Roberta on the Arts
Toph - E & The Pussycats: Live from Detroit
Contact Roberta
Jazz and Cabaret Corner
On Location with Roberta
In the Galleries: Artists and Photographers
Backstage with the Playwrights and Filmmakers
Classical and Cultural Connections
New CDs
Arts and Education
Upcoming Events
Special Events
Memorable Misadventures
Our Sponsors

Toph - E & The Pussycats: Live from Detroit

- CD Reviews

Toph-E & The Pussycats: Live from Detroit


Chris Parker, Drums
Clifford Carter, Piano and Keyboards
Will Lee, Bass and Vocals
Ralph MacDonald, Percussion
David Mann, Tenor and Soprano Saxes

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
July 18, 2006

This CD is a contemporary fusion of straight jazz with an occasional Latin twist. Drums, percussion, and saxes are strongly featured, with syncopated vocals by the bassist. A few original band compositions are combined with tracks by Miles Davis and Duke Ellington.

Notable tracks:

#1 –Rockin’ in Rhythm – Composed by Duke Ellington, H. Carney, I. Mills. With a piano lead and drum/percussion backup, this dissonant work sets a high energy pace to the entire recording. A vibrating saxophone is featured mid-track and through the frenetic finale.

#2 –Minky, Don’t You Weep – Composed by Chris Parker, Birch Johnson. A clavé beat adds exotic rhythm to this mostly percussive track, composed by drummer, Chris Parker. The Latin infusion stays throughout, sometimes subdued, and a deep saxophone creates smooth sound.

#6 –All Blues – Composed by Miles Davis. This renowned Miles Davis piece takes on some Latin, some piano improvisation, and a soaring lead on saxophone. Drums are soft, clear, and steady, with added melodic keyboard momentum. Clifford Carter keeps the piano interesting and introspective, while the band ends the track in a seamless flourish.

#8 –Mister Magic – Composed by Ralph MacDonald, William Salter. Co-composed by percussionist Ralph MacDonald, the saxophone is fully featured with drums and Latin percussion. The lengthy, duo, drum-percussion passage is infused with electricity and audience appeal.

Another hot theater show this year is Tarzan Tickets, the upcoming Mary Poppins, the Pajama Game, as well as Threepenny Opera Tickets and other hot Broadway Shows.

For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at