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  • Audio CD (24 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B005GRTNXM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,784 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Yo-Yo Ma once again embraces styles and traditions that go beyond classical music by bringing together four American string virtuosos and creating a new kind of chamber ensemble. Joining Yo-Yo Ma are bassist Edgar Meyer, mandolinist Chris Thile and fiddler Stuart Duncan. With strong bluegrass influences in evidence, The Goat Rodeo Sessions is a landmark album project by four of the greatest instrumentalists in music today. While each musician is a renowned superstar in his own sphere, they have come together now as a unified ensemble on a most remarkable and organic cross-genre project stemming from their friendship, and the title concept.

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Despite this being a fusion of the unlikeliest of styles, i.e. Scottish/Irish folk,bluegrass,jazz,classical, this is music making of a very high order, played with great feeling and virtuosity. There is a cohesion between the musicians that usually only comes after years of playing together. The "Average Customer Review" has been pulled out of shape by somebody elsewhere giving it one star because it didn't arrive wrapped in cellophane, so I feel compelled to accord it five to help redress the balance. Lots to enjoy here, cellophane or no..
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Phenomenal album by these renowned musicians, I wouldn't say no to another collaboration. Aoife O'Donovan and Chris Thile's harmonising vocals are flawless on Here and Heaven and No One But You are flawlessly beautiful. Here and Heaven is one of my all time favourite songs, incredible strings, amazing musicians.
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Yo-Yo Ma has produced some brilliant jazzy CDs, as well as some supreme Classical work. My favourite, of the 'jazzy' type is 'Appalachian Journey.' 'Goat Road Sessions' doesn't have the same immediate appeal, for me. But I shall listen to it often.
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For the adventurous listener, these performances show just what a collective of superb musicians there is on this disc. This may not be initially to everybody's taste. But be patent and you will discover something that is musically exciting, with outstanding recorded sound. I have a hunch this will gather new friends if there is any justice out there.
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By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 2 Nov. 2011
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Chamber bluegrass eh? Who'd have thought it? I'm not big on classical music but can only admire Yo Yo Ma's enthusiasm for taking on new projects and you know this one shouldn't work, yet somehow it does. Starting with a traditional Irish/Scottish reel in Attaboy, this style is revisited in various other tracks whilst other styles are tried out on the likes of a bluesy Quarter Chicken Dark, traditional folk on Here and Heaven, a more classical style piece in Franz and the Eagle and the haunting No one but you. The closing track is the only dissapointment for me varying as it does between jazzy avant garde breaks and off-kilter classical sort of stuff. Whilst possibly the most ambitious track on the album it jars against the melodic breezyness of the other tracks and its abrupt ending leave one rather in the lurch. It's a shame as the rest of the album is superb and the combo work well together. Still highly recommended though
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Well, I can't get enough of this permutation of musicians. I've always been a fan of Stuart Duncan, since his days with The Nashville Bluegrass Band, and I'm now a huge HUGE fan of The Punch Brothers. Now I've added Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer to my list of people whose music I will go out and buy without even hearing it first.

This collection is stellar. I can either sit and listen to it intently, or put it on as background, and do things like work on my novel to the tracks--it's that kind of CD. Each track has the ability to stick in the head in a good way, and I find myself not skipping tracks, but playing the CD straight through. Each track develops a musical theme--which becomes instantly recognisable and memorable--much like classical music does. The theme weaves through, gets treatment by different instrumental groupings, returns to the original, goes off into unexpected directions.

I would describe the style of this CD as elegant as opposed to lush, in that nothing is ever done for show-offy reasons, and the musical integrity itself takes precedence over everything else--including the virtuosity of the performers. They are happy to play 'simple' when the music calls for it. This is a collaboration made in heaven ...but then so are The Punch Brothers. Some musical groupings just 'work.' This one certainly does.

And speaking of heaven ...the track "Here and Heaven"--one of only two vocal tracks on the album--is one of Chris Thile's best lyrical and musical offerings to date. As in so many of his songs, the meaning of the lyrics doesn't gel immediately, because the quality of the music is so high and proves an initial distraction. But when the meanings of the lyrics do fall into place ...as these did for me only this morning ...
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Let's be fair, this is beautiful music, but it feels pretty po faced. I was expecting more irreverence and, simply, joy but it was not forthcoming. What should be virtuoso musicians having fun with a popular format, feels instead like the stiffness of the concert hall brought to the square dance. Despite repeated listening I still feel this way. Sorry.
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The last track is ended so abruptly that it leaves you with a deep feeling of "I want more!". This is not classical or blues or jazz or Irish/Scottish music per se but a mixture of all of them with a couple of tracks rounded with the angelic voice of Aoife O'Donovan.

These guys surely have had great fun making this album. It's noted they understand each other very well and each one should be very generous because being geniuses as they are playing their own instrument, the balance between them sounds perfect.

Highly recommendable!
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