A new chapter has been added to the Med Flory story.
Tuesday at the Moonlight Tango, the saxophonist-singer-composer-arranger revealed his latest brainchild. It's a group that includes Super Sax, which he launched 20 years ago; the L.A. Voices, added to Super Sax a decade later, and a brand-new brass section of Valley veterans to bring the complement up to 19.
What he does with this imposing array of talent is not basically innovative by today's standards. A couple of tunes by the vocal quintet add a 1940s flavor. So did almost everything else, but sometimes with good reason. The Super Sax numbers, based on old Charlie Parker solos, have lost none of their flamboyant verve.
"Lester Leaps In," adapted from a magnificent Parker improvisation, found the group taking on a new aspect as the brass section tossed in punctuations. This enabled the Saxes to turn their multiple manuscript pages in an incredibly long and demanding performance, executed with demonic accuracy.