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Goat Rodeo Sessions / Yo-Yo- Ma, Stuart Cuncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile - Deluxe Edition [CD & DVD-Video]

Audio Samples

>Thile, Chris : Attaboy, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Thile, Chris : Quarter Chicken Dark, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Thile, Chris : Helping Hand, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Thile, Chris : Where's My Bow?, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Thile, Chris : Here and Heaven, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Thile, Chris : Franz and the Eagle, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Thile, Chris : Less is Moi, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Thile, Chris : Hill Justice, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Thile, Chris : No One But You, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Thile, Chris : 13
>     8, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Thile, Chris : Goat Rodeo, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Thile, Chris : Parallax, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Thile, Chris : Mostly Six Eight, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Gamba Sonata no 1
>     Movement 4
>Traditional : Fiddle Medley
>Welsh Traditional : Ar Hyd y Nos (All Through the Night), folk song

Album Summary

>Thile, Chris : Attaboy, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Thile, Chris : Quarter Chicken Dark, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Thile, Chris : Helping Hand, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Thile, Chris : Where's My Bow?, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Thile, Chris : Here and Heaven, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Thile, Chris : Franz and the Eagle, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Thile, Chris : Less is Moi, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Thile, Chris : Hill Justice, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Thile, Chris : No One But You, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Thile, Chris : 13
>Thile, Chris : Goat Rodeo, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Thile, Chris : Parallax, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Thile, Chris : Mostly Six Eight, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Gamba Sonata no 1
>Traditional : Fiddle Medley
>Welsh Traditional : Ar Hyd y Nos (All Through the Night), folk song
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Notes & Reviews:

The Goat Rodeo Sessions has sold over 160,000 albums, debuted at #23 on the Billboard Top 200 chart (Yo-Yo Ma's highest debut), #1 on Billboard's Classical Crossover and Classical Overall charts, and debuted and remained at #1 for 11 weeks on the Billboard Bluegrass chart. THE GOAT RODEO SESSIONS DELUXE EDITION comes just in time for the holidays, featuring an expanded version of the CD plus a DVD packed with live performances and rare glimpses inside the recording studio. The CD includes the original bestselling album with five additional songs: two studio tracks and three songs recorded live at House of Blues in Boston. The DVD features five in-studio performance videos filmed during the album's recording sessions, along with artist interviews and extensive behind-the scenes footage.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Barn, Lenox, Massachusetts (2011-06-12_2011-06-15&2011-).

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 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. ~ William Ruhlmann



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Works Details

>Thile, Chris : Attaboy, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
  • Performers: Chris Thile (Mandolin); Stuart Duncan (Fiddle); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Stuart Duncan (1964 - ), Edgar Meyer (1961 - ).
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Thile, Chris : Quarter Chicken Dark, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
  • Performers: Chris Thile (Mandolin); Stuart Duncan (Fiddle); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Stuart Duncan (1964 - ), Edgar Meyer (1961 - ).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Thile, Chris : Helping Hand, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
  • Performers: Chris Thile (Guitar); Stuart Duncan (Mandolin); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Stuart Duncan (1964 - ), Edgar Meyer (1961 - ).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Thile, Chris : Where's My Bow?, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
  • Performers: Chris Thile (Fiddle); Stuart Duncan (Fiddle); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Stuart Duncan (1964 - ), Edgar Meyer (1961 - ).
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Thile, Chris : Here and Heaven, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
  • Performers: Chris Thile (Mandolin); Aoife O'Donovan (Voice); Stuart Duncan (Fiddle); Stuart Duncan (Fretless Banjo); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Aoife O'Donovan (1982 - ), Stuart Duncan (1964 - ), Edgar Meyer (1961 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Thile, Chris : Franz and the Eagle, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
  • Performers: Chris Thile (Mandolin); Stuart Duncan (Fiddle); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Edgar Meyer (Piano)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Stuart Duncan (1964 - ), Edgar Meyer (1961 - ).
  • Running Time: 6 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Thile, Chris : Less is Moi, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
  • Performers: Chris Thile (Mandolin); Stuart Duncan (Banjo); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Stuart Duncan (1964 - ), Edgar Meyer (1961 - ).
  • Running Time: 7 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Thile, Chris : Hill Justice, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
  • Performers: Chris Thile (Mandolin); Stuart Duncan (Fiddle); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Stuart Duncan (1964 - ), Edgar Meyer (1961 - ).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Thile, Chris : No One But You, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
  • Performers: Chris Thile (Mandolin); Aoife O'Donovan (Voice); Stuart Duncan (Fiddle); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Edgar Meyer (Piano)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Stuart Duncan (1964 - ), Edgar Meyer (1961 - ).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Thile, Chris : 13 :: 8, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
  • Performers: Chris Thile (Mandolin); Stuart Duncan (Fiddle); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Stuart Duncan (1964 - ), Edgar Meyer (1961 - ).
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Thile, Chris : Goat Rodeo, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
  • Performers: Chris Thile (Mandolin); Stuart Duncan (Fiddle); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Stuart Duncan (1964 - ), Edgar Meyer (1961 - ).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Thile, Chris : Parallax, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
  • Performers: Chris Thile (Mandolin); Stuart Duncan (Fiddle); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Stuart Duncan (1964 - ), Edgar Meyer (1961 - ).
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Thile, Chris : Mostly Six Eight, for bass, cello, fiddle & mandolin
  • Performers: Chris Thile (Mandolin); Stuart Duncan (Fiddle); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Stuart Duncan (1964 - ), Edgar Meyer (1961 - ).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Gamba Sonata no 1 :: Movement 4
  • Performers: Chris Thile (Mandolin); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Traditional : Fiddle Medley
  • Performers: Chris Thile (Mandolin); Stuart Duncan (Fiddle); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Welsh Traditional : Ar Hyd y Nos (All Through the Night), folk song
  • Performers: Chris Thile (Mandolin); Aoife O'Donovan (Voice); Stuart Duncan (Fretless Banjo); Stuart Duncan (Fiddle); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: by 1784
  • Studio/Live: Live