Flappers  marks the first solo effort by Charlie Ringas as composer/drummer/bandleader, and the formation of Don Valley Parkway as a performing unit.

Spending most of 1985 writing the music, by the spring of 1986 this electric ensemble of guitar, keyboards, bass and drums, was assembled and ready to embark on some challenging musical adventures.

The compositions presented here draw on a wide range of influences. There is a symphonic approach of wide ranging constructs,
integrating some fiery improvising over unusual chord sequences and shifting time signatures throughout. However, on noting that, there's plenty of straight ahead rhythms and harmonic sequences, that brings balance to the overall scope of this recorded effort.

With all this activity going on, the group's overall sound is coherent and compact. And as this music demands your full attention, what it offers is a generous output, to an engaging listening experience.


DON VALLEY PARKWAY


John Gzowski - guitar


Richard Uglow - keyboards

(tr 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13)


Paul Cartwright - keyboards

(tr 1, 3, 8, 10, 12)


Stuart Steinhart - bass

 (tr 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13)


Alfred Gertler - bass

(tr 1, 3, 8, 10, 12)

Charlie Ringas - drums, percussion

Produced by Charlie Ringas
 

 

Tracks 5, 7, 13

recorded and mixed by Wiggert van Aardevelt

at Zaza Sound, July 1986.

Tracks 2, 4, 6, 9, 11

recorded and mixed by Eric Kofler

at the Forest Recording Studio, August 1986.

Tracks 1, 3, 8, 10, 12

recorded and mixed by Eric Kofler

at the Forest Recording Studio, January 1987.

Tape to DAT transfer by Peter Hudson

at Friendly Pirate Studios, September 1994.

Remastered and re-edited by John Magyar

at Psychospace Sound Studios, November 2007

Additional percussion tracks

performed by Charlie Ringas

and recorded by Garnet Willis

at Noisetree Digital Audio, March & April 2015.

Remixed and remastered by Garnet Willis

at Noisetree Digital Audio, June 2015.

 

© by Charlie Ringas