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Toph-E and the Pussycats: Live in Detroit

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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