The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile
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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.
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This is an amazing release that deserves a listen by any and all musicians ... or ... anyone willing to take a ride through an album full of beautiful musical stories. While it's certainly a challenge to classify this release genre-wise, it's unfortunate this has been labeled 'Classical'. I'd argue for something like bluegrass-classical-jazz fusion if there were such a category.
Take a chance and give this a listen ... with headphones or a great stereo ... and I promise, you won't be disappointed.
Don't Be Fooled!
Amazing venture! No doubt, there will be the usual bluegrass snobbery and envy-riddled, wannabe musicians that will try to pass this off as a half-hearted attempt by these virtuoso to make some pocket change... Don't be fooled; the reality that comes to the forefront is this is an amazing recording of amazing music played by amazing musicians. We are blessed that they would come together like this and give us an hour, or so of wonderful music to escape into.... for just a little while.
I cannot get enough Chris Thile, or any of his collaborations. Had to buy this!
Nacido(a): 07 de octubre de 1955 en Paris, France
Años de actividad: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s