8-Bit Big Band • Backwards Compatible

In case someone isn't familiar with the term, "Backwards Compatible" refers to the ability of a new technology to use material from its predecessor. A Blu-Ray player that plays DVDs is backward compatible. It is  a perfect name for the third release of the 8-Bit Big Band, a New York City orchestra arranging and performing video game themes as big bold jazz. Video game themes, like movie soundtracks and TV jingles, spring from the minds of session musician composers, many of whom have jazz careers when they aren't trying to make ends meet. From the earliest video game themes that were nothing more than a right hand on the electronic keyboard to the much heralded sound tracks for modern games now often released on vinyl, there is a whole lot of jazz to be brought out of these tunes. The 8-Bit Big Band is large, 30-65 members, with a string section that credits eighteen violinists, it is a self described Jazz/Pops orchestra of the old school. The sound does harken back to those pops records that were so ubiquitous in the 60s and 70s. That isn't normally a style you would associate with young people but it is a proven vehicle for exploring the works of a specific genre or artist and it lends itself perfectly to the material here. The arranger has all the resources they need for giving each section of a complex theme exactly the substance it requires. That arranger, by the way, is C
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