Music Review: Musical Cousins
AN EVENING IN THE VILLAGE: The Music of Béla Bartók by Jake Schepps (Fine Mighty)
Hungarian composer Béla Bartók got his best stuff from rural folk, and banjoist Jake Schepps takes Bartók’s music back to the countryside—American style. Leading a grassy roots ensemble of banjo, violin, mandolin, guitar, cello, and bass, Schepps adroitly balances the refined and the rustic while indulging Bartók’s ear for spirited melodies and swelling emotionalism. It’s a marriage so natural that you might hardly notice when “Cousin Sally Brown” strolls through the proceedings.
Have something to say? Send a letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. This article first appeared in the November-December 2011 issue of Utne Reader.