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Drumminʼ MenThe Heartbeat of Jazz The Swing Years$
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Burt Korall

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195157628

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157628.001.0001

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Ray McKinley (1910–)

Ray McKinley (1910–)

(p.89) Ray McKinley (1910–)
Drumminʼ Men

Ray Mckinley

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Ray McKinley, as well as having great humor, he brought the light touch to music more frequently than many of his colleagues. His effectiveness stems from masterful and highly creative time-keeping and a deep sense of the musical. McKinley is generally considered a singer of rhythm and novelty songs first, then a band leader next, and finally a drummer. Most of his fans regard him primarily as an entertainer. McKinley has done little to dispel his image as a multiple threat. It is drumming, however, that best reveals who and what he is. Rhythm is basic to everything he does. Key recordings with the Dorsey Brothers and with Jimmy Dorsey in the 1930s, with Will Bradley and the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band in the first half of the 1940s, and with his own bands and groups since then, tell his story well.

Keywords:   modern jazz, Ray McKinley, Dorsey brothers, Will Bradley, Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey

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