Bill Watrous – Manhattan Wildlife Refuge (1974)

Bill Watrous - Manhattan Wildlife Refuge (1974)
Artist: Bill Watrous
Album: Manhattan Wildlife Refuge
Genre: Post-Bop, Big Band
Origin: USA
Released: 1974
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

1. Spain
2. Sho
3. Dichotomy
4. Zip City
5. Fourth Floor Walk-up
6. Dee Dee
7. Ayo


Manhattan Wildlife Refuge and its follow-up, The Tiger of San Pedro, are the only two recordings of trombonist Bill Watrous’ impressive big band of the mid-’70s. Watrous, who takes an uncharacteristically crazy cadenza on “Fourth Floor Walk-Up,” is in top form on such numbers as Chick Corea’s “Spain,” “Dichotomy,” and “Zip City.” Among his more notable sidemen are trumpeter Danny Stiles, guitarist Joe Beck, and pianist Dick Hyman. Available on CD as of July 2007, this reissue has been well worth waiting for.
Review by Scott Yanow

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