Category Archives: Word Out

Led by pianist and composer Jim Funnell, post-bop/ethno jazz fusion band “Word Out” offers a repertoire of jazz compositions that revels in mixed breeds. Playfully blossoming through constant dialogue, their music draws from diverse traditions from around the world in a true spirit of celebration.

concert photos & review: Word Out @ Le Barbizon (Paris), January 5 🇬🇧🇫🇷

🇬🇧 “Jim Funnell’s Word Out’s melodious and playful neo-bop blends tradition with modernity.

Bob Hatteau, Jazz à bâbord

🇫🇷 “Jim Funnell’s Word Out mixe tradition et modernité dans un néo-bop mélodieux et enjoué.

Bob Hatteau, Jazz à bâbord

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Word Out tracks “Bitcorn Soup” and “Lesser Vice” on Tomek’s Ear Condition 598 🇬🇧

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Tomek’s Ear Condition 598 – 2022.12.23, complete playlist:

1. THE SOUND THAT ENDS CREATION – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer — Merry Christmas You Filthy Animal DL

2. ADAM NEELY – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 17TET — Christmas Microtonal Lo-Fi Hip Hop DL

3. JIM FUNNELL’S WORD OUT – Bitcorn Soup (Alternate) — Bitcorn Soup DL

4. JIM FUNNELL’S WORD OUT – Lesser Vice — Lesser Vice DL

5. BJÖRK – Atopos — Fossora 2LP

6. MASS OF AMARA – Army Of Me — Army Of Me DL

7. VOIVOD – Ultraman — Ultraman EP

8. SIGH – Heresy I: Oblivium —  Heir To Despair DL

9. ANCHOR AND BURDEN – Cerebral Transfixation — Kosmonautik Pilgrimage DL

10. PANZERBALLETT – Let It Snow — X-Mas Death Jazz 2LP

11. MICHAEL JEFRY STEVENS – Email — The Slope DL

12. ร็อกคงคย (ROCK KONG KOI) – รักมีพิษ (Rak Mi Pit) — เสียวโว๊ย (Sieow Woi) MC


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concert announcement: Word Out @ Le Barbizon (Paris), January 5 🇬🇧🇫🇷🇪🇸🇯🇵

🇬🇧 Concert (with dinner or drinks): Word Out on January 5 from 8PM at Le Barbizon (141 rue de Tolbiac, 75013 Paris). Join us and experience a repertoire of new post-bop/ethno jazz fusion compositions. With Chris Jennings (double bass), Jeff Boudreaux (drums), Akiko Horii (percussion) and Jim Funnell (piano/compositions). RSVP available on Le Barbizon’s website here.


🇫🇷 Dîner-concert (ou juste pour prendre un verre) : Word Out le 5 janvier prochain à partir de 20h au Barbizon (141 rue de Tolbiac, 75013 Paris). Venez découvrir un tout nouveau répertoire composé de morceaux post-bop/ethno jazz fusion avec Chris Jennings (contrebasse), Jeff Boudreaux (batterie), Akiko Horii (percussions) et Jim Funnell (piano/compositions). Réservation possible dès aujourd’hui sur le site du Barbizon.


🇪🇸 Concierto (con cena o bebidas): Word Out el 5 de enero a partir de las 20h en Le Barbizon (141 rue de Tolbiac, 75013 París). Únase a nosotros y disfrute de un repertorio de nuevas composiciones de post-bop/ethno jazz fusión. Con Chris Jennings (contrabajo), Jeff Boudreaux (batería), Akiko Horii (percusión) y Jim Funnell (piano/composiciones). RSVP disponible en el sitio web de Le Barbizon aquí.


🇯🇵 コンサート(ディナーまたはドリンク付き)。
1月5日午後8時より、Le Barbizon (141 rue de Tolbiac, 75013 Paris)にてWord Outのライブを開催します。
新しいポストバップ/エスノジャズフュージョンのレパートリーをお聴き頂けます。
Chris Jennings (ダブルベース), Jeff Boudreaux (ドラム), 堀居晶子 (パーカッション) and Jim Funnell (ピアノ&作曲) 。
ル・バルビゾンのウェブサイトから参加登録が可能です


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micro jazz fusion… “Bitcorn Soup” by Jim Funnell’s Word Out (feat. David Fiuczynski) out today! 🇬🇧🇫🇷

Stream/download Bitcorn Soup (2022) on your favourite platform.
Ecoutez/téléchargez Bitcorn Soup (2022) sur votre plateforme préférée.

“Une musique au surréalisme indomptable.” – Ravy Magnifique (batteur, compositeur, percussionniste)


🇬🇧 Recorded in Paris, Boston, and London from August 2021 to March 2022. Mixed and mastered by Javier Escudero in April 2022 at Estudios Cubex (Spain). Artwork by Marie-Elisabeth Rubin (France). Video editing by Laure Lang.


