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Word Out

by Word Out

Earthy beats, deviant harmonies, vaporous melodies at odds with angular lines... Jim Funnell's "Word Out" trio offers a repertoire of compositions, improvisations, and standards, which revel in mixed breeds and playfully blossom through constant dialogue.
Genre: Jazz: Post-Bop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Beans On Toast
7:58 $0.99
2. What Is This [Detuned] Thing?
5:41 $0.99
3. Asteroid B612
5:10 $0.99
4. Ian's Bonsai
6:46 $0.99
5. Les Mains Sales
2:06 $0.99
6. Giant Steps
4:01 $0.99
7. One Ginger Snap
4:06 $0.99
8. Space Oddity
7:25 $0.99
9. Cheer Up, George
3:14 $0.99
10. Swedish Clogs
5:51 $0.99
11. Ordinary Effect
8:02 $0.99
12. Still Untitled
6:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
Word Out is:
Oliver Degabriele - double bass; Thibault Perriard - drums; Jim Funnell - piano

All tracks written and arranged by Jim Funnell,
except tracks 5 and 9 by Word Out,
track 6 by John Coltrane (arranged by Jim Funnell),
track 8 by David Bowie (arranged by Jim Funnell),
track 10 by Steve Rochinski & Jim Funnell.

Produced by Word Out.
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Studio Mesa (France) by Charles Frossard in February & June 2008.
Photos and sleeve design by Oliver Degabriele.

Word Out was formed in 2007 by British pianist Jim Funnell, Maltese bass player Oliver Degabriele and French drummer Thibault Perriard. They work together into making the compositions and arrangements of the pianist their own, in a jazz idiom which revels in mixed breeds. They self produced their first album (“Word Out”) in 2009 and won the 1st composition prize at the "Trophées du Sunside" (Paris) in 2011.

The bands’ influences include (but are not limited to!) Ahmad Jamal (use of space and orchestration), Wayne Shorter (taste for interaction), Danilo Perez (thirst for exploration of the musical realm), Thelonious Monk (swing and humorous nature), Eric Dolphy (edgy melodic lines), David Fiuczynski (fondness of heavy and exotic grooves!), Nguyen Lê, EST, The Bad Plus, Meshell Ndegeocello, David Bowie, Radiohead…

Here's a couple of things people said about the record:

"Word out ne prétend pas révolutionner le genre. Ces jeunes musiciens ne sont pas prétentieux. Ils sont simplement frais, vivants, curieux, ouverts d'esprit, joyeux et écouter leur musique fait un bien fou. Il y a la fantaisie latin d'un petit déjeuner anglais (« Beans On Toast », n°1), un voyage interstellaire qui illustre cet article (« Asteroid B612 », n°3), une version originale d'un standard du Jazz moderne (« Giant Steps » de John Coltrane, n°6), un clin d'oeil britannique à Herbie Hancock (« One Ginger Snap », n°7), un morceau si beau qu'il se passe de titre pour conclure l'album (« Still Untitled », n°12).
Si je dois extraire un morceau de cet album, c'est la version du « Space Oddity » de David Bowie que je choisis (n°7). [...] Jim Funnell est britannique, Oliver Degabriele, maltais, Thibault Pierrard, français. Tous ont baigné dans la Pop Music avec la radio, la télévision puis la Toile. Ils ont assez de goût pour faire le tri. Ici, ils prennent un classique, préservent son énergie Pop, conservant sa majesté britannique tout en lui insufflant un Swing tout à fait Jazz. Bref, c'est une réussite parfaite de la première à la dernière note." Guillaume Lagrée, Le Jars Jase Jazz (May 2013)

"Your album is fucking sick man. The whole sound of it is really good (mix and mastering etc.) I really like your tunes too and the playing is burning except for a thirteen flat nine chord which is clearly a mistake." - Ant Law, Guitarist & Composer

"I liked the CD very much. My favorite tracks were « Space Oddity » - great energy, emotion and arrangement - and « Giant Steps » - I like how the harmonization and time flow. The detuning is hip on « What Is This Thing » and it does sound like a new tune. I recognized « Still Untitled » and « Beans On Toast » from before, I've always liked those... The high register comping idea and the solo in the middle of « Cheer Up George » are effective and innovative. I also like the groove and feel of « Asteroid » - nice counterpoint and bright lyrical playing! Overall, it sounds like a very good CD and a good band." Laszlo Gardony, Jazz Pianist & Composer



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