Posted 2015-06-29, evaluated by djpretzel
Ladies & gentlemen, it is an honor and a privilege to introduce you to our first posted ReMix from The OC Jazz Collective!
We never get enough jazz VGM love here on OCR, and Wiesty (Dylan Wiest) DID something about it, coordinating with some familiar faces, bringing together an insane amount of talent, and using the full power of the INTARWEBS for some long-distance collaboration that sounds natural & sublime, arranging 'Windmill Hut' to perfection:
"Having been a member of OC ReMix since 2005 when I was only 14 years old, video game music has played a major role in my development as a musician and arranger. When I began attending university for music and playing in different jazz groups in my city, I wanted to find a way to bring my two passions together: video games and jazz. One summer, I was playing in a quartet that played weekly at different restaurants and other venues; just simple cocktail music gigs. I threw together a quick arrangement (just chords and melody) of "Song of Storms" from Zelda: OOT and brought it to the gig for my quartet to play. I was amazed at how well it worked, and how closely it resembled a piece that might have come from one of Miles Davis' or John Coltrane's early 1960's groups.
Fast-forward a few years later, and I began trying to put together a jazz big band on the OC ReMix forums. The first chart I threw together didn't really jive as well as I had hoped, and the effort involved with coordinating 15+ musicians quickly became an impossible task. Thus, I had the idea to pull out my simple chart for "Song of Storms" and arrange it for a jazz octet. The six musicians featured in this recording (Wiesty, XPRTNovice, Fratto, Sir Jordanius, Anthony Lofton, audio fidelity) were all original members of the OCR Big Band. It has been such a pleasure to work with musicians from the video game music community who share a passion for jazz, video games, and can play their instruments like no one else's business.
My hope is that our group can create a larger appreciation in the community for live-performed tracks as opposed to heavily-sampled/electronic remixes. Every instrument in this track has been recorded live by one of the group members and pieced together like a sort of giant music puzzle. My concern at first was that the groove would be lost, since we had never actually played together in one room, but I think the quality and feel of the track will speak for itself. I would also like to add that production on this track is credited to audio fidelity. I hope you enjoy this first glimpse of our group, The OC Jazz Collective, and we look forward to making more sweet music in the near future."
These guys have some other amazing work in store for the not-too-distant future, but this introduction is stellar in & of itself; such a syncopated, swingin' take on the theme, with a Dave Brubeck kinda sound to it. For me it was love at first listen, and I think many others will feel the same, hearkening fondly back to the days of Neskvartetten. Great job from Jay on mastering, as the end result really sounds like a unified whole, even the parts were all recorded separately; this isn't an easy feat to accomplish. Performances are spot-on and breath life into the arrangement, which is chill, playful, and celebratory. I feel cooler as a person just listening to this mix :) Emunator writes:
"Wow guys! Ever since I heard talks of the OC Jazz Collective, I was apprehensive about how well it could work as a cohesive unit, but this track removed all traces of doubt in my mind. This is masterfully assembled, with great performances from all involved and a sweet lo-fi production style that serves as a perfect homage to the 50's/60's style of jazz you were trying to emulate. You'd never know this wasn't all recorded in one single concert hall with all musicians present at once.
The source is treated with a level of reverence, and while there are extensive solo sections, the backing piano chords keep this closely tied to Song of Storms at all times so it never feels like it's going too far off-rails. Absolutely fantastic work guys :-) You've gained yourself a new fan and I'm now eagerly anticipating what you put together next!!"
If this debut ReMix is essentially a proof-of-concept, then consider the concept thoroughly proven, with change to spare. Fantastic, much-needed stuff that offers a breath of fresh jazz air & brings together some serious musicians for some serious music, providing a new classic for OCR that arranges an old classic with reverence & style. Let 'The Guru' into your life; highly recommended!
on 2015-12-20 15:48:56
Awesome -- so that's why I should expect from the Chrono album? The arrangement is EXCELLENT and the performances are incredible. It's sometimes a little too quiet, but it fits the genre I guess. Very creative, I hope to hear more in the future.
on 2015-12-15 00:22:58
I'm a big fan of jazz, so this song is absolutely amazing imo. The production quality is top notch even if the instruments weren't played together, and the melody is very creatively written and modified from the source. I especially love the part from 1:15 to 1:31 - it really has a chill, jazzy feel to it, sorta like the rest of the song lol
Can't wait for more stuff from the OC Jazz Collective; this was a really, really awesome first mix.
on 2015-12-05 17:06:18
This is definitely one of the best remixes on ocr in my opinion. The arrangement is just so creatively done. The combination of source material and original material is astounding. As a huge jazz lover I just can't wait for their next release.
on 2015-09-25 13:16:23
My kingdom for more mix like this in OCR
This mix has nothing to envy to best jazz bands of my knowledge! And Zelda serie (as Mario) is really well adapted for this style. I'm eager to hear you next arrangement !
on 2015-08-27 16:52:05
I absolutely LOVE live instrumentation when it comes to game remixes! Its a great way to introduce people who don't play games to video game music and prove that it's something worth their time. Great job, guys!
on 2015-07-17 11:36:36
Old swinging style Jazz take on the Windmill Hut? I'm in! This captures the style almost perfectly and it's cool to see how well Windmill Hut takes to this kind of upbeat jazzy treatment. Not bad, not bad at all.
on 2015-07-01 03:28:32
Thanks everyone for the positive feedback! We hope to bring you more in the near future!!
In terms of who plays what...
XPRTNovice- Soprano/Alto sax
Anthony Lofton- Tenor sax
Damashi (sirjordanius) - Trumpet
Wiesty- Piano, Drums, Arranging
audio fidelity- Bass, Production
on 2015-06-30 13:51:43
Well done guys, very nice arrangement. It's always good to hear some Jazz remixes
on 2015-06-30 09:41:34
on 2015-06-30 04:54:31
I haven't posted on these forums in ages, but this is exactly the
kind of ReMix that should get me to come out of lurk mode.
Masterfully arranged, skillfully and beautifully performed, the recording and mastering are exactly in line with what you would expect to hear from the style being represented... seriously, if this is the shape of things to come from The OC Jazz Collective, I am anxiously awaiting their next release. Hopefully this succeeds in exposing the community to more jazz, and generates more interest in the genre! Instrumental jazz is my soul music; it's what I listen to when I need to relax, clear my head, or get work done. To hear it so accurately portrayed while also paying tribute to my other true love, video game music...
...well, to put it simply, it brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart. Fantastic work.
on 2015-06-30 00:24:19
Amazing. Love the snapping at the top. Very cohesive, smart arrangement, well mixed. Can we get a breakdown of who is playing what?
on 2015-06-29 20:48:36
This is just gorgeous! The cool school sound fits so well, and the arrangement does so much with it! Excellent playing and solos, sounds like a cohesive ensemble. I can't wait to hear more! And I would love to arrange for this ensemble too!
on 2015-06-29 15:32:38
Yeah, I first heard this in the workshop and this was quite a ride! Still lovin' it Simply mesmerizing.
on 2015-06-29 15:11:21
I remember when I first heard this, so glad to see if posted. It's gotta be one of my favourite mixes ever. Absolutely flawless.
on 2015-06-29 13:14:25
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Sources Arranged (2 Songs, 2 Games)
- Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo, 1998, N64)
Music by Koji Kondo
- "Windmill Hut"
- Additional Game:
The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo, 1986, NES)
Music by Koji Kondo
- Jazzy, Mellow
- Brass, Piano, Saxophone
- Origin > Collaboration
Production > Live Instruments
Time > 3/4 Time Signature
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