ReMix: The Legend of Zelda 'Link Goes to New Orleans'

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The Legend of Zelda

A hearty welcome to jazzsmiths Neskvartetten, who offer up a very tasty, flowing jazz arrangement from the first Zelda. The texture here is fantastic, with a gritty distortion on the organ, some lovely syncopation to the melody covered by jazz guitar, and - probably my favorite - some dynamic jazz drumming that really ties the piece together, drawing some impressionistic lines around the free-formish jam. This is drumming that - and someone may prove me wrong one day, with the right tools - you just can't achieve by electronic, synthetic means. At least, it'd take forever, and prolly still not end up as good. I could listen to just the drum track, isolated, from this ReMix, and not get bored. Combined with the greasy organ riffs that know JUST when to enter, exit, and when to protrude from the mix or sit underneath it, as well as a funky bassline that's far from boring and the afforementioned guitar that both leads the piece and reacts to it, this is a fantastic example of talented jazz instrumentalism and improvisational (if not in actuality, then in style) arrangement being applied to a rather simple, chromatic motif from a classic game. Given the scope and relative simplicity of the original, you've gotta love what Neskvartetten (Johan Sundhage, Lucas Edman, Niklas Engman, Stefan Pettersson) have accomplished here. While it doesn't particularly remind me of New Orleans jazz, which I tend to think of as more upbeat, bombastic, and brass- or woodwind-driven, it definitely oozes an authenticity, and brings something new to the table. The mixing and processing on the organ alone are enough to go on about at length, but I'll keep it a bit shorter: recommended, and can't wait to hear more. Kudos.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
chjolo
on 2013-10-23 14:25:30
I'm so happy to have found this track and this remixer. It screams John Scofield + Medeski, Martin, & Wood. Which I think is one of the best compliments a Jazz artist can receive.
SubNormal J3
on 2011-09-11 13:22:40
If you haven't heard Neskvartetten yet, you are missing out big time. They are quite possibly the best jazz quartet on the site. Nothing sounds canned or sequenced. This is the real deal, and at the price of $0, it would be foolish for a jazz fan to pass by this incredibly fun rearrangement of the original Zelda dungeon theme.
OA
on 2009-12-04 16:26:40
What a nice warm recording sound here, and those the performances are a bit loose, the vibe is unmistakable, so get down, daddy-o's. I liked how the bass really had a great groove going on for the duration, and kept the track strongly anchored to the source. Drums were fine but a bit uninspired, and the guitar worked well enough. That bass was the real star i think.
42
on 2009-01-17 22:18:21
Neskvartetten does Dungeon right.
I can almost envision someone wandering around in some forgotten cave/dungeon and turning a corner to randomly find a stage with Neskvartetten performing this tune on it. :-P
Great job and a must download.
Platonist
on 2008-09-29 19:27:31
an all-time favorite of mine..
im really into jazz remixes! the reason? well uhm i was usually not into this type of jazz before because i didn't know the songs that those awesomely talented musicians were jazzing with..
but after neskvartetten and shnabubula (mainly) i've trained my ears and head thanks to the fact that i DO recognize these sources...
it's been a while since we had a Neskvartetten ReMix now, and i think it's time soon !!
:nicework:
KogeJoe
on 2007-01-30 08:26:56
kono kyoku wa totemo yokudekimashita na. isshoukenmei ganbatta souya. honkyoku wa totemo mijikakutemo, chanto gijutsuteki ni nagakushitasou. kono riimikkusu no stairu mo totemo omoshirokattanda. mata ganbatte ii riimikkusu wo tsukutte kudasai.
Bummer
on 2005-10-07 15:13:44
Det här är faktiskt väldigt bra för att vara er första remix, gav "Dungeon" themet ett lite mer ledigare känsla. Ni spelar väl live eller hur? Annars har ni de bästa syntarna jag nånsin har hört.
Väldigt bra låt(eller remix, beror på sammanhanget). Jag måste kolla upp era andra låtar. Johan, Lucas, Niklas, Stefan, bra gjort.
This is actually very good to be your first remix, you gave the "Dungeon" theme a more comfort mood. You do play live don´t you? If you don´t, then you have the best synths I have ever heard.
Very good tune(or remix, depends on the situation). I have to check your other mixes. Johan, Lucas, Niklas, Stefan, well done.
STeel Demonz
on 2004-11-07 16:06:21
I've never been to New Orleans but I'm sure this is what Link would sound like when he goes there. I think it's kinda funny listening to a marching band drummer play for a keyboard jazz song. I play jazz music so I know that's completely messed up! But I did hear somewhere that it's how New Orleans does jazz. I guess New Orleans is kinda weird then. Whatever. This remix is cool no matter what crazy city it's from!
PancakeHero
on 2004-10-11 12:07:34
AWESOME!
afish
on 2003-11-30 18:00:55
I'm glad I was able to grab their other Zelda mixes before the site inexplicably disappeared. All quality stuff, and this one is no exception.
Anyone know what happened to Neskvartetten?
Alex2007
on 2003-11-30 17:44:12
I've been collecting Zelda remixes for a while now, and this is one is one of my prize pieces. I have this one and "Shake it Sheik!" and I ca never get the beats outta my head. great job!
ladykaiyu
on 2003-11-13 15:39:53
I usually don't listen to jazz, and usually have to be in the mood for it to listen to what little jazz music I have...but this is a great song, and one that I could listen to at pretty much any time:-)
Cano
on 2003-10-09 03:05:09
OH, YEAH.
this thing kicks ass. the band takes you to a very accelerated (those effin drums!! OMG!!) but chilled (distorted organ in bg is uber cool) trip to the dungeon and will keep you there as you hear how they improvise and let the guitar do its work, altough ALL the elements work impressively good one with each other. incredible performance here boys, and a cool twist to this twisted track. maybe the best arrangement in OCR for a zelda 1 song, and a site classic. get it now!!! this thing is too cool to pass up.
Cano
swingggyyyy
Tets
on 2003-08-15 20:45:47
Interesting mix here. This tune always gets stuck in my head when I play Zelda 1, now I'm going to be listening to this one for hours. :D
A-RoN
on 2003-08-15 20:31:38
Boy, this is good. I like how that jazz guitar really smoothens the dungeon melody. This makes it sound alot happier than freakish like the original tune. It sounds like a soundtrack of a decisive situation for "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show". I'll bet Vince Guaraldi or Waynton Marsalis would've done their own arrangements of the same song. Good work guys!