Animelo Summer Live 2011 – Part 1 – Preamble and Travelogue

Hi, my name is Arthur Marsh from Adelaide, South Australia. I’ve enjoyed the music of anime since the days of Marine Boy, Gigantor and Kimba on black-and-white television, and more recently rediscovered the music of anime through the works of Studio Ghibli (including my first blu-ray purchase, Joe Hisaishi in Budokan – 25 years with the Animations of Hayao Miyazaki), and movies like Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence and series like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The blu-ray box set of the latter included a concert Suzumiya Haruhi no Gensō which included a singer with amazing diction who turned out to be Minori Chihara. That leads to…

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Usagi Drop ED Single – High High High – Review

Album Title: High High High
Anime Title: Usagi Drop
Artist: Kasarinchu
Catalog Number: ESCL-3737
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: July 27, 2011
Purchase at: CDJapan

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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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