ralphe armstrong

Ralphe Armstrong Bass Player. Born: 1956, Detroit. Classically trained at Michigan's Interlochen School of Fine Arts for four years before joining the Mahavishnu Orchestra at the age of 17 (1973-1975).

He played with Zappa in London, Ontario, on December 5, 1975 (as an in-concert audition) and in Detroit, Michigan, on November 19, 1976 (sitting in as a guest).

Joined ex Mahavishnu Orchestra violinist Jean-Luc Ponty for the Enigmatic Ocean album [Atlantic, 1977] and a Live album [Rhino, 1978], which he describes as the "best example of my electric bass playing on record."

Having spent most of the 1980's raising his children he has returned to playing around Detroit and teaching at the Oberlin Conservatory.


-- info: Charles Ulrich

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