Fine Mighty Records
As the title implies, this new project from the Jake Schepps Quintet is a musical conglomeration that takes intriguing twists and turns with the quintessential bluegrass combo of banjo, mandolin, guitar, violin, and bass. Schepps turned to several composers who struck his fancy to write classic music for a bluegrass string band combo—Marc Mellits (“Flatiron”), Matt McBane (“Drawn”), renowned mandolinist Matt Flinner (“Migrations”), and Gyan Riley (“Stumble Smooth”).
“The idea was to take somebody from within my world to write a long-form piece, to show what these classical composers bring to the table compared to what a great composer within the string band world does,” says Schepps. Joining the banjo pioneer on the CD is Flinner (mandolin), Ryan Drickey (violin), Enion Pelta-Tiller (violin), Grant Gordy (guitar), Ross Martin (guitar), and Eric Thorin (bass). Kick back and enjoy seventy-plus minutes of new acoustic music that will take you across a beautiful boundary-testing landscape of string band music. (www.jakeschepps.com)BC