by Jake Schepps Quintet

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Roy Meerkamper
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Roy Meerkamper Not classic bluegrass, but classical bluegrass. Thanks to Ed Buckley. Favorite track: Flatiron II: Herringbone (Mellits).
Dillon Ethier
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Dillon Ethier Instrumental bluegrass chamber music is how I'd describe this album. Absolutely wonderful. Check this out if you liked The Goat Rodeo Sessions. Ed Buckley pulls me ever closer to bankruptcy.... which doesn't seem so bad, as long as I can listen to this. Favorite track: Flatiron V: Mahogany (Mellits).
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Ed Buckley This is an intriguing bit of Newgrass that desires classical music status. If that description confuses you, think a modern classical repertoire as played by a traditional Bluegrass band. Compositionally interesting and very well played, have I finally found something Michael will like? I fear not, alas; but the offer of a beer still stands. :-)
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Flatiron (Marc Mellits) (25:50) (Tracks 1-8)
Drawn (Matt McBane) (23:27) (Tracks 9-13)
Migrations (Matt Flinner) (20:32) (Tracks 14-17)
Stumble Smooth (Gyan Riley) (7:33) (Track 18)
Porcupine Rim (Jake Schepps) (3:42) (Track 19)
Total time: 77:37

The music on this album represents some of the first ever long-form works written by classical composers for the traditional 5-piece bluegrass string band, an ensemble that was minted when banjoist Earl Scruggs joined Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys in 1945. By commissioning these pieces, I hope to offer a fresh perspective on this iconic instrumental combination, and a prismatic view into these four fascinating compositional worlds.


released January 27, 2015

Jake Schepps: banjo
Matt Flinner: Mandolin
Ryan Drickey; violin (Drawn)
Enion Pelta-Tiller: violin
Grant Gordy: guitar (Flatiron)
Ross Martin: guitar
Eric Thorin: bass

Produced by Jake Schepps
and Matt Flinner (Migrations) and Matt McBane (Drawn)

"Flatiron" recorded in December, 2012 at Mountain House Studio, Nederland, CO
"Drawn" recorded in December 2013 at eTown Studios, Boulder, CO
"Migrations," "Stumble Smooth" and "Porcupine Rim" recorded in March 2014 at Immersive Studio, Boulder, CO

All sessions engineered and mixed by Justin Peacock, The Hook Factory, Denver, CO
Mastered by David Glasser, Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO
Artwork by Rob Helmstetter, LookyHere.net



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Jake Schepps Boulder, Colorado

Jake Schepps has made a name for himself as a banjo renaissance man, an artist with not only an adroit touch on his instrument but an intrepid, imaginative vision for contemporary stringband music. Based in Boulder, Colorado, he leads the Jake Schepps Quintet, playing longform classical works written for string band, music by Bela Bartok, and of course some good ol' bluegrass. ... more

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