For this week's tribute to video game music, we're going to stick to one particular genre that's been around since the beginning of the 20th century: jazz. Born out of a combination of African and European music traditions with a huge emphasis on improvisation, different countries and regions across North America have since developed their own interpretation of the genre.
Sure, it's hard to define jazz narrowly and in a simple manner, but we can all agree that listening to it can both calm the mind and make you bust a move. So let's celebrate the genre in the annals of video game music history by, well, listening to some highlights.
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Music from today's show:
Skullgirls Original Soundtrack
Street Fighter III: Third Strike
Gyakuten Saiban Jazz Album ~Gyakuten Meets Jazz Soul~
Sam & Max Season One Soundtrack
Song: Cogs in Motion
Composer: Jared Emerson-Johnson
Buy from Telltale Games.
Gravity Daze Original Soundtrack
Composer: Kohei Tanaka
Buy from CD Japan.
This is Namco!
Song: Main Theme from "Rolling Thunder"
Composer: Junko Ozawa
Arrangers: Kenichiro Isoda, Kenichi Mitsuda
Buy from Play-Asia.
Grim Fandango Original Soundtrack
Song: Mr. Frustration Man
Composer: Peter McConnell
Sample from Grim Fandango.net.
Chrono Trigger Arranged Version: The Brink of Time
Song: The Brink of Time
Composer: Yasunori Mitsuda
Arrangers: Hiroshi Hata, Kalta Ohtsuki
Buy from Amazon.