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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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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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