The debut of the Video Game Jazz Orchestra.
The music from Super Mario 64 has had a jazzy reinterpretation courtesy of the Video Game Jazz Orchestra.
The soundtrack to the 1996 3D platformer, originally composed by Koji Kondo, has been reimagined with a big band approach in Hang on to Your Hat, led by producer David Russell (of EPOCH: A Tribute to Chrono Trigger, Hearts of Light, and FALLEN: An Undertale Tribute).
The album comprises 11 tracks arranged by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Laura Intravia (of Time’s End: Majora’s Mask Remixed and Sole), pianist Julian “Zorsy” Sanchez (of Multiplayer: A Tribute to Video Games and Multiplayer II: Co-Op), trombonist Daniel Romberger (of EXILE: A Tribute to Supergiant Games and Devolver Digital Cinematic Universe: Phase 1), and pianist Trevor Alan Gomes (of Celeste Piano Collections and Fossil Hunters).
They’re joined by saxophonist Sean Schafianski (of Chamber Works: NieR Automata and EIDOLON: Music from Final Fantasy IX), percussionist and pianist Ben Wallace (of Harmony of a Champion and LAUNCH: StarCraft Reimagined), percussionist Doug Perry (of Hero of Time and FATE: A Tribute to Majora’s Mask), pianist David Peacock (of Parallelus and Hollow Knight Piano Collections), and bassist Sam Bobinski (of OMEGA: A Tribute to Xenogears and MENU: An Homage to Game Title Themes).
Pre-orders for Hang on to Your Hat are available now ahead of the album’s full release on 8th May.
Aside from its digital release from streaming services such as Apple Music and Spotify, the album can also be ordered on CD from Bandcamp and the Materia Collective product page. The Hang on to Your Hat CD comes packed in a vinyl-style gatefold sleeve with a 12-page booklet. Shipping is expected to take a couple of weeks.