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Song of the Day: Jim Funnell’s Word Out, Umberto Echo – Lesser Vice

A piano trio Jim Funnell's Word Out collaborates with Umberto Echo on a fantastic new dub jazz single Lesser Vice.

Lesser Vice is a Jamaican-inspired psychedelic ode to what 20th-century philosopher Alan Watts coined the "element of irreducible rascality". As the band describes it: It's in you, it's in me, it's in all of us, whether we like it/accept it or not. Like a pinch of salt in a stew, it brings out our humanness. And as Carl Jung would certainly warn us, particularly in this day and age: watch the repressed seed of a philanthropist's shadow self... It may grow into the most noxious of weeds!

Led by pianist 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 two albums (Word Out and Spirit of the Snail),  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.


Listen to Jim Funnell's Word Out and Umberto Echo on a fantastic new dub jazz single Lesser Vice:

Jim Funnell's Word Out released recently a live album Live in Japan, a selection of Word Out originals recorded live at Nardis (Kashiwa) and Salt Peanuts (Tokyo) with a simple Zoom H4n Handy Recorder back in September 2016. Two compositions are previously unreleased (Ikigai and House of Granate), while the other eight are reprises of tunes from my previous studio albums: Spirit of the Snail (2015) and Word Out (2009). The record, mostly in a classic jazz piano trio format, features Ryoichi Zakota on bass and Ryo Noritake on drums throughout. Special guests Akiko Horii (percussion) and Hiroshi Fukutomi (guitar) appear on Ikigai and Fuji respectively.


Watch the video below of Jim Funnell's Word Out and Umberto Echo on a fantastic new dub jazz single Lesser Vice:

Other wicked songs and projects worth checking this week:


Blue Lab Beats, Kiefer - Dat It

Tall Black Guy, Ozay Moore, KUMBAYA - Viberite

Cookin Soul, Freddie Gibbs - Thug Till It's Over

New Cool Collective - Shiku

Irreversible Entanglements - Lágrimas Del Mar

Barrett Martin Group - Please Come Back, She Said To The Sun

Byron the Aquarius - Universal Insanity

Shunaji - Black Girl Blues

Takuya Kuroda - Brand New Shoes

Unc D