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Route 3 / HepTones Compact Disc (16 tracks)
Ralph Hepola - Tuba Compact Disc (12 tracks)

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Ralph Hepola - Tuba

Improvising tuba player Ralph Hepola performs original music with world-class teammates.

Spectrum Recordings 180820

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Ralph Hepola, tuba
Peter Shu, piano and all keyboards except as noted
Daniel Arlig, acoustic and electric basses
David Stanoch, drums and percussion
Mark Asche, keyboard on Hepmobile and piano on Blue Moment
Peter Lothringer, guitar on Ralph’s Riff and Through the Wringer

Blue Moment; Clarion Call; Hepmobile; Incoming Blues and Phraseology composed and arranged by Ralph
Hepola.
American Landscape and Roots and Wings composed and arranged by Ralph Hepola and Peter Shu.
Three Traditional Celtic Airs: Black-Eyed Susan; Mary, Young and Fair and Scottish Lullaby arranged by
Ralph Hepola and Peter Shu.
Ralph’s Riff and Through the Wringer composed and arranged by Peter Lothringer.

Funded by an Individual Artist Grant awarded to Ralph Hepola by the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council.
Gary Ness, photos
Rita Fonder, graphic design
Aaron Lange, web design
copyright 2019, a HepTones production

a few thoughts about the music

Clarion Call utilizes the chord progression of trumpeter Kenny Dorham’s Blue Bossa. A clarion was a type of trumpet during the Middle Ages. Incidentally, the Latin word for trumpet is tuba.

The title Hepmobile was derived from the Hupmobile, an automobile manufactured from 1909 through 1939 by the Hupp Motor Car Company of Detroit. The piece is a “solo vehicle” for tuba.

Phraseology is a bebop tune with multiple choruses played on the tuba.

Celtic Airs such as Danny Boy and The Blue Bells of Scotland have long been favorites of brass players. This recording presents three that are rarely heard: Black-Eyed Susan; Scottish Lullaby and Mary, Young and Fair.

The last track was inspired by the American Landscape School of Painters who flourished circa 1820 to 1880. Adventuresome and entrepreneurial, they painted scenes of incredible natural beauty on very large canvases.

I will sing and make music to the Lord. – Psalm 27:6


Route 3

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Route 3 takes you on a trip through time and around the country. As you will hear, our repertoire is the Great American Songbook – 150 years of Popular American Music. Enjoy your trip down that magical, musical highway called Route 3!

Musicians
  • Teri Parker-Brown - vocals
  • LeRoy Larson - tenor banjo, ukulele, guitar, mandolin & vocals
  • Ralph Hepola - tuba
  • plus special guest: Dick Bortolussi - drums
  • 1) I Got Rhythm - George Gershwin, lyrics: Ira Gershwin,1930 play-button.png$.99 Buy
  • 2) The Green Door - Bob Davie, lyrics: Marvin Moore, 1956 play-button.png$.99 Buy
  • 3) Medley: Londonderry Air - traditional Irish / Danny Boy - Frederick Edward Weatherly, 1913 play-button.png$.99 Buy
  • 4) Honolulu I Am Coming Back Again - F.B. Silverwood, D. Lindeman, 1919 play-button.png$.99 Buy
  • 5) If I Only Had a Brain - Harold Arlen, lyrics: E.Y. Harburg, 1939 play-button.png$.99 Buy
  • 6) Choucoune (The Mocking Bird) - Michel Mauleart Monton, 19th century play-button.png$.99 Buy
Musicians
  • Teri Parker-Brown - vocals
  • LeRoy Larson - tenor banjo
  • Ralph Hepola - helicon
  • Bud Burniece - soprano saxophone
  • 7) Look What They've Done to My Song Ma - Melanie Safka, 1970 play-button.png$.99 Buy
  • 8) Blue Skies - Irving Berlin, 1927 play-button.png$.99 Buy
  • 9) I'm Just Wild About Harry - Eubie Blake, lyrics: Noble Sissle, 1921 play-button.png$.99 Buy
  • 10) Moonglow - Will Hudson, Eddie De Lange, Irving Mills, 1934 play-button.png$.99 Buy
  • 11) Some of These Days - Shelton Brooks, 1910 play-button.png$.99 Buy

