Bill Watrous

Roarin' Back into New York, New York

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Trombonist Bill Watrous is heard at the peak of his powers on this Lp from the soon-to-be-obsolete Famous Door label. Joined by pianist Derek Smith, bassist Linc Milliman and drummer Ronnie Bedford, Watrous's technique on the rapid "7 Come 11" is outstanding, his tone on the ballads ("My Ideal" and "I've Got A Crush On You") is beautiful and he takes a near-classic solo on a lengthy "Serenade In Blue." Hopefully the Famous Door catalog (which contains six Watrous albums) will someday be reissued on CD.