Now and Then, Here and There Original Soundtrack – Review

Album Title: Now and Then, Here and There Original Soundtrack
Anime Title: Now and Then, Here and There
Artist: Taku Iwasaki
Catalog Number: VICL-60492
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: Nov 20, 1999
Purchase at: CDJapan

Tracklist:

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Track Title Artist Time
01. Standing in the Sunset Glow Taku Iwasaki 20:09
02. Decadence Taku Iwasaki 2:34
03. Run Taku Iwasaki 2:46
04. Rescuer Taku Iwasaki 2:46
05. The Bottom Taku Iwasaki 2:28
06. Tears Taku Iwasaki 3:05
07. Tumbling Taku Iwasaki 3:05
08. Calmative Taku Iwasaki 4:22
09. Deadlock Taku Iwasaki 2:18
10. A Law Deal Taku Iwasaki 2:21
11. Pazzia Taku Iwasaki 2:31
12. Miss… Taku Iwasaki 2.44
13. One Calm Taku Iwasaki 2.41
14. Fearful Dream Taku Iwasaki 3:27
15. Here and There Taku Iwasaki 2.30
16. Ima, Sokoni Iru Boku Toshio Masuda 3:18
17. Komoruita Taku Iwasaki 2:15

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Aftershok Composes: Cruel Angel’s Thesis for Four Saxophones

It’s been a while, but I’d like to present to you a quartet arrangement I’ve had hidden away in the cupboard for a few months now: “Cruel Angel’s Thesis.”

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Masato Honda’s Alto Saxophone Solo from “Tank!” – An Analysis

It has been called some of the most riveting 59 seconds of music ever recorded for Japanese animation; the cornerstone representative of jazz in anime. Brutally bald-faced in its dense complexity and awe-inspiring in its effortless virtuosity, these 68 measures have become nigh-legendary in the tangential overlap of the jazz and anime communities. I’m talking, of course, about Masato Honda’s venerated alto saxophone solo in Cowboy Bebop’s “Tank!”

It was Mark Levine that wrote that a great jazz solo is “1% magic [and] 99% stuff that is explainable, analyzable, categorizeable, doable.” Here, I’m going to try to give you a peek at this 99%. Basically, I will attempt a measure for measure, chord for chord harmonic analysis of this solo. With this I hope you will deepen your appreciation for this hallmark performance and, hey, you may even learn something!

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Hanasaku Iroha ED Single – Hazy – Review

Album Title: Hazy
Anime Title: Hanasaku Iroha
Artist: sphere (Minako Kotobuki, Ayahi Takagaki,
Haruka Tomatsu, Aki Toyosaki)
Catalog Number: LASM-4095
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: May 11, 2011
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Ten Notable Piano Solos in Anime

There is no instrument that has dominated the soundtrack scene quite like the pianoforte. If you think about it, it’s not really that surprising. Practically thinking, using a piano cuts labor costs – whereas it would normally take around five violinists (or ten piccoloists, but no one wants to listen to that many piccolos anyway) to sound ten different notes at once, one pianist can handle that, no sweat. But that’s beside the point. With a clear and crisp tone that can duplicate the delicate shimmering of bells or summon an impassioned thundering of notes, the piano is truly beautiful in its own right.

Since anime is also awesome and this post is on an anime music blog, I have to connect my obsessing over the instrument to anime somehow. That’s where notable piano solos in anime come in. Below are ten tracks (in no particular order) that I believe represent the best of piano in anime BGM. Before someone asks me “where’s Hisaishi’s ‘One Summer’s Day’, ‘Ashitaka and San’, ‘Sixth Station’, etc. etc..?”, let me clarify. When I said solo, I meant it literally. I know that a solo can still have an accompaniment, but to prevent myself from being overwhelmed by the sheer number of options, tracks with anything other than piano weren’t considered. With that cleared up, let’s get started! [Read more...]

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