Posted 2018-01-16, evaluated by Gario

You've heard me gush about Chronology: A Jazz Tribute to Chrono Trigger before, and nothing's changed: great soundtrack, great arrangements, great musicians, great performances... unique addition to the history of OCR and something I recommend to everyone, whether they like jazz, video games, or neither ;) The whole dern album's gonna end up featured on the site, and I have zero issues with that; this peppy-yet-chill take on "Wings of Time" is keys-forward, with piano & vibes taking most of the spotlight, but has amazing performances throughout.


Lead arranger Nostalvania writes:

"When Dylan asked me to write arrangements for the album, "Wings of Time" was the first song I chose from the available sources. Since I don't have much experience in writing for large ensembles, I decided to use a sextet with sax and vibraphone.

I'm actually kind of a sucker for 7/8 rhythms, so I tried to convert the song to said time signature, which seemed to work pretty good, at least for the first part of the source. That's why I had to come up with something different for the B-section, and I think having it play in a 4/4 swing rhythm was the right solution. The arrangement continues with some instrumental solos featuring tenor sax (7/8), piano (7/8), and vibraphone (4/4), followed by a short drum break section (inspired by Dylan's feedback) before it goes back to the main theme again."

Very appropriate for Chrono Trigger arrangements to mess with time so much :) Everything works & sounds natural, the vibe is energetic & hoppin', and all of the performances have personality & angles. Greg summarizes our predicament in not recycling the same superlatives for every mixpost off such a dope album:

"I swear I'm trying not to direct post EVERYTHING from Chronology, but damn, you guys put out a tight album. This track is no exception - upbeat, funky jazz, with some solos that really capture the adventurous spirit of the source. With clean production values and tight performances all around, I can't imagine any disagreement that this belongs up there on the front page along with everything else. Great work!"

Damn straight; Chronology has no weak links, so this comes with yet another high recommendation & zero reservations.



Latest 3 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2018-01-21 20:22:38

Jazz + Chrono = epic win for everyone

on 2018-01-20 02:39:23

Still proves that there isn't a bad track anywhere in this release. Maybe if you really despise jazz in all its forms, but even then I'd tell people to hurry up and snag that torrent immediately.

So. Get it. Download it. Love it.

on 2018-01-16 13:43:36

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Chrono Trigger (Square, 1995, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu, Noriko Matsueda, Yasunori Mitsuda
"The Epoch - Wings of Time"

Tags (11)

Chill, Energetic, Funky, Jazzy
Acoustic, Piano, Saxophone, Vibraphone
Production > Live Instruments
Time > Time Signature: Variable

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