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Jim Funnell


Anglo-French pianist and composer Jim Funnell started leading his own band in his early teens, performing at jazz clubs by the time he was in high school. Dedicating himself to the study of both classical and jazz piano, he was awarded a full tuition scholarship from Berklee College of Music, where he was exposed to a diversity of styles and cultures. Jim then decided to travel to Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil, soaking up Latin America’s folklore and Afro-Latin rhythms. Since then, he has launched a prolific recording career: five albums as a leader/co-leader of both his own group “Word Out” (modern jazz combo with groove and world tinges) and AfuriKo (African infused jazz duo with percussionist Akiko Horii) have already been released to this day



Label: AfuriKo
Released: 2019
Track listing: A Step in the Storm; Oleleko; Rainbow Snake; Kassai; Up in the Air; Adzolowoe; Trace of Peach; In B Town; Sunnyside.


Article: Album Review

AfuriKo: Tao

Read "Tao" reviewed by Geno Thackara

On first impression, AfuriKo seems to sit somewhere between groovy Miles Davis circa Big Fun (Columbia, 1974) and the electric '70s fusion of, say, Joe Zawinul or Jeff Beck. You have the deep rhythms, world- spanning percussion and any tone an electric piano can make. The name is a portmanteau combining the Japanese terms for “child" ...



Label: Philippe Lopes de Sa Duo / Freedom Jazz Zone
Released: 2017
Track listing: Valse; L'absence; Esbjörn; Chambre 2580, Pt. I; Chambre 2580, Pt. II; Brume; Woandering; Five Pennies a Day; DB; She's Out of My Life; Phenix; La Morena y el Papel.



Label: AfuriKo / Funnelljazz
Released: 2016
Track listing: The Other Village; Stones; Idol; Style; Sedi Donka; Autumn Leaves; A Guy Called Peter; Tori-san (Mr. Bird); Red Dragonfly; Lôro.


Spirit of the Snail

Label: Jim Funnell / Funnelljazz
Released: 2015
Track listing: Spirit of the Snail; Igneous Alloy; Fuji; Le pain du volcan; La morena y el papel; Ich Bin Otto Erlenmeyer; Maracatu Sh*t; Interlude; Song for Us; Such a Sweet Dawdle; Scale Sir (Intro); Scale Sir; Stonehenge.


On the Far Side

Label: AfuriKo / F-IRE
Released: 2014
Track listing: White Nights; Kpanlogo; Sakuralaba; On the Far Side; Ka baga ne ma; Pentafriko; Chakarera pa' mi hermano; Gbégbé.


アフリ子 EP

Label: AfuriKo
Released: 2012
Track listing: Pentafriko; Chakarera pa' mi hermano; Kpanlogo; On the Far Side (Bawa); White Nights.


Word Out

Label: 0!7!W3music / Word Out
Released: 2009
Track listing: Beans on Toast; What Is This (Detuned) Thing?; Asteroid B612; Ian's Bonsai; Les mains sales; Giant Steps; One Ginger Snap; Space Oddity; Cheer Up, George; Swedish Clogs; Ordinary Effect; Still Untitled.


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