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Ralph Hepola - Tuba

by Ralph Hepola

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Clarion Call 05:41
Hepmobile 02:10
Blue Moment 02:15
Phraseology 05:55
Ralph's Riff 05:20


“Tu like a Tuba, fufu like a funker and gro like a groover. This tune has Herbie fusion magic all over it.” 4 stars

- Fiona Ord-Shrimpton, Editor & Curator of the Track of the Day section on All About Jazz, the world’s biggest jazz website, writing about Ralph Hepola’s Roots and Wings from the recording Ralph Hepola – Tuba.

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


released January 3, 2020

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

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Ralph Hepola Missouri

Scandinavian-American improvising tubaist Ralph Hepola
• 42 professional recordings including EMI and Warner Bros.
• 32 video productions
• New York City & Minneapolis/St. Paul freelancing
• Basel Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland
• Northwestern University music degree; student of Arnold Jacobs of Chicago Symphony Orchestra
• United States Army Band of Washington, DC while still a teenager
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