Lalo Schifrin - Towering Toccata

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Lalo Schifrin - Towering Toccata
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Studio album by Lalo Schifrin
Released 1977
Recorded October 18 & 20 and December 21, 1976
Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Genre Jazz, jazz-funk
Label CTI
CTI 5003
Producer Creed Taylor
Lalo Schifrin chronology
Black Widow
Towering Toccata
Voyage of the Damned


  "Towering Toccata" is an album by Argentine composer, pianist and conductor Lalo Schifrin recorded in 1976 and released on the CTI label.




The Allmusic review states "it isn't the ideal follow-up to Black Widow that Schifrin fans might have hoped for. That said, the album has enough strong tunes and enough of a consistent sound to please hardcore Lalo Schifrin fans and anyone who loved Black Widow".

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Allmusic 3/5 stars

The song "Roller Coaster" would be re-recorded and released on Schifrin's soundtrack to the 1977 film Rollercoaster.


Track listing

All compositions by Lalo Schifrin except as indicated

  1. "Towering Toccata" (Johann Sebastian Bach) - 5:04
  2. "Frances' Theme" - 4:19
  3. "Macumba" - 6:12
  4. "Eagles in Love" - 2:51
  5. "Theme from King Kong" (John Barry) - 4:12
  6. "Most Wanted Theme" - 2:44
  7. "Midnight Woman" - 6:07
  8. "Roller Coaster" - 4:45
  • Recorded at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on October 18 & 20 and December 21, 1976



  • Lalo Schifrin - piano, keyboards, arranger, conductor
  • Burt Collins, John Frosk, John Gatchell - trumpet
  • Urbie Green - trombone
  • Joe Farrell, Jeremy Steig - flute
  • Gerry neiwood - alto saxophone
  • David Tofani, Lou Marini - tenor saxophone, flute
  • Ronnie Cuber - baritone saxophone
  • Clark Spangler - keyboards
  • Eric Gale, John Tropea - guitar
  • Will Lee - bass
  • Steve Gadd - drums, dahka-de-bello
  • Max Ellen, Paul Gershman, Emanuel Green, Charles Libove, Marvin Morgenstern, David Nadien, Max Pollikoff, Matthew Raimondi - violin
  • Lamar Alsop, Manny Vardi - viola
  • Charles McCracken, Alan Shulman - cello




Lalo Schifrin - Towering Toccata

UK CTI 5003 stereo (1977).

Album produced by Creed taylor.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The albums laminated, hinged cover, is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

The album cover has a strong, undamaged hinge and spine, displaying very clear, printed script.

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