Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The OneUps

John Marine | 5/03/2016 10:51:00 AM | |
(UPDATED: May 3, 2016)

Musicians made covers of music from games. Though I am not a rock person, I have heard some great metal covers of game songs. But have you heard of any good... jazz covers of game songs? The OneUps made quality jazz covers. This Arkansas band makes jazz covers of some of the most popular and not-so-popular songs from video games. I will be sharing with you some of the jazzy songs they've done.


MAY 3 2016 - corrected some spelling errors

The OneUps

The OneUps are a group that makes some fine jazz covers of songs. I first learned of this band based in Fayetteville, Arkansas (yes- University of Arkansas Razorback country!) once when I was listening to KTSU 90.9 FM here in Houston, a radio channel that mostly plays traditional jazz. I once heard certain songs I remember from gaming. Remembering some of the different melodies, I hopped onto YouTube to see if I could recall hearing certain songs again. I later learned of The OneUps. Ever since, I admired this group for their amazing jazzy music. One of the first songs of theirs I could remember was their jazzy rendition of Green Hill Zone from the very first Sonic the Hedgehog. Their music is diverse and covers a vast variety of different games. For instance, they have done jazz renditions of certain songs from games like Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Kart, The Legend of Zelda series, the MegaMan series, Chrono Trigger, and even Metal Gear Solid among other different video games and computer games. Some of their tracks date back to about the mid-2000s. So they've been doing this for quite some time and still deliver some fine tracks. Many of the songs they've done are true to the original songs. Some others have the familiar melody, but are done in a different way or maybe in a different key than the original song.

The OneUps consist of: Anthony Lofton (Keys, Tenor Saxophone), Tim Yarbrough (Electric Guitar), William Reyes (Electric Nylon String Guitar, Electric Guitar), Mustin (Bass, Piano), and Jared Dunn (Drums, Synthesizers). This group has been around since the mid-2000s, meaning they've been performing for at least 15 years. They are under the label of Mustin Enterprises.

The OneUps: Music

Here is your chance to listen to some of their music. This will give you an idea of the amazing music they've put together. You don't have to know what the original song sounds like to know the jazz rendition The OneUps came up with. So those of you who may not know about video game music or certain classic themes may be hearing some of these songs for the first time. Having said all of this, let me share with you their wonderful jazz music.

Remember- if you can't view embedded media or if you want to listen to these songs on YouTube, click on the link below the embedded media. If no embedded media is provided, just click on the link to view on YouTube.

Green Hill Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog).

^ "The OneUps - Sonic the Hedgehog - Green Hill Zone"

Mystic Cave Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog 2).

^ The OneUps - Sonic The Hedgehog 2 - Mystic Cave Zone

AirMan (MegaMan 2).

^ The OneUps - Mega Man 2 - Air Man

The OneUps: Album Sample.

From their Bandcamp page, here is a sample of their music in one widget. Have a listen:

How do you like The OneUps after hearing these songs?

The OneUps: Final Thoughts

You may hear a bunch of covers of songs from games, many of which are mostly rock covers of some kind. To hear jazzy renditions from a group like The OneUps is unique. This is really a group that loves video games and computer games that they made jazz renditions of various songs. Not only make jazz renditions, but make some exceptional songs.

For More Information:

You can learn more about The OneUps and purchase their music by going to their Bandcamp page: The OneUps on Bandcamp. More links...

The OneUps on Facebook
The OneUps on Twitter
The OneUps on YouTube

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