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Go West Young Med Import

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  • Audio CD (November 16, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Fresh Sound Records
  • ASIN: B00005EBU2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Med Flory, a talented composer/arranger as well as a great saxophonist, is one of the unsung heroes of big band jazz. Those who recognize his name probably remember him as a sideman with bands such as Woody Herman and Terry Gibbs, or as the driving force behind Supersax. This collection features groups Flory led in the 1950s that included notable players such as Al Porcino and Conte Candoli on trumpet, Urbie Green and Bob Burgess on trombone, Mel Lewis on drums, and saxophonists Al Cohn, Bill Perkins, Bill Holman, and Richie Kamuca, among others.
The CD has 21 tracks, and the first 19 are straight-ahead swingers with solos and ensemble work that are a joy to hear. The sound resembles the Terry Gibbs and Bill Holman bands of that era, and for obvious reasons: many of the sidemen are the same, and many of the charts are from the pen of popular arrangers Al Cohn, Lennie Niehaus, Holman, and Flory.
This CD would deserve a 5-star rating if not for the inclusion of the last two tracks, which are simply awful. They come from a 1959 recording session of Flory's short-lived group Sax Maniax, probably done for some commercial purpose and included here for the sake of completeness. I doubt these tracks will make it onto anyone's iPod. But get the CD anyway - there's still almost an hour of fabulous big band jazz.
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I bought this for my son-in-law for his birthday. He's a jazz pianist but had never heard of Mr. Flory. He reports that he's thoroughly enjoying listening to someone new.
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This is a swinging review of the best of West Coast jazz in the 1950s. There is a sameness to much of the cuts, but who cares with a band of this stature. The cream of Hollywood musicians, and a few from the other coast, are on display. Count the number of ex-Woody Herman and Stan Kenton alums and you will understand the importance of this album. Mel Lewis is my pick for the best of the lot; only Louis Bellson and Buddy Rich could drive a big band with such power, subtlety, and attention to the score as Mel could.

The arrangements are great and the soloists are uniformly marvelous. Unfortunately, the last two cuts of the album are rock and roll turkeys and should have been forgotten. For that reason alone, I'm giving this a four instead of a five.

Don't miss this one.
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