PLAY FASTER!!!... Wiesty (Dylan Wiest) applies his exuberant jazz imagination for a honkytonk/jazz take on "Rose Town" from SMRPG, off of our Window to the Stars album, with some Robo, Gershwin, & Zieja thrown in for good measure:
"I had originally signed on the OC Big Band (now the OCJC) to take on this source way back in the early days of this project. Since that idea fell through and I was wrapped up with Chronology, this never came to be. However, in the late days of this project, I decided to revisit the source and submit something quick. I was instantly drawn to the source as it had a bit of a jazz influence, and the chord progression it uses is one very commonly found in jazz. I wanted to reimagine this track as to what you might hear if you walked into the Rose Town saloon for a glass of bourbon. Again, the chord progression lends itself so well to jazz and, if you listen carefully, you'll hear a bit of Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm" and "Robo's Theme" from Chrono Trigger. (I was still finishing up Chronology and had some ideas to get out...) Joe Zieja graciously lent his guitar and clarinet chops, as well as his voice acting talents to the cause, which really brought the whole thing together."
Fun stuff, including the mix title's ambiguity with a certain caucasoid epithet. Brushwork on the drums is of course superlative & highlighted, that classic detuned "saloon" piano sound rules the roost, and we even get some radio drama & a switch into double-time. Almost feels like a scene out of ¡Three Amigos!... but with one less amigo. Judges had minor crits but unanimous approval; Chimpazilla writes:
"The clarinet is great and could be louder. The old-time piano is perfect, love it, it sounds mechanical but in a good way, like a player-piano, and the tone is great. Omg that faster section, hilarious and I love the transition. That final chord is excellent. Well done, guys! I've got rhythm, indeed."
Creative, humorous, musical, and a stylish & novel addition to Window to the Stars that makes me smile every time I hear it; great work from Dylan & Joe!
Sources Arranged (2 Songs, 2 Games)
- Primary Game:
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (Nintendo, 1996, SNES)
Music by Koji Kondo, Nobuo Uematsu, Yoko Shimomura
- "Rose Town"
- Additional Game:
Chrono Trigger (Square, 1995, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu, Noriko Matsueda, Yasunori Mitsuda
- "Robo's Theme"
- Energetic, Goofy
- Acoustic Guitar, Clarinet, Piano, Sound FX, Talking
- Origin > Collaboration
Time > Tempo: Variable
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