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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The arrangement of Tom Bahler’s hit song “She’s Out My Life” that Jim Funnell contributed on saxophonist Philippe Lopes de Sa‘s debut album Woandering has been featured in a monthly playlist curated by the staff at Jazz Magazine, France’s foremost publication entirely dedicated to jazz.
Philippe Lopes de Sa / Jim Funnell
She’s Out of My Life
“Not only are the eleven original compositions by this saxophone and piano duo remarkable, but this arrangement of Michael Jackson’s hyper-emotional ballad (“Off the Wall”, 1979) will not possibly leave you indifferent.”