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July 28, 2009

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helen merrill

Dear Med,

I loved your interview..brings it all back!!
Those days were magic..

Helen Merrill

Larry Kart

Al Cohn's "No Thanks" on the first date on Med's "Go West, Young Med" has the best shout chorus I've ever heard -- absolutely thrilling and not just because it's hot; the excitement stems from the harmonic-melodic substance of the writing.

Greg Lee

Med Flory, one of the best and most entertaining men you'll ever hear at a gig. All through the '70s I loved going down to Donte's in North Hollywood, getting a table right in front of the bandstand, and basking in the power of Supersax -- Jay Migliori, Warne Freakin' Marsh (sucking on cigs between solos), Jack Nimitz, Lanny Morgan, Med, Conte Condoli, not to mention the rhythm section with Lou "the Platinum Kid" Levy, Jake Hanna, and a fabulous collection of West Coast greats who could sit in whenever one of the regulars couldn't make it -- Don "Cadenza" Menza, Ross Tompkins, Nick Ceroli, to name just a few. Med's patter between songs and nicknames for the band was always deadpan and hilarious, making the whole evening wonderful. And to hear all the guys in the band shout "salt peanuts, salt peanuts!" between those blizzards of sound, I'm running out of breath just thinking about it....Go Med. Thanks, Marc!

Bill Forbes

I have just bought "Go West Young Med" unheard on the strength of the comments here. Last time I did this, I ended up with a winner: "Gene Krupa Plays Gerry Mulligan Arrangements", so am confident of a good outcome this time!

Denis Ouellet

Wow, wonderful interview. Man I would have loved to catch "Supersax Live" with Lou Levy, Conte .... and so many other greats. Can't believe it. I have most of the records anyways (-:
Great work Mr Flory.
Love reading this. Please bring it on.

Thanks Marc for another great one.

John R. Parente

Med,
Just a hello from an old ""marocco" student. Played all the bands, etc. Went to IU with the coker bros, Tom Slaney, Al Planck, several other fine guys. Long time since Logan, Dick Mordenti, LHS, etc. My dad, Che Che, used to rave about you and tell me I should practice more! Loved the stories.

John Parente

Scott Harrison

Hi Med;
Love to make your concert series in June. Saw you when you shot the "jazz" episode of Lou Grant.

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