🇫🇷 Enregistré à Paris, Boston, et à Londres entre août 2021 et Mars 2022. Mixé et masterisé par Javier Escudero en Avril 2022 à Estudios Cubex (Espagne). Art graphique par Marie-Elisabeth Rubin (France). Montage vidéo par Laure Lang.


David Fiuczynski (g)
Dominique Muzeau (b)
Franck Vaillant / Asaf Sirkis (d)
Ravy Magnifique (perc)
Akiko Horii (perc)
Jim Funnell (keys & composition)


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pre-save “Bitcorn Soup” on Spotify and enjoy the tracks on release day! 🇬🇧🇫🇷

🇬🇧 The Spotify Pre-Save campaign for Bitcorn Soup is now live, which means you can go ahead and unlock the music to make sure you don’t miss it on release day (September 10). You will get a notification from Spotify, and both microtonal jazz fusion tracks (a main and an alternate take) will be added to your Release Radar on the platform.

This also helps the music get featured on different playlists as pre-saves tell the Spotify algorithm that fans are excited about the release. So thank you in advance for the nudge, it is much appreciated!


🇫🇷 La campagne de pre-save (pré-enregistrement) Spotify pour le single Bitcorn Soup est en ligne, ce qui veut dire que tu peux désormais “déverrouiller” la musique, de façon à ne pas la rater le jour de sa sortie officielle (le 10 septembre). Tu recevras une notification de la part de Spotify, et les deux titres jazz fusion microtonal (une version principale du morceau ainsi qu’une version alternative) seront ajoutés à ton Radar des sorties.

Cela permet aussi d’augmenter les chances de voir cette musique selectionnée dans le cadre de diverses playlists : les “pre-save” permettent en effet de communiquer à l’algorithme de Spotify que les fans sont enthousiastes à l’idée de la sortie prochaine. Donc merci d’avance pour ton petit coup de pouce très apprécié !


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Word Out Sunside gig announced on Le jars jase jazz 🇬🇧🇫🇷

🇬🇧 Word Out’s upcoming gig at Sunside in Paris is announced on Guillaume’s Lagrée’s blog Le jars jase jazz, in his selection of concerts for the month of September. Check out the full article here with details about who else is playing this month.


🇫🇷 Le prochain concert de Word Out au Sunside à Paris est annoncé sur Le jars jase jazz, le blog de Guillaume Lagrée, dans sa sélection de concerts pour le mois de septembre. Découvrez l’article ici dans son intégralité.


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“Jazz non scientifiquement prouvé” 2 – Word Out on Radio Robert

Six tracks from Jim Funnell’s Word Out latest album Spirit of the Snail (2015) were aired on Radio Robert on April 30, 2020. The Parisian station, created during the COVID-19 pandemic and operated by the team at 59 Rivoli (a venue known for its exhibitions, performances, and artists-in-residence programs) notably offers playlists and podcasts. Their daily jazz show “Jazz non scientifiquement prouvé, la playlist du Pr Raoult” airs at 7PM GMT+2.

Jim Funnell’s Word Out @ Club Bonafide / Oct. 10, 8PM

Jim Funnell’s Word Out @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 / July 3, 7PM

review of “Spirit of the Snail” on Le jars jase jazz 🇬🇧

Review (in French) of Jim Funnell’s Word Out’s second studio album Spirit of the Snail on jazz critic Guillaume Lagrée’s blog Le jars jase jazz (also available on paperblog.fr).


Jim Funnell’s Word Out
“Spirit of the Snail”

Produced by Jim Funnell
Released on Tuesday, 22 September 2015
CD release concert at the Sunside in Paris at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 22 September 2015.

Jim Funnell: piano and compositions
Oliver Degabriele: acoustic bass
Thibault Perriard: drums
Isabelle Oliver: harp

“Dear cosmopolitan and xenophile readers,

As you know, the EU motto is “United in diversity.” As far as politics are concerned, it remains to be proved. On the subject of music however, British pianist Jim Funnell, Maltese bassist Oliver Degabriele, and French drummer Thibault Perriard illustrate it perfectly every time they play together. I have already praised their music in concert and in the studio. On this album, the triad is augmented with the presence of harpist Isabelle Olivier. She is nor a feminine alibi for a masculine trio, neither a classical one for a jazz trio. Her harp sounds like the kora of a Mandinka master.”

“[ Jim Funnell’s ] music is the singular result of a thorough reflection on rhythms, sounds, and colors.”

“Whether you want to stimulate your ears, your brain, or get your limbs in motion, enter the Spirit of the Snail with Jim Funnell and his band!”

– Guillaume Lagrée


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