ReMix:Mega Man 3 "The Jazzassin" 3:48

By Nostalvania

Arranging the music of one song...

"Shadow Man Stage"

Primary Game: Mega Man 3 (Capcom , 1990, NES), music by Harumi Fujita, Yasuaki Fujita

Posted 2016-01-26, evaluated by djpretzel

I know, I know... it's like a jazz assassin. Still, I keep reading "jazz ass" no matter how hard I try not to...

Nostalvania (Markus) turns his attentions to the blue bomber with this snappy jazz quartet arrangement of "Shadow Man" that's cool as a cucumber:

"Hi, OCR! "Shadow Man" was the song I used when I made my first remix back in 2011. Now, four years later, I decided to remix it again, and this time it actually sounds good, or at least better. For this remix, I only used 4 instruments: Acoustic piano (lead instrument), e-piano (comping), upright bass, and drums. As for the arrangement, I changed the time signature to 5/8 (Intro, A,C) and 6/8 (B), and also reharmonized practically the whole thing, especially the B section.

Source breakdown:

0:00-0:24 - Intro bassline (5/8)
0.24-0:47 - A
0:47-1:09 - Intro bassline
1:09-1:36 - B (6/8 swing)
1:36-1:47 - A (back to 5/8)
1:47-2:42 - Piano solo
2:42-3:03 - C (drum breaks)
3:03-3:06 - Transition
3:06-3:17 - Intro bassline
3:17-3:29 - B (6/8 swing)
3:29-3:52 - Outro and ending"

Very smart, tight arranging that nevertheless feels natural & comfortable, with a brush kit groove that shuffles along and EP offsetting the piano quite nicely; Liontamer writes:

"Check out them time signature changes; nice job here! Reducing the tempo for "Shadow Man's Stage" is not something I assumed would work this well, but never count out the VGM arrangement community. :-) I'd love to hear Nostalvania arrange other energetic source tunes per this smoother, slower spin on "Shadow Man," because you know HE would make it all click.

Just soloing at its effortless best from 1:44-2:38; nice section there. On the production front, this is also Markus's most polished OCR piece so far; all of the parts sound pretty realistic and have good body to them, so congrats on stepping up the sound quality (particularly for the piano) and allowing this excellent arrangement to shine!"

I like how the ride pattern drops out & comes back in, giving a little lift to the drums when it does... really sweet cymbal work in general, and not only are the keys on point, but the bass tags along for the ride and accents a lot of the hits. The whole enchilada has a precision, swagger, and syncopation to it that's rather killer, delivering on the title. Because assassin. Not jazz ass. But that too, if you want... Brilliant stuff from Markus that ups his own ante & nails the vision of the arrangement with crisp production & pointed performances!



Latest 12 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2018-06-20 02:21:17

Oh yeah, I do love me some Nostalvania working some Jazz magic all over Shadow Man's stage. Sounds super natural, like you could stick this in a jazz club or old school pool tavern and no one would question it. Loved the piano and time sig switching work here, and the arrangement is well written so that the mix never got stale, staying fresh the whole time. This is excellent, damn good mix, I'd say.

on 2016-03-01 05:32:58

I'm not familiar with the theme (yeah yeah sue me), but I love nostalvania's mixes. This mix keeps the energy throughout, has very interesting dynamics and makes great use of the rhodes-type instrument supporting the main piano. Great stuff!

on 2016-02-13 15:08:45

Very classy! I'm always a sucker for jazz. I love the uncommon time signatures and the source interpretations on the piano.

Venom Fighter X
on 2016-02-07 16:31:40

Excellent remix!

Love the meters, love the improve, the rhodes was a great touch AND it stayed interesting the entire time.

on 2016-01-31 19:56:30

This is an incredible arrangement. So incredible, that if Capcom did another jazz arrangement album of Mega Man music, I would put this on that album. This is an excellent example of making an already existing track and making it your own. It also sounds great on a technical level. The balancing is perfect, and each instrument is appropriately panned. And changing the time signature was a pretty ballsy risk, but the risk paid off very well. Excellent work.

on 2016-01-29 23:15:45

I don't even particularly like jazz and I found this to be a great mix! Seriously, beautiful handling of the theme - I got swept into this despite my best intentions. Felt like I was at an easy bar with a nice cocktail. Jazzy enough to call it Jazz-ass, indeed!

on 2016-01-29 10:34:27

True Jazz Ass Playing.

on 2016-01-28 00:55:29

Oh how I love Nostalvania's weird time signature jazz work. Really natural variations with a super smooth bass line makes this a chill af listen that is perfectly reminiscent of the artist's style.

on 2016-01-27 23:58:44

Man, this is some good-ass Jazz-ass! :lol:

Seriously though, you just have this excellent understanding of jazz partwriting. It's so good. :D

on 2016-01-27 23:54:40

Absolutely love Nostalvania's style, this is definitely gonna be on my playlist for quite some time!

on 2016-01-27 16:39:19

Wow! This is fantastic! I am loving the way you rearranged this. Excellent stuff!!

on 2016-01-27 11:53:36

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Mega Man 3 (Capcom , 1990, NES)
Music by Harumi Fujita,Yasuaki Fujita
"Shadow Man Stage"

Tags (8)

Electric Piano,Piano
Arrangement > Quartet
Time > 6/8 Time Signature
Time > Time Signature: Irregular
Time > Time Signature: Variable

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