I don't know how many other people out there are in the overlapping part of a Venn diagram of "People who experienced and loved Chrono Trigger in formative years" and "People who were in jazz band in high school and/or college" - but as someone who is in that overlap, I just love this album so much. I could only love it more if the whole album had the large ensemble feel of the first and last tracks (shout out to what I'm reasonably sure is a trombone solo in Driftwood), though I think the way it's done it works out great anyway.
There are a variety of different styles tackled within the jazz umbrella, with even the small combo stuff feeling distinct. Even the one that's "just" a trio has the unusual lineup of drum set, xylophone, stand-up bass, with the bass getting a lot of bow action rather than just being plucked.
What I love the most about this whole album is the way it brings a live performance energy to the tracks that's simply not present on the vast majority of mixes. There are a lot of them out there with great music where I know what I'm listening to is someone who sat down and made a computer sound this way. And then along comes Chronology. It's so fun.
Only HoboKa voted.
AxLR wins by default, because reasons. Lmao.
AxLR please PM me the source pick for round 116.
With 3 entries, this could've been a good round, unfortunately, Silverpool64 had to submit as a BONUS. It's a shame only I voted. Participant votes are awash in a 2 entry round. But I'm fine with handing off the source pick to AxLR, because I think he's earned it.
Hi, thanks for sharing this tune! I think it's overall balance is ok! One particular thing that sticks to my ear a little bit is that very wide kind of "hopping left to right" synth sound. The one that starts the whole song (sorry, I'm bad at explaining things sometimes...). Anyway... that sound's volume is maybe a little too high when comparing it to others. Its high frequency tone might be also one reason why it jumps at me more.
I hope this helps in some way!