This Is for the Night People

This Is for the Night People

by Ralph


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This Is for the Night People

Ralph Alfonso, a Vancouver poet who used to live in Toronto back in the day and managed its premier 1977 punk band, the Diodes, leads Ralph. For this CD, he sets his beat poetry verse to '50s style downbeat jazz with discordant blue piano, vibes, swirling '60s organs, flute, and some real finger-snapping jazz bass, drums, and guitar. The witty, cultured Alfonso name-checks Jack Kerouac, Mario Lanza, John Coltrane, Paul Desmond, and Wes Montgomery and then pulls out one of Montgomery's patented guitar lines -- just one funny moment here of the tough-talking city dweller speaking at us from the streets but with an innate sense of cool. I like his tribute to Canadian big towns on the title track, maybe we'll see him downtown one late night when nothing's still open except the dive bars. You imagine him wearing a beret, sporting a jazz 'fro on his chin, and saying "Das cool daddy o." But would he shoot an apple off the head of his wife in Mexico?

Product Details

Release Date: 09/17/2002
Label: Bongo Beat Records
UPC: 0767003195828
catalogNumber: 1958

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ralph   Primary Artist
Dave Hamilton   Snare Drums
Lee Aaron   Vocals
John Cody   Drums
Lauren Agnelli   Bass,Vocals
Dave Rave   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Blair Packham   Bass
Ralph Alfonso   Vocals,Whisper,Hi Hat
Adam Drake   Drums
Michael Rummen   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Ron Stelting   Percussion,Drums
Tracy Marks   Piano,Moog Synthesizer,Hammond B3
Tom Harrison   Percussion,Bongos
Graham Howell   Flute,Saxophone

Technical Credits

Blair Packham   Engineer
Jeff Dawson   Engineer,Remixing
Tracy Marks   Audio Production

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