's legacy is largely built on the work he did between 1939 and 1941, which corresponds with his collaboration with drummer and singer Ray McKinley
was one of the era's best and most dynamic big band drummers, and with Bradley
's unassuming but solid trombone skills, plus Fred Slack
's explosive piano playing, the Will Bradley Orchestra
developed a patented boogie/swing style on hits like the two-part "Beat Me Daddy (Eight to the Bar)," "Scrub Me Mama (With a Boogie Beat)," and the smooth, easy "Celery Stalks at Midnight," all of which are included here. A rare trio outing with Bradley
, and Slack
on the fun, loose "Down the Road a Piece" is a particular delight. Bradley
was never much of a publicity hound, so he isn't probably as well known as he should be, but the music speaks for itself. A great set.