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Goat Rodeo Sessions / Yo-Yo Ma, Duncan, Meyer, Thile [Deluxe Edition]

Ma,Yo-yo / Duncan,Stuart / Meyer,Edgar / Thile,Chr
Release Date: 10/22/2012 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 197716  
Composer:  Stuart DuncanEdgar MeyerChris ThileAoife O'Donovan,   ... 
Performer:  Yo-Yo MaEdgar MeyerChris ThileStuart Duncan,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The last time cellist Yo-Yo Ma teamed with bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolin player Chris Thile (of Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers fame) for a classical/bluegrass hybrid, the result was the gold-selling Songs of Joy & Peace. Here, Ma, Meyer, and Thile are joined by fiddler Stuart Duncan in a different kind of string quartet. The slang phrase "goat rodeo," according the Urban Dictionary, "is about the most polite term used by aviation people (and others in higher risk situations) to describe a scenario that requires about 100 things to go right at once if you intend to walk away from it." That may be overstating the case for a group of musicians, most of whom have worked together and succeeded before, but it also Read more carries a rural connotation that is appropriate for music that is, for the most part, closer to bluegrass than classical.

The tunes were written by Duncan, Meyer, and Thile, and Ma's role is largely supportive. After the fast pieces Attaboy and Quarter Chicken Dark, Helping Hand is the first slower number, with Thile switching to guitar and Duncan taking over the mandolin for a musical conversation between the two instruments. Where's My Bow? is a violin/cello/bass trio with Thile sitting out, and it is one of the few tracks that leans more toward the classical side, boasting a big, dramatic finish. The more exotic Here and Heaven finds both Thile and Meyer at times playing the Renaissance instrument the gamba, as Duncan picks up a fretless banjo, all of them backing a vocal duet between Thile and Aoife O'Donovan of Crooked Still. Meyer moves to piano for the slow, thoughtful Franz and the Eagle, another piece that has more of a classical bent. The rest of the album is in a progressive bluegrass mode, Less Is Moi mixing several short themes and allowing room for improvisation, and 13:8 taken quickly, with Duncan and Thile interacting briskly.

It doesn't really seem as if 100 things had to go right for The Goat Rodeo Sessions to work; it only required four or five talented musicians to play and sing in sympathetic unity, and that they did, making this a satisfying experience for more adventurous classical and bluegrass fans.

– All Music Guide

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DVD Tracklist: 1. INSIDE THE GOAT RODEO SESSIONS
2. STRING THEORY: YO-YO TALKS WITH STUART, EDGAR AND CHRIS ABOUT THEIR INSTRUMENTS
3. JIG IN A SNOWSTORM: TALKIN’ ABOUT “ATTABOY”
4. ATTABOY (Live Performance)
5. STRANGE HAND TO HOLD: TALKIN’ ABOUT “HERE AND HEAVEN”
6. HERE AND HEAVEN (Live Performance)
7. STEADY EIGHT: TALKIN’ ABOUT “HELPING HAND”
8. HELPING HAND (Live Performancce)
9. NO ONE BUT YOU (Live Performance) 10. PARALLAX (Live Performance)
11. QUARTER CHICKEN DARK (Live Performance)
12. CHECK YOUR TUNING! 13. THE GOAT RODEO COCKTAIL Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Attaboy by Stuart Duncan
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Chris Thile (Mandolin),
Stuart Duncan (Banjo)
2.
Quarter Chicken Dark by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Chris Thile (Mandolin),
Stuart Duncan (Banjo)
3.
Helping Hand by Chris Thile
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Chris Thile (Mandolin),
Stuart Duncan (Banjo)
4.
Where's My Bow? by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Chris Thile (Mandolin),
Stuart Duncan (Banjo)
5.
Here and Heaven by Aoife O'Donovan
Performer:  Chris Thile (Mandolin), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello),
Stuart Duncan (Banjo), Aoife O'Donovan (Voice)
6.
Franz And The Eagle by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Chris Thile (Mandolin),
Stuart Duncan (Banjo)
7.
Less is Moi by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Chris Thile (Mandolin),
Stuart Duncan (Banjo)
8.
Hill Justice by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Chris Thile (Mandolin),
Stuart Duncan (Banjo)
9.
No One But You by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Chris Thile (Mandolin), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello),
Stuart Duncan (Banjo), Aoife O'Donovan (Voice)
10.
13:8 by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Chris Thile (Mandolin),
Stuart Duncan (Banjo)
11.
Goat Rodeo by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Chris Thile (Mandolin),
Stuart Duncan (Banjo)
12.
Parallax by Stuart Duncan
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Chris Thile (Mandolin),
Stuart Duncan (Banjo)
13.
Mostly Six Eight by Stuart Duncan
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Chris Thile (Mandolin),
Stuart Duncan (Banjo)
14.
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 1 in G major, BWV 1027: 4th movement, Allegro moderato by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Chris Thile (Mandolin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: Live 
Venue:  House of Blues, Boston 
15.
Fiddle Medley by Stuart Duncan
Performer:  Chris Thile (Mandolin), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello),
Stuart Duncan (Banjo)
Date of Recording: Live 
Venue:  House of Blues, Boston 
16.
All through the night, 'Ar hyd y nos' by Traditional
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Chris Thile (Mandolin),
Stuart Duncan (Banjo), Aoife O'Donovan (Voice)
Date of Recording: Live 
Venue:  House of Blues, Boston 

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