You gather respected musicians Clifford Carter on keys, Ralph MacDonald on percussion, Chris Parker on drums, David Mann on sax and Will Lee on bass and vocals, call them Toph-E & the Pussycats and release a live album called Live in Detroit. What do you think it’s going to be-safe and predictable? Of course not. You never know where the music’s headed with this CD, which is part of the fun. A wild, free-flowing take on Duke Ellington’s “Rockin’ in Rhythm,” for example, is followed by a sensual original tune called “Minky, Don’t You Weep” that’s a real showcase for Mann.
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