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
Gary Ness, photos
Rita Fonder, graphic design
Aaron Lange, web design
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.
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 to1880. 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
a HepTones production; funded by an Individual Artist Grant awarded to Ralph Hepola by the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council; copyright 2019
"Ralph Hepola’s "Tuba" carves out a place for the much-maligned horn in modern jazz. The virtuoso tuba player leads his quartet through a set of his freewheeling originals, playing with remarkable fluency as the lead instrument."
"Ralph Hepola makes a strong case for the tuba as a lead instrument in jazz."
"Hey Jazz Fans – Ready for Some Hipster Heptones? Veteran tuba master Ralph Hepola creates a dynamic, supremely soulful new lead voice for the idiom on his eclectic debut album “Tuba”."
"Tu like a tuba, fufu like a funker and gro like a groover. This tune has Herbie fusion magic all over it." - 4 stars.