank Sinatra (My Way on Reprise) etc. Many musicians who've toured with Supersax included reedman Jack Nimitz (b 11 January 1930, Washington DC; d 10 June 2009), bassist Frank De La Rosa (b 26 December 1933, El Paso), Conte Candoli; Warne Marsh was with them in Chicago '76 when he took time off to make All Music on Nessa, with Levy, drummer Jake Hanna and bassist Fred Atwood. A CD The Joy Of Sax on Pair included Flory, Marsh, Candoli and Hanna.