The Goat Rodeo Sessions (Live from the House of Blues) - EP
Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile
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||Quarter Chicken Dark||Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer||5:07||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Here and Heaven||Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer & Stuart Duncan||3:37||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Gamba Sonata No. 1, Movement 4||Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer & Stuart Duncan||3:11||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Fiddle Medley||Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer & Stuart Duncan||3:23||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||All Through The Night||Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer & Stuart Duncan||4:41||$1.29||View in iTunes|
The floor seats were filled with eager audience members and excited patrons lined the three-sided perimeters of the mezzanine and loge levels as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Chris Thile, fiddler/multi-instrumentalist Stuart Duncan and double bassist Edgar Meyer took to Boston’s House of Blues stage in late January 2012. Five numbers from that unique concert are featured on this exclusive EP, including “Quarter Chicken Dark” and “Here and Heaven” from the Goat Rodeo Sessions album, which birthed this supergroup. Guest vocalist (and proud Beantown native) Aoife O’Donovan reprises her role on the latter, duetting with Thile. The two also sing on the final encore number, a stirring rendition of the Welsh folk song “All Through the Night”. Thile, Ma and Meyer’s crisp trio interpretation of the fourth movement of Bach’s Gamba Sonata No. 1, in turn, is a fitting nod to the cellist and bassist’s formidable standings in the classical community.
So wish I could have seen this in the cinema when it streamed live.
All of these musicians, individually, are incredibly talented. Together, they are like a pangalactic gargleblaster… Yo Yo Ma seems very interested and amused by the enterprise, Chris Thile seems enthused and genuinely happy to get a challenge, Edgar Meyer… well, he's too quiet to know whether he's planning world domination or just tea. And Stuart Duncan is a new one to me, but in such company I'm sure he's worth his salt. Can't wait to give this a good listen on decent headphones; the single had me laughing out loud for the sheer fun of it.
Ma is the Man!
Always great to hear Ma playing. $5 is a great price for these 5 tracks too.
These guys are all brilliant, playful, creative, and willing to share musical space with each other. When they get together, it's exhilarating to hear what they can do and how, in the presence of each other, they are spurned on to even greater heights. It's refreshing to be in the presence of such innate talent and those who love what they do! Have at it boys!
Born: October 7, 1955 in Paris, France
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s