Robert Lepley | MacDougal St., NYC

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MacDougal St., NYC

by Robert Lepley

A two-CD jazz set of original jazz compositions and arrangements of jazz standards performed by 33 New York-based jazz musicians, 16 jazz bands made up of trios, quartets and quintets, and ONE JAZZ PIANIST!
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. MacDougal St., NYC (feat. Matt Miller, Mike Hall & Jerry Socolov)
12:32 album only
2. Fourth Blues (feat. Chris Carroll, Sam Dillon & Nathan Peck)
7:10 album only
3. Buddy's Bop (feat. Billy Drewes, Glen Drewes, Scott Lee & Matt Wilson)
7:50 album only
4. Blu's Blues (feat. Glen Drewes, Billy Drewes, Scott Lee & Matt Wilson)
7:56 album only
5. A.T.'S Blues (feat. Josh Evans, James Cammack & George Gray)
7:45 album only
6. Oyster Bay Li (feat. John Restrepo, Dominic Duval Jr. & Chris Covais)
8:56 album only
7. Ballad for Sarah (feat. Sarah Turkiew, Lon Ivey & Mike Hall)
8:32 album only
8. Catfish Blues (feat. Frank Bellucci, James Cammack, Sam Dillon & Jerry Sokolov)
9:56 album only
9. Autumn Leaves (feat. Al Cardillo & Frank Bellucci)
5:12 album only
10. In Your Own Sweet Way (feat. Jimi Durso, Ken Hassler & Andrew Grossbard)
7:46 album only
11. Cheek to Cheek (feat. James Cammack & Frank Bellucci)
9:42 album only
12. Floating (feat. James Michelli, Nathan Peck & Chris Carroll)
9:45 album only
13. Little Girl Blue (feat. Stephan Crump & Rodney Harrison)
10:28 album only
14. Dolphin Dance (feat. Ian Petillo, John Ray & Steven Gluzband)
8:17 album only
15. Skylark (feat. Matt Miller & Dominic Duval Jr.)
7:13 album only
16. Emily (feat. Roger Hines & Joseph Ong)
8:07 album only
17. Bernie's Tune (feat. Billy Drewes, Ratzo Harris & Tom Rainey)
5:11 album only
18. Over the Rainbow
6:12 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
I began the first of my three careers playing organ in a 60s rock band performing gems such as Woolly Bully, Green Onions and Louie Louie. On Saturday mornings, still groggy from pumping out rock and roll on Friday nights, I taught piano lessons at a music store in my hometown of Lancaster, Ohio.
Then, jazz set me on fire. Bird! Diz! Miles! Coltrane! Monk! Powell! I cut my teeth on a six-night-a-week trio gig in Columbus during my time at Ohio State. When Glen Miller's Orchestra and Bob Crosby's Bobcats came to town I copped those gigs as well.
Another song from that era, Neil Young's (“Four Dead In) Ohio”, gave voice to the tragedy of the war in Vietnam and led to career number two as an activist and community organizer. I directed an anti-war organization, built coalitions dealing with race and poverty issues, developed a program to assist young men who wanted to leave violent gangs, and helped to close a nuclear reactor. Exciting days!
Career three: 25 years as an ordained parish minister with the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ. During the crack epidemic in Brooklyn in the 1980s, drug dealers across the street from my church killed two teenagers and I helped the neighbors on the block organize a campaign to drive the dealers out.This is what I thought ministers should do. This story appeared on the front page of the May 31, 1990 edition of the New York Times in an article written by Chris Hedges.
The struggle for peace and justice is dependent upon people of good will and compassion who are willing to work selflessly for the common good, for nonviolence, to respect all people, and to protect nature and our sacred earth.
MacDougal Street, NYC is my second recording. My first was Visions Within consisting of my vocal settings of Rainer Maria Rilke’s poems, recorded by the New York Voices and narrated by the actress Meryl Streep. I call it "Gregorian Chant Meets the New Millennium". Visions Within is available online at MSR Classics.
I'm a lucky guy! I've loved my work. I love my wonderful wife Martha Helen Chamberlain, and we adore our awesome son Benford Chamberlain Lepley. Life is good. Hope you enjoy the music!
MacDougal Street, NYC was three years in the making. Disc 1 contains my original jazz compositions and Disc 2 my arrangements of jazz tunes and songs from the Great American Songbook. It's been my pleasure and privilege to perform and record with these 33 mostly New York based talented musicians over my 48 year career:
DRUMMERS: Frank Bellucci, Chris Carrol, Chris Covais, George Gray, Rodney Harrison, Ken Hassler, Lon Ivey, Matt Miller, Joe Ong, Ian Petello, Tom Rainey, Matt Wilson.
BASSISTS: Al Cardillo, James Cammack, Stephan Crump, Jimi Durso, Dominic Duval, Jr., Mike Hall, Ratzo Harris, Roger Hines, Scott Lee, Nathan Peck, John Ray.
SAX PLAYERS: Sam Dillon, Billy Drewes, Andrew Grossbard, James Micelli, John Restrepo, Sarah Turkiew.
TRUMPET PLAYERS: Glenn Drewes, Josh Evans, Steve Gluzband, Jerry Sokolov.



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