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Rhythm Encounter 112 – With Jazz in Our Hearts and Funk in Our Souls

Rhythm Encounter 112 Jazz & Funk

It’s time to get down! In this panel, the Rhythm crew has selected some favorite jazz and funk tracks in RPGs. Not styles of music that first come to mind when thinking of RPGs, and indeed, that’s part of their charm and effect! How have game composers and arrangers adopted these styles while arranging or used them to build on the game itself? We consider those questions while listening to some excellent and catchy music. Join us as we add some creativity, improvisation, and fun to our RPG music intake. Even Motoi Sakuraba is getting on this, so we hope you will too and enjoy the range of songs we have for you today!

Featuring: Hilary Andreff, Gio Castillo, Michael Sollosi; Edited by Jono Logan

Links for this episode


0:08:39 – Tifa’s Theme Jazz Arrangement (Eijiro Nakagawa) – Square Enix Jazz Final Fantasy VII (also Final Fantasy VII Remake)
0:15:14 – Glass in One Hand (Satoshi Okubo) – Last Window: The Secret of Cape West
0:31:27 – HAIA (D.T.Construction) – moon
0:36:27 – Pollyanna (I Believe In You) (Keiichi Suzuki, arr. 8-Bit Big Band) – Mother series
0:57:17 – Rydia (Nobuo Uematsu arr. Sean Schafianski) – Final Fantasy IV Jazz Arrange Version
0:59:35 – A City of Another Civilization (Motoi Sakuraba) – Tales of Xillia OST
1:17:33 – Sophisticated Fight (Wataru Ishibashi, arr. Noriyuki Kamikura) – The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky FC (from Sora no Kiseki Zanmai)
1:21:55 – Last Surprise (Shoji Meguro) – Persona 5 OST
1:25:48 – Be the Star!! (Chihiro Aoki) – Yakuza 5 OST
1:55:34 – Sollosi’s Bonus Track!

Album Links

FFIV Jazz Arrange Version

Last Window: The Secret of Cape West


Persona 5 Original Soundtrack

Sora no Kiseki Zanmai

Square Enix Jazz Final Fantasy VII

Tales of Xillia Original Soundtrack

Yakuza 5 Original Soundtrack Vol.2

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Hilary Andreff

Hilary Andreff

Officially, Hilary focuses on proofreading and QA here at RPGFan and has been with the team since early 2017. You can also find her on the occasional podcast, doing a music review, or helping make a news post once in a while. Unofficially, she responds immediately to any talk of a Quintet game or the Shadow Hearts series and is known for pushing RPGFan's graphic adventure coverage. She may be one of the most likely staff members to make a friendship speech.

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