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Supersax has always been about five virtuoso saxophonists playing, with impressive precision, harmonised arrangements of Charlie Parker’s technically challenging saxophone solos.

Sax player Med Flory conceived of this idea while working with big bands in the ‘60s, and by 1972, in collaboration with bassist Buddy Clark, established a nine-piece band (including brass and rhythm section) dedicated to playing their note-for-note arrangements of Parker’s classic bebop improvisations such as Lady Be Good, Parker's Mood, Hot House and Ko-Ko.

The band's popularity grew rapidly and in 1973 their debut album ‘Supersax plays Bird’ won a Grammy award for Best Performance by a Jazz Band. They continued to tour and record successfully into the ‘80s with minor changes to the original line up. Key sidemen to Flory and Clark (who left in 1975) included Bill Perkins, Warne Marsh, Jay Migliori, Jack Nimitz, Lanny Morgan, trumpeter Conte Candoli and trombonists Carl Fontana and Frank Rosolino.

Supersax albums include Salt Peanuts, Supersax Plays Bird With Strings (Capitol), Chasin' The Bird, Dynamite (MPS). Albums made with LA Voices (a five-piece vocal group, which notably found Med Flory doubling as one of the singers) include Embraceable You, and Straighten Up And Fly Right (CBS).

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