Will Bradley

In Disco Order, Vol. 8

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By the end of 1941, trombonist Will Bradley was tired of playing boogie-woogie big band charts despite his orchestra's commercial success. While Bradley preferred ballads, his unbilled co-leader drummer Ray McKinley loved boogie-woogie and was soon motivated to quit the group, leading to its eventual demise. On the eighth of nine Ajax Lp's that document most of Bradley's career, the last two sessions by his big band (highlighted by "Fry Me Cookie With A Can Of Lard" and "Request For A Rhumba") are included plus a dixieland boogie-woogie date from 1944 (which also stars trumpeter Billy Butterfield and pianist Johnny Guarnieri) and four very obscure titles from postwar studio big band sessions. This album and Vol. 9 in particular are highly recommended to swing collectors due to the rare material.