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Audio and video clips featuring original tunes (performed in solo and ensembles ranging from duos to quartets), including some African infused jazz by AfuriKo and other exciting collaborations…

One Ginger Snap

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One Ginger Snap (Jim Funnell)
©2007, 2018 Jim Funnell/Funnelljazz (ASCAP, SACEM)
Available sheet music: score | piano | bass

Jim Funnell – piano


Rather fast paced with some treacherous changing meters, this tune represents just how exciting having at least One Ginger Snap to spice up a warm and comforting afternoon tea is to most of us.

As you can see from the score or piano part, the coda was fashioned as a tribute to Herbie Hancock’s brisk “One Finger Snap” in an attempt to establish a budding, yet crucial link between jazz history and the noble beverage’s rich tradition!


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Oleleko

Oleleko (AfuriKo)
©2018 AfuriKo/Funnelljazz (ASCAP/SACEM)
Recorded by Charles Frossard at Studio MESA (Soignolles-en-Brie, France) on January 4, 2018.
Djembe solo playback filmed at home in New York City!
Available sheet music: guitar | keys | violin

Akiko Horii – percussion
Jim Funnell – piano, keyboard, key bass


Although “Oleleko” remains of unknown origin, it is most likely a cheerful West African song, which must have been passed on orally until it recently reached AfuriKo’s ears! The djembe break at the beginning of the video was crafted by Akiko and weaved into the arrangement, while Jim harmonized the melody using block chords and drop 2 voicings extensively, sprinkling in a few modulations for good measure.


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What Is This (Detuned) Thing?

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What Is This (Detuned) Thing? (Jim Funnell)
©2008, 2018 Jim Funnell/Funnelljazz (SACEM/ASCAP)
Recorded live at Conservatoire Gabriel Fauré (Savigny-le-Temple, France) on January 26, 2013. Mixed by Philippe Lopes de Sa and Samuel Bonifait.
Available sheet music: score

Philippe Lopes de Sa – tenor saxophone
Jim Funnell – piano
Florent Nisse – double bass
Louis Moutin – drums


Laszlo Gardony, one of my jazz piano mentors at Berklee, hipped me to his “detuning” technique (playing through a tune and gradually moving chords – or sets of chords – up or down a half step), which I applied here to Cole Porter’s “What Is This Thing Called Love?.” I then wrote an angular line over the modified changes (instead of keeping and detuning the original melody, which also would have been an option), and threw in some rhythm section hits here and there. These hits are integrally featured during the head, but can then be played at the musicians’ discretion during solos! And there you have it… What Is This (Detuned) Thing?


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Red Dragonfly (Akatombo)



Red Dragonfly aka Akatombo (AfuriKo)
©2016 AfuriKo/Funnelljazz (SACEM)
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Charles Frossard at Studio MESA (Soignolles-en-Brie, France) in November and December 2015.
Available sheet music: | |

Akiko Horii – percussion
Jim Funnell – piano, keyboard, key bass


The lyrics to the song “Akatombo” are in fact a poem, written by Rofū Miki in 1921: they depict a nostalgic remembrance of a Japanese red dragonfly seen by a child at sunset.

Yûyake-koyake no akatombo.
Owarete mitano wa itsu no hi ka.

Yama no hatake no kuwa no mi o
Kokago ni tsunda wa maboroshi ka.

Jûgo de nêya wa yome ni yuki,
Osato no tayori mo taehateta.

Yûyake koyake no akatombo –
Tomatte iru yo, sao no saki.


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Spirit of the Snail

Spirit of the Snail (Jim Funnell)
©201? Jim Funnell/Funnelljazz (ASCAP?/SACEM)
Recorded by Nicolas Charlier (Videlles, France) in April 2013. Mixed and mastered by Charles Frossard at Studio MESA (Soignolles-en-Brie, France) in July and November 2014.
Available sheet music:

Jim Funnell – piano
Oliver Degabriele – bass
Thibault Perriard – drums


Spirit of the Snail is a syllable-based melting snowball set to music. The poem is about staying present and draws upon shamanic snail symbolism.

When one dawdles sweetly and considers how
calm, stillness, and contemplation reveal
the detailed beauty of slow motion,
obviousness resurfaces.
Slowness seems necessary,
in all simplicity.
No one can lock up,
deep in its shell,
the spirit
of the
snail!


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