Arachnophonia : “The Goat Rodeo Sessions”

Editor’s note: Arachnophonia is a regular feature on our blog where members of the UR community can share their thoughts about items in the Parsons Music Library‘s collection. All links included in these posts will take you to either the library catalog record for the item in question or to additional relevant information from around the web.

Today’s installment of Arachnophonia is by Music Library student worker, Duncan (class of 2018) and features a 2011 bluegrass/chamber music release by cellist Yo Yo Ma, bassist Edgar Meyer, mandolin player Chris Thile, and fiddler Stuart Duncan called The Goat Rodeo Sessions. Thanks, Duncan!

The Goat Rodeo Sessions

The Goat Rodeo Sessions

When one listens to any firmly cemented genre for any recognizable period of time, one starts to notice how entrenched many genre conventions are. Perhaps the most accessible (if not clichéd) example is modern Top 40, where conventions such as the infamous “millennial whoop” are near inescapable. While it can be frustrating when artists (of any genre) trudge down well-worn paths, it allows us to, by comparison, truly appreciate the artists who embrace traditions and conventions across boundaries of genre.

Goat Rodeo live

If one musical project can serve as an example of such artistic ambition, it is The Goat Rodeo Sessions by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile. Hopefully anyone reading this post recognizes at least one of these names, but for those who don’t, these four musicians are among the most acclaimed in their genres. Yo-Yo Ma is perhaps the world’s most famous cellist, having recorded more than 90 albums and having been awarded 18 Grammy Awards. Stuart Duncan is a world class bluegrass musician (he plays fiddle on this particular project) who has won 4 Grammy Awards and has been named the Academy of Country Music’s Fiddle Player of the Year 4 times. Edgar Meyer is a bassist and composer of multiple styles who was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2002. Rounding out the group is mandolinist, Chris Thile, an unrivaled genre-hopper who has been awarded 5 Grammy Awards and a 2012 MacArthur Fellowship.

Goat Rodeo performers

The Goat Rodeo Sessions is a breathtaking crossover effort between two genres which, at first glance, are incongruous: classical and bluegrass. As a product of “bluegrass country” who has since pursued a study of classical music, I view this album as a unique opportunity to both indulge in nostalgia and embrace a marvel of musical progressivism. By drawing from two genres which are firmly rooted in tradition, these musicians push forward by pulling from the past and seemingly have a blast doing so. I wish I could put into words just how impressive this project is, both technically and intellectually, but I am not confident in my ability to adequately do so. For that reason, all I can do is vehemently recommend this incomparable piece of art. Enjoy.

New CDs added in October!

New CDs for October 2017

Orchestral Music

Dimitri Shostakovich – Under Stalin’s Shadow : Symphonies Nos. 5, 8, 9
Dimitri Shostakovich – Under Stalin’s Shadow : Symphonie No. 10

Shostakovich - Under Stalin's Shadow

Concertos and Chamber Music

J.S. Bach – The Cello Suites According to Anna Magdalena
J.S. Bach – Solo Works for Marimba — Kuniko
Ferio Saxophone Quartet – Flux : Original Works for Saxophone Quartet
Joseph Haydn – Flute Sonatas

Haydn - Flute Sonatas

Eunmi Ko – She Rose, and Let Me In
Isang Yun – Chamber Music
Isang Yun – Chamber Music : World Premier Recordings

Isang Yun - Chamber Music

Electronic Music

Various artists – Space, Energy & Light: Experimental Electronic and Acoustic Soundscapes 1961-88

Space Energy & Light

Jazz

Bill Evans – Another Time : The Hilversum Concert
Gary Smulyan Quartet – Royalty at Le Duc: Live at Le Duc des Lombards
Harry Allen’s All Star New York Saxophone Band – The Candy Men
Fred Hersch – Open Book
Junior Mance – The Complete Albums Collection, 1959-1962

Junior Mance Collection

Jeremy Rose – Within & Without
San Francisco String Trio – May I Introduce To You
Triocity – I Believe In You
Chris Washburne – Rags and Roots

San Francisco String Trio Cover

Opera, Opera Excerpts and Art Songs

Jamie Barton – All Who Wander
George Frideric Handel – Rinaldo

Dimitri Hvorostovsky – Dimitri Hvorostovsky sings of war, peace, love and sorrow
Louis Karchin – Romulus

Louis Karchin - To The Sun and Stars

Louis Karchin – To The Sun And Stars
Franz Schubert – Schubert Songs — Thomas Meglioranza & Reiko Uchida
Franz Schubert – Winterreise — Thomas Meglioranza & Reiko Uchida
Pretty Yende – A Journey

Pretty Yende - A Journey

Choral Music

Henricus Isaac – Nell tempo di Lorenzo de’Medici & Maximilian I, 1450-1519
ORA – Many Are The Wonders: Renaissance Gems and Their Reflections

Henricus Isaac

World Music

Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet – Ladilikan
Various Artists – Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa

Sweet As Broken Dates

Musicals

Brenda Russell – The Color Purple : New Broadway Cast Recording

The Color Purple

Ameriana, Bluegrass, and Country Music

Arthur Alexander – Arthur Alexander
Rhiannon Giddens – Factory Girl

Rhiannon Giddens - Freedom Highway

Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway
John Reischman and the Jaybirds – On That Other Green Shore
The Sweetback Sisters – King of Killing Time

John Reischman - On That Other Green Shore

Pop and Rock Music

Raspberries – Pop Art Live

Raspberries - Pop Art Live

New CDs added in March!

New CDs for March 2017

Classical

Frederic Chopin – Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Jessie Montgomery – Strum: Music for Strings

Jessie Montgomery - Strum

Carl Nielsen – Symphony No. 1 op. 7/ Little Suite, Op. 1
Louis Spohr – Violin Concertos 7, 9 & 10

Louis Spohr - Violin Concertos

Ingolf Turban – Violin Concertos by Bruch, Busoni and Strauss

Jazz

Stefon Harris – Ninety Miles
SF Jazz Collective – Wonder: The Songs of Stevie Wonder

SF Jazz Collective - Wonder

Bluegrass

Nefesh Mountain – Nefesh Mountain

Nefesh Mountain

Ballet, Musical Theatre and Motion Picture Music

Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle – Sissle and Blake sing Shuffle Along
Geoffrey Simon – French Ballet Music of the 1920s
Frank Zappa – 200 Motels: The Suites

French Ballet Music of the 1920s

Vocal Music

Christian Gerhaher – Mahler: Orchestral Songs
Christian Gerhaher – Mozart: Arias

Sissle & Blake sing Shuffle Along

New CD’s added this month!

5/21/2014

Jazz

Ben Powell – New Street
Don Pullen – New Beginnings
Eberhard Weber – Silent Feet
Eberhard Weber – Colours
Ken Peplowski – Maybe September
Pat Metheny Group – Kin()
Steve Turre – In the Spur of the Moment
Steve Turre – Keep Searchin’
Steve Turre – Rhythm Within
Terri Lyne Carrington – Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue

Funk, Soul, R&B

Betty Wright – The Platinum Collection
Impressions – Definitive Impressions
King Curtis – Instant Soul: The Legendary King Curtis
Tyrone Davis – The Ultimate Tyrone Davis

Christian/Gospel

Hezekiah Walker & LFC – Souled Out

5/20/2014

Bluegrass

Steep Canyon Rangers – Tell the Ones I Love

Classical

Beethoven – Four Sonatas for Fortepiano
Berio – Sequenzas
Berio – Rendering | Stanze
Messiaen – La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ

Christian

Hillsong – The Very Best of Hillsong Live

Funk, Soul, R&B

Candi Staton – Candi Staton
Eddie Floyd – Rare Stamps
Fatback Band – Fatbackin’
Harlem River Drive – Harlem River Drive
Howard Tate – Get It While You Can
The J.B.’s – Funky Good Time: The Anthology
Various – I’m a Good Woman 2: Funk Classics From Sassy Soul Sisters
Various – Move to Groove: The Best of 1970’s Jazz Funk

Jazz

Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life
Duke Ellington – Such Sweet Thunder
John Abercrombie Quartet – Within a Song
Miles Davis – Four & More

5/19/2014

R&B, Soul, Funk, African JAZZ, and more…

Abdullah Ibrahim – African Marketplace
Abdullah Ibrahim – African Sun
Abdullah Ibrahim – Blues for a Hip King
Abdullah Ibrahim – Voice of Africa
Aretha Franklin – Rare & Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen of Soul
Betty Harris – The Lost Soul Queen
Don Covay – The Platinum Collection
Ike and Tina Turner – Proud Mary: The Best of Ike and Tina Turner
James Brown – The Payback
Otis Clay – Testify!
Undisputed Truth – The Collection
Various – For Connoisseurs Only, Vol. 2
Various – For Connoisseurs Only, Vol. 3
Various – Heart of Southern Soul, Vol. 2
Various – Heart of Southern Soul, Vol. 3
Various – Heart of Southern Soul, Nashville/Memphis/Muscle Shoals
Various – Land of 1000 Dances
Various – Land of 1000 Dances 1956-1966, Vol. 2
Various – Rare and Unreissued New York Funk, 1969-1976
Various – Rough Guide to South African Jazz
Wilson Pickett – Very Best of Wilson Pickett

Jazz

Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society
Gregory Porter – Liquid Spirit
Miles Davis – My Funny Valentine
Mike Jones Trio – Plays Well with Others
Paul Motion – On Broadway, Vol. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Brazil

Paquito D’Rivera – Song for Maura

Bluegrass

Matt Flinner Trio – Music du Jour

Metal/Industrial

Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance

Pop

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience

Christian

Mandisa – Overcomer