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The Rodeo Eroded


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  • Audio CD (September 10, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rope a Dope
  • ASIN: B00006I07J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,870 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bill
2. Fear Of The South
3. Holiday Joel
4. Happy Hour
5. Willow Weap For Me
6. Nickel Mountain
7. O.N.E.O.
8. The Last Cowboy
9. Maximo's Plunge
10. Rubies, Pearls, And Emeralds
11. Manmoth
12. Interlude
13. Under The Gun
14. Night Of The Skeptic
15. Sweep

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Third outing from San Francisco based group. Their musical potion blends tango, bluegrass, contemporary classical, and Eastern European folk traditions with an avant garde edge. Featuring Willie Nelson, Jonathan Fishman, & Billy Martin. 15 tracks. 2002.

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Like good musical ramblers, the Tin Hat Trio traveled around the world on their first two albums, Memory Is an Elephant and Helium. Theirs was a tango that could fill classical music's archways. A jazz that melded continents. With The Rodeo Eroded, the San Francisco-based threesome heads home. Rob Burger's accordions, piano, and myriad acoustic keyboards, Carla Kihlstedt's violin and viola, and Mark Orton's twangy guitar and Dobro take the Rodeo on a Great American Music Tour. "Bill" opens the album with a bluesy, waltz-like slow jam that Kihlstedt violins through with long-stroked dramatic flair. From there, Rodeo has the feel of a great, cinematic drama. Drunken, percussive piano marks "Holiday Joel" before a woozy take on "Willow Weep for Me" emerges from the mist with Willie Nelson(!) emoting atop a sagebrush orchestral mesa. A horse clip-clops in the form of Orton's guitar on "The Last Cowboy," just as Morricone might have envisioned. There are great, wobbly chase scenes, circus tumbles, and a host of Americanisms that bounce in, kick it up, and split with a sonic impression of the desert's parched stretches and the boundless madness of a simply warped community dance. --Andrew Bartlett

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I will say that if you love music that is thought provoking and very visual, get this album.
J. Grau
The Trio flirt with sounding busy and overly clever, but their deftness and strong sense of melody will keep your attention throughout.
DJ Joe Sixpack
This recording lets you in on an intelligent and meaningful dialogue between the three very gifted players.
Ann M. L. Johnson

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Kihlstedt on November 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Now I must confess to being biased about The Rodeo Eroded as the violinist of Tin Hat Trio is my daughter, but from that priviledged position (and it is a priviledge), here goes. My test of all cds is whether they bear repeated listening. I put them in my car cd player and listen again and again. Some pale after only one or two takes. Others, like Glen Gould's Bach get richer and richer as my ear hears more. I find that all of the Tin Hat CDs stand the repetition test. Listening after listening they yield things I hadn't heard before. The music does pull from many roots, but it speaks a complex and cohesive language of its own, and that language becomes clearer the more one listens. The trio's live performances reveal an improvisational vitality not fully apparent in the CDs.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. Lane on May 31, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Think of a French cafe being suddenly transported to a Texas border town...what would the house band sound like? I think it might sound something like THT.
Cowboy noir at its finest.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bimwa on March 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Tin Hat Trio's sound has been getting more refined and more sophisticated from each album to the next - their debut was mostly just the trio, live and raw in the studio; 'Helium' added some overdubs, some guests, guitarist Mark Orton played some dobro, Rob Burger played some piano, the sound was fuller and bassier.
For 'The Rodeo Eroded', they've just gone all-out. There are guests wherever needed, overdubs wherever needed, the members of the trio play a wide variety of wonderful instruments, and the result is this, one of the most sublime albums I've heard in a long while.
The album opens with 'Bill', a beautiful dobro-driven waltz, no doubt a tribute to the great Bill Frisell (who has worked with and obviously inspired all three members). 'Holiday Joel' is a more frenetic discordant latin number, a strange feature for guest percussionist Billy Martin. 'Nickel Mountain' is one of the most haunting, beautiful pieces on the album, surprisingly one of the only times the Tin Hat Trio have coupled dobro with piano.
All of the three pieces mentioned above are by Mark Orton, who wrote and arranged most of the material on the album. There seems to be just that little bit more attention to detail than in his previous work - for example check out the final phrase of 'Bill' where he reharmonises each note to perfection; or his amazing orchestration of 'Willow Weep For Me' (featuring none other than Willie Nelson on vocals), adding clarinets, harp, cello, bass and drums to the Tin Hat Trio palette.
The other members' compositional skills should not go without mention. Rob Burger's 'Happy Hour' is an incredibly funky latin tune; and Carla Kihlstedt's 'Sweep' is one of the most beautiful and different pieces on the album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Grau on April 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
i had their album "Memory Is An Elephant" and i enjoyed that very much. I already knew these three were incredibly talented and creative, but wow! This album is a work of art beginning to end! I love the "dusty, lone, western landscapes with Morricone leading the way" theme. That's not much of description but i can't add much as it has already been said in the other reviews here. I will say that if you love music that is thought provoking and very visual, get this album. And don't even think about being cheap and ripping it off the net somewhere in... mp3 form. The artwork of the album accompanies the music in that it is wonderful. Very nice job indeed! I hope to see them perfom live sometime soon. I know it'd be an unforgettable experience for sure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. H Smith on February 16, 2004
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This is the kind of music that the term "acoustic instrumental" was invented for: relaxed tempos, guitar - violin - accordion / harmonica (and other) non-virtuoso instrumental interplays, source material originating from a wide range of traditions, and varying intensity overtones of jazz, folk, bluegrass and the avant-garde. 'Lots of playfulness here, too--but in a musicianly, not slapstick, way... Last but not least, a guesting appearance on the vocals to 'Willow Weep for Me' by Willie Nelson. This is good intelligent fun by a group of players who are not afraid of playing what they have to say.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elsa Kirk on December 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I just listened to Rodeo Eroded. This is music at it's finest. It's Parisien-style Jazz, Southwest ballads, Sweet Bluegrass and the prettiest Willy Nelson song I've heard in years. Bravo Tin Hat Trio. You're going to have musicians beating down your door to guest on your next CD. I'm sending this CD as my musical gift to all my friends who LOVE music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 19, 2002
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The tunes in Rodeo Eroded are brimming with imagination and are truly unique, playful and passionate. You've got many in the music world comparing the Tin Hat Trio's music to the Argentine tango, bluegrass, gypsy music, and such. Even I can feel the ghost of Astor P. in a couple of tunes; but really, the grooves and infusions coming out of this group have a life of their own design. If you love the guitar and violin, you will love Rodeo Eroded. If you are an accordion skeptic, Burger's masterful machinations on the accordion will surprise and delight. After you've digested this one, be sure to check out the trio's earlier offerings: Memory is an Elephant and Helium. Cheers THT
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