In the late 70’s the Amon Carter Museum of Fort Worth, Texas commissioned Richard Avedon to do a photographic project about the American west. The project, titled “In the American West,” still stands as a definitive expression of the power of photographic art, and offer an exceedingly powerful and graphically striking look at people. Each of the movements of In the American West, represents specific towns where Avedon photographed. In addition, the concept of composing a string quartet for banjo, violin, guitar, and bass comes from my experience in 2006 at the Banff Centre’s Jazz program with Dave Douglas. My arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s intense tango also comes form my time in Banff. “The Rise” is named after the extraordinary geologic features in Sinks Canyon outside Lander, Wyoming where the Popo Agie River disappears into the limestone, and reappears about a mile downstream at The Rise. It also is at the locale of the National Outdoor Leadership School’s original headquarters. This album’s title “Ten Thousand Leaves” comes from the 7th century collection of Japanese poems of the same name.
released 01 August 2007
Jake Schepps: 5-string banjo
Ryan Drickey: violin
Matt Flinner: mandolin
Greg Schochet: mandolin & guitar
Eric Thorin: bass
Special Guest : Adam Aijala on "The Rise"
Recorded at Notably Fine Audio, Denver, Colorado March 26-31.
Engineered by Colin Bricker and Mario Casilio
Additional Recording at Unpainted Huffhines, Nashville, Tennessee
Mixed by Brent Truitt at Unpainted Huffhines, Nashville, Tennessee
Mastered by David Glasser, Airshow Mastering, Boulder, Colorado
Matt Flinner appears courtesy of Compass Records
Photos by JT Thomas www.jtthomasphotography.com
Design by Alicia Buelow www.aliciabuelow.com