Percussionist Bradley Allen, the latest KC performer to record his takes on jazz, blues, and swing classics, taps his way through an interesting mix of selections that ranges from a low-key rendition of "Jump, Jive & Wail" to a bass-heavy version of Charles Mingus' "Nostalgia in Times Square." Allen's ticking drumbeats power "St. Thomas" and "Cherokee," mid-tempo jazz numbers that allow him to showcase his skills on the skins. Guitarist-vocalist Tom DeMasters steps to the forefront on "All the Things You Are," while trombonist Johnie Eager and saxophonist Phil Brenner add spice to the upbeat "Itty Bitty Bit." With Allen's steady and occasionally spectacular work serving as the pulse, this capable band brings new life to these timeless tunes. This debut effort proves that Allen can handle the challenging dual duties of drumming and bandleading, and the quality of the one self-generated song proves that this budding composer might be capable of releasing an equally impressive collection of originals in the future.