January 19, 2008
The Expedition Quartet plays engaging, dynamic material that reflects the Colorado aesthetic of roots music. They remain true to the artistic values of stringband, yet draws on certain jazz sensibilities, such as extensive musical interplay, more extended harmonies and creative composition. The recent release Ten Thousand Leaves features the Quartet and was produced by Matt Flinner. The Expedition Quartet is a partner band of The Steampowered Preservation Society.
Jake Schepps is known for his intelligent touch on the banjo and his imaginative variation on stringband music. He has studied traditional and progressive bluegrass with banjoists Mark Vann and Tony Trischka, as well as composition and jazz from trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Art Lande. Jake is a frequent contributor to Banjo Newsletter, the banjo community’s premier print journal, and also plays in the “chamber-grass” ensemble Strings of Tao. In addition to music, Jake teaches emergency wilderness medicine around the world.
“Nothing less than excellent music, in both form and function.” –Sing Out
“A stellar group of musicians.” –Tony Trischka
“Music played with a soulful touch.” –Banjo Newsletter
“All progressive stringbands should be this easy to listen to.” –JazzMando.com
“Intrigues and entertains.” –Bluegrass Unlimited
“The Expedition Quartet dispels all preconceptions.” –Global Rhythm
“This is an artist to watch out for.” –International Acoustic Music Awards
“Evocative thrills in each musical measure” –Talent on Display
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