HepTones

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solo tuba – music from past centuries to the twenty-first century – truly unique

Musicians
  • Ralph Hepola - tuba
  • Mark Asche - keyboards
  • Gary Raynor - bass
  • Kevin Washington - drums
  • 1) Hornpipe a l’Inglese - Johann Ernst Galliard (1687-1749) play-button.png$.99 Buy
  • 2) This Is My Father’s World - English melody play-button.png$.99 Buy
  • 3) A Slow Hot Wind - Henry Mancini, 1963 play-button.png$.99 Buy
  • 4) View from Vallarta - R. Hepola play-button.png$.99 Buy
  • 5) At Last - Harry Warren, 1942 play-button.png$.99 Buy
  • 6) Pipe Up! - R. Hepola play-button.png$.99 Buy
Musicians
  • Ralph Hepola - tuba
  • John Warner Jensen - piano
  • 7) Somethin's Slippin' - R. Hepola play-button.png$.99 Buy
  • 8) You Leave Me Breathless - Frederick Hollander, Ralph Freed, 1938 play-button.png$.99 Buy
  • 9) la Samba de Quintas (the Samba of Fifths) - R. Hepola play-button.png$.99 Buy

Route 3 / HepTones Compact Disc

Route 3

Musicians
  • Teri Parker-Brown - vocals
  • LeRoy Larson - tenor banjo, ukulele, guitar, mandolin & vocals
  • Ralph Hepola - tuba
  • plus special guest : Dick Bortolussi - drums

1) I Got Rhythm - George Gershwin, lyrics: Ira Gershwin, 1930
2) The Green Door - Bob Davie, lyrics: Marvin Moore, 1956
3) Medley: Londonderry Air - traditional Irish / Danny Boy - Frederick Edward Weatherly, 1913
4) Honolulu I Am Coming Back Again - F.B. Silverwood, D. Lindeman, 1919
5) If I Only Had a Brain - Harold Arlen, lyrics: E.Y. Harburg, 1939
6) Choucoune (The Mocking Bird) - Michel Mauleart Monton, 19th century
7) Twelfth Street Rag - Euday L. Bowman, 1914
8) Route 3 - R. Hepola

HepTones

Musicians
  • Ralph Hepola - tuba
  • Mark Asche - keyboards
  • Gary Raynor - bass
  • Kevin Washington - drums

9) Le Basque - Marin Marais (1656-1728)
10) Hornpipe a l’Inglese - Johann Ernst Galliard (1687-1749)
11) Spiritoso - Johann Ernst Galliard (1687-1749)
12) This Is My Father’s World - English melody
13) A Slow Hot Wind - Henry Mancini, 1963
14) View from Vallarta - R. Hepola
15) At Last - Harry Warren, 1942
16) Pipe Up! - R. Hepola  

Total Duration of CD: 62:49
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Ralph Hepola - Tuba Compact Disc
Musicians
  • Ralph Hepola, tuba
  • Peter Shu, piano and all keyboards except as noted
  • Daniel Arlig, acoustic and electric basses
  • David Stanoch, drums and percussion
  • Mark Asche, keyboard on Hepmobile and piano on Blue Moment
  • Peter Lothringer, guitar on Ralph’s Riff and Through the Wringer

1) Roots & Wings
2) Clarion Call
3) Hepmobile
4) Blue Moment
5) Phraseology
6) Ralph's Riff
7) Through The Wringer
8) Incoming Blues
9) Black-Eyed Susan
10) Scottish Lullaby
11) Mary, Young And Fair
12) American Landscape

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