Jim Funnell’s Word Out

“The mystery of the whole life has a great charm. … but when one wants to explain [ it ] words are not adequate.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan, The Power of the Word


Albums and Singles

All Word Out releases are listed on the discography page here (with links to your favorite streaming/downloading platforms for each one).


Band Bio

Led by pianist and composer Jim Funnell, “Word Out” offers a repertoire of jazz compositions/improvisations that are attuned to the global soundscape. Reveling in mixed breeds and playfully blossoming through constant dialogue, the band’s music draws from diverse traditions from around the world in a true spirit of celebration.

With Word Out, Jim has released three albums (Word Out, Spirit of the Snail, and Live in Japan), won the Composition Prize in 2011 at the “Trophées du Sunside” (Paris), and toured internationally, appearing at festivals and venues such as ShapeShifter Lab, Rockwood Music Hall (NY), Paris Music Festival, Sunset-Sunside, Improphile, Baiser Salé, Jazz à Vanves, Jazz de Mars, Jazz en Touraine (France), SOMETIME Kichijōji, JZ Brat, Royal Horse (Japan), and the Malta Jazz Festival.

Inspiration from literary sources (Ellul, Kundera, Musil, Orwell, Saint-Exupéry, Mérimée, Sartre, Jung…) as well as the visual arts often pervades Jim’s music. In resonance with Rilke’s perception of poetry, jazz composition and improvisation are apprehended as ideal vehicles for infinite shades of emotion:

“Most experiences are unsayable, they happen in a space that no word has ever entered.” – Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

A third studio album featuring brand new original tunes alongside rearrangements of previous material written by Jim Funnell is currently in the works. In the meantime, you can enjoy Live in Japan and the reggae/jazz/dub single Lesser Vice. Both releases just came out in late 2021. Stay tuned! Word out.


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Press Quotes

Jim Funnell … makes a convincing case for quality over quantity. A lot of living goes into making each of his works.
Geno Thackara, All About Jazz

Word Out … takes its name from Rainer Maria Rilke’s observation that “most experiences are unsayable.” Even so, it’s a heck of a lot of fun when they can be played instead.
Geno Thackara, All About Jazz

This music is the singular result of a thorough reflection on rhythms, sounds, and colors.
Guillaume Lagrée, Le jars jase jazz

Led by Anglo-French charismatic pianist and inspired composer Jim Funnell, Word Out offers sophisticated yet accessible worlds.
– Basem Shalabi, L’Echo Républicain

These young musicians (Word Out) are simply fresh, alive, curious, open-minded, joyful, and listening to their music does heaps of good.
Guillaume Lagrée, Le jars jase jazz


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“Truth is that which cannot be fully spoken, and that which can be spoken is not necessarily the truth.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan, The Way of Illumination