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The Goat Rodeo Sessions Live [Blu-ray] (2012)

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Classics
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007S9XX9G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,081 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Blu-Ray pressing. The Goat Rodeo Sessions Live brings cellist Yo-Yo Ma, fiddler Stuart Duncan, bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolinist Chris Thile together for a one-night only concert filmed at the House Of Blues in Boston, MA.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This recording of the `Goat Rodeo' sessions records the first public performance of this group of musicians who are a group of talented and technically skilful musicians from different genres who might never normally meet musically. This opening statement is to paraphrase the comment by Stuart Duncan made as his descriptor of the group. To paraphrase another group member, Yo Yo Ma adds that for some, this music is `outside the box' but for these musicians there is no box. It is normal and just what they do.

In struggling to describe the music contained in this recording I found myself outside the box but struggling to get in! This is not `cross-over' music but it is made up of an amalgamation of several contributing genres. These could loosely be described as containing elements of country & western, blues, a bit jazzy at times, elements of modern classical and all put together in a uniquely individual manner relying on individual talents blended to produce something interestingly new.

The music has been composed or arranged by various members of the group but there is a strong improvisational driving force such as to be found in jazz. The title `Goat Rodeo' has been chosen to suggest the wilder side to this situation. The music is essentially easy to listen to without being `easy listening' as a genre type. I found it to be refreshingly interesting and diverting.

The main feature lists 10 music tracks and lasts for some 55 minutes and there are 5 bonus music tracks running for some 22 minutes. There is no apparent difference in quality or content between these two selections so I have not understood why they did not simply run as a complete 77 minute concert.

The imaging is crystal clear and involving. The sound is excellent in Digital 5.1, PCM 5.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goat Rodeo Sessions Live April 25, 2012
We saw the cinecast of this concert in a movie theater on January 31, 2012. It was extraordinary, and I couldn't be happier that it's finally being released on DVD. The individual artistry and the tight ensemble playing are second to none. You won't be disappointed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brain Candy May 27, 2012
By Phil P
Saw Goat Rodeo on PBS TV, 4 amazing virtuoso musicians having a great time, my review title is "Brain Candy" because I think just listening to this ensemble will make you smarter (at a minimum it will stimulate your brain in a good way), the sound is like nothing you have heard. If you enjoy super high quality creative music you will love this I think. My wife who is not a music person at all was saying what is this? My 17 year old boy on the other hand was saying, "Mom" this is really good, so musical quality and musicality can be appreciated across generations and by most everyone that appreciates great quality instrumental music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Virtuoso Performance! Sadly deleted the dialogue. August 8, 2012
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Concert was originally simulcast to movie theaters nationwide. Recording omits virtually all of the artists' remarks, which makes this a disappointment. Should have added, not subtracted from the concert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4 Remarkable Musicians December 29, 2012
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As a musician who also plays at varying levels of proficiency these four instruments, I am in complete awe watching this video. Nothing short of remarkable - very hard to imagine being able to play like they do - very humbling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't question yourself, just get it! September 18, 2012
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If you like what this group put out in their studio effort of the Goat Rodeo Sessions, then don't even think twice about ordering this live performance on Blu-Ray or DVD. Just do it! Fans of classical, new-grass, progressive grass, and just plain music in general should get it, there is something for everyone here. Those who aren't into either classical or bluegrass/Appalachian folk can still find much to enjoy in this original blend of jazzy/bluesy rhythms in a classical and bluegrass/folk setting. Words don't describe it. Look to more work from these artists in other projects such as Yo Yo Ma's two other Appalachian albums with similar musicians, Thile's Solo and Punch Brothers albums, Thile with Edgar Meyer, etc.. Bela Fleck is the only missing piece of this puzzle, they should do some recordings with him with the entire group!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Perfornances! June 14, 2014
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Love Yo Yo Ma. They are all great musicians and they work so well together. And they thoroughly love working together. The vocals were good also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great companion to the CD! June 13, 2014
By TheKeen
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This is a great DVD for anyone who loved the Goad Rodeo Album; you will not get to see these guys together for a live performance any time soon so I recommend buying this. As masters of their instruments they each bring a unique perspective to this album that creates a truly extraordinary listening experience.

If you enjoy the music of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Yoyo Ma or The Punch Brothers this is right up your alley.

The production quality and audio is top notch.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
made a GREAT Gift
Published 26 days ago by Tony.M
5.0 out of 5 stars No doubt the future will recognize this ensemble for what it is.
This will be an album / video that will be seen by future generations as a very influential re-emergence of the power of acoustic ensemble, and the endurance of folk music. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Aldo Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to hear and see
Yo Yo Ma is always great to hear and in this case, a pleasure to also see playing and enjoying it with others
Published 7 months ago by geri davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Group of Musicians!
Fantastic Group of musicians! It was much different than I thought it would be, but I enjoyed it very much.
Published 9 months ago by Donna Swanson
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY NICE
I got this for a family friend and they cant say enough about how much they enjoy it. Play it over and over
Published 11 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing musicianship
Even if you don't like bluegrass, you will sit stunned by the virtuosity. The complexity of the arrangements, the musicianship and the music are worth it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by michael linane
4.0 out of 5 stars Merge Blue Grass and Classic
This was a top notch performance by master musicians. A little heavy on the classic style at the expense of the charming and rhythm of great Bluegrass.
Published 12 months ago by territalso
5.0 out of 5 stars not to be missed performance of contemporary musicians
These guys are the best of the best! Whether a bluegrass or classical music lover, you will like this contemporary chamber music. Performed at the House of Blues in Boston.
Published 12 months ago by Robert William Wolff
5.0 out of 5 stars Yo-Yo Ma & Company Blow You away
I've always been a fan of Yo-Yo Ma as a classical musician, but his crossing the musical line with performers in other genre is simply incredible. Read more
Published 15 months ago by BillE
4.0 out of 5 stars It Won The Grammy and I Can See Why
Bought this because it won the Grammy and it wasn't over produced "pop" music. Four very accomplished musicians get together and the result is magic.
Published 18 months ago by John F. Daly Jr.
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