Detroit bassist Ralphe Armstrong is the ideal musician to celebrate the legacy of fusion -- the amalgam of jazz, rock and funk that first made waves in the 1970s
-- because he was once at the eye of the storm. A virtuoso on electric and acoustic basses, Armstrong has a big, charismatic personality, and his powerful band can go from zero to 100 in an instant.
These days, Ralphe tours, performs at various jazz venues locally and internationally, including the annual Detroit Jazz Festival, teaches at Cass Technical High School, Wayne State University and University of Michigan, produces, writes and conducts bass clinics. Ralphe's sophomore CD project, released in 2015 Detroit Rising is a CD that encompasses Jazz, Rock, Fusion and Blues all rolled into one wonderful listening experience. Ralphe was joined in the recording session by many great Detroit musicians, as well as Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson) from London, England, Reggie Wooten from Nashville, the late Larry Coryell (11th House) and the late Alphonse Mouzon (Weather Report).