Apparently at a Nintendo World conference today there was an impromptu concert featuring some jazz band. For bystander recordings, these aren’t too bad at all. There’s Donkey Kong, Animal Crossing, Zelda, and Mario. Pretty jazzy, if I do say so myself! If you, like me, are into game music, then you’ll probably agree that these are some quality arrangements.
It’s interesting that jazz or big band sound isn’t very prevalent in game music rearrangement, but there are a few obvious reasons why. One, you need an actual band to put it together, and those things just don’t come together easily. Two, it has to be a JAZZ BAND, where most of the game rearrangemet crowd is more into metal or synthesizers. Plus, doing quality jazz arrangements is pretty difficult, as well as having people who are decent at providing some minor improvisation here and there.
Once again, barrier to entry prevents my favorite things from flourishing. Damn it all!