ReMix:Soul Blade "Jazzer Soul" 3:28

By MkVaff

Arranging the music of one song...

"Dragon's Call"

Primary Game: Soul Blade (Namco , 1997, PS1), music by Aki Hata, Benten-Maru, Masumi Ito, Takanori Otsuka, Takayuki Aihara, Taku Iwasaki, Yoshiyuki Ito

Posted 2000-12-05, evaluated by djpretzel

McVaffe surprised me with this one, as it's from a newer game, is a bit jazzier than his normal fair, and also features some hip-hop accoutrements that give it a 'lite jazz' feel - but in a GOOD way. Makes you think of Seung Mina doing a little butt dance or something. Dear god . . forget I said that. I been doin' this too long :) Soul Blade of course is Namco's 'Tekken with Weapons' game that, while favoring cheese over tactics in my opinion, has some great graphics and some great music and a really amusing announcer that keeps telling you your 'soul has been strengthened', which really just means you won the stinkin' fight. McVaffe, who is becoming (has become?) the MOST prolific ReMixer, certainly in terms of quality and quantity, gives us a laid back but still upbeat track. Everything - percussion, ambiance, piano, is quality. I would have liked a solo on a non-piano instrument at some point, myself, but that's the type of thing I'd do and that's what makes all of us different, right? Definitely check it.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2017-01-30 11:48:36

Still grooving.^_^

Did you know there are sometimes comments in the tagged attribute fields under the details tab of OCR files? The one for Jazzer Soul reads,


It's funny to imagine life before Soulcalibur, but this game was it. While it may not be much to look at by today's standards, it helped set the bar for 3D weapons fighting (which it proudly continues to this day). This is a remix of Li Long's stage with a contemporary jazz flavor to it.

Enjoy! Mike Vafeas

on 2016-09-06 13:21:21

Damn man, so smooth and chill. Everything is awesome in this mix, although my only issue is the ending, where it just kinda stops outta nowhere. Other than that though, McVaffe did some nice work here, especially in the production. Good stuff.

on 2011-12-10 14:06:48

Another one that's been on my playlist (and never lefT) forever. Great little boppity piece that perfectly captures the sentiment metalsnake described - you just hear it come on, and things groove right along.

on 2009-12-26 22:43:31

My main beef with this particular one is that it is too repetitive, and some of the repetitiveness is better off left cut out and more variation is added. Not a bad starting point, but it could use some work.

on 2009-05-24 02:59:21

This really makes me want to chill out and watch the world go by.

on 2009-03-30 13:07:09

Pleasantly surprised by this one. Not only a good game arrangement, but a nice jazz piece by itself.

Hmm, Seung Mina butt dance indeed...

on 2009-02-14 18:58:52

Lots of groove bias here. Good stuff given the age; the piano has a nice tone to it.

on 2009-01-10 13:43:00

Love the funky percussion in the background all through the song, also like the piano bit around 1:45. Very cool stuff :)

on 2008-12-09 19:17:35

The only reason I see this having so few reviews is that McVaffe was just too prolific back in the day. He just didn't make folks wait long enough for a new mix for them to really appreciate how good each one was!

I've never said it before and I don't believe I ever will again: the wood blocks sold me. Of course since this is McVaffe, the percussion as a whole definitely does not disappoint. Its progressive entry sets the flow, then the piano kicks in and yesssss. The layering in and variation of the strings and flute (and triangle!) give it that final push over the top into forbidden-doughnut-level deliciousness.

Sadly, like all McVaffe mixes, you get a two-second warning then poof! it's done. I could groove to this a lot longer... but hey that's what the repeat button is for, right?

on 2008-06-13 12:00:30

This is one of those pieces that makes me glad I'm going through (slowly, oh so slowly) all the mixes. Definately something I would never listen to normally, but something I plan to keep. Love the smooth jazz, great percussion. Great job.

on 2007-06-04 15:56:19

A bit of smooth jazz for the afternoon, this has a great lead synth that really makes me want to go for a bike ride on a sunny day. However it takes a turn into bittersweet territory when I remember my bike is totaled. :/

Great piano rhythms and laid back hip hop beats. That lead synth though is gold. A smooth jazz winnar is you!

on 2006-07-13 11:03:54

McVaffe is my favorite mixer. I just plain love his music, and this is my favorite song. Of all time. The chorus is excellent, and the balance between all instruments is splendid. Thank you, McVaffe, for making my favorite mix.

on 2004-10-11 19:57:03

Wow, Jazz from McVaffe, this song goes great when playing Pool!

how come there are only 4 reviews? this remix needs more recognition

on 2004-03-28 19:11:29

As I listen to stuff, I realize that this os one of my favorite mixes on the site. I can't figure out what it is about it.

on 2003-02-27 18:47:25

5/5 Deserves a place in anyone's collection.

It starts out a little funky, but when the piano takes over just before 0:45, this song really gets into its groove. At any time after that you can just close your eyes and groove along to the music and get completely lost in it.

The piano and flute sounds are great, and the generic strings backup rounds things out to an ideal level, but the percussion is what seals the deal for me. McVaffe uses such diverse percussion... normally all the percussion sounds in a track are nearly the same and it falls into a stiff sort of rhythm. Here, having so many different-sounding percussion sounds right after one another makes the top of the percussion line "flow" more. The bottom is still solid with a back-and-forth bass beat, but it's all those individual raindrop-on-pots-and-pans-esque pulses on the even beats that really makes this one great.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Soul Blade (Namco , 1997, PS1)
Music by Aki Hata,Benten-Maru,Masumi Ito,Takanori Otsuka,Takayuki Aihara,Taku Iwasaki,Yoshiyuki Ito
"Dragon's Call"

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Time > Tempo: Moderate

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