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Monday, May 21, 2018

Jazz Wave - Med Flory

Jazz Wave
Med Flory And His Orchestra
Produced by Albert Marx
Cover Design: Tom Hannan
Jubilee JLP-1066

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented here to share the cover art and jacket notes.

From the back cover: One of the most active and ambitious of the younger group of bandleaders, 'Med' Flory was born Meredith Irwin Flory in Logansport, Indiana in August 1926. Like any midwestern youngster interested in music, he grew up with the sound of swing in his ears, listening and dancing to the big jump bands of BG, Artie Shaw, the Dorseys, Charlie Barnett and Glenn Miller. By the time the craze for the big bands had died in the late 40s he was out of the Air Corps and studying for his B.A. in Philosophy at Indiana University. The class of 1950 gave a promising sideman on clarinet to Claude Thornhill. A stint with the genial Irishman Art Mooney followed. Then, in the summer of 1953, 'Med' played lead tenor with Woody Herman. The following year, he had his own band, which gigged around New York and recorded an album for Mercury's jazz label, Emarcy. Since then he has settled on the shores of the Pacific and been a busy member of that buzzing beehive of musical activity out of which, in recent years, has come "west coast jazz."

From Billboard - April 15, 1958: Some fine, big-band jazz is marred by cramped, muddy sound here. Otherwise, fanciers of Med Flory, who blows a strong, swinging tenor, and Al Procino, whose trumpet soars over a hard-driving brass section, will enjoy it. Selections are a mixture of standards and original arrangements which owe their parenthood to bop.

Jazz Wave
Davy Jones
An Occasional Man
I Cover The Waterfront
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat
Ocean Motion
On A Slow Boat To China
Jonah And The Whale
Sea Chase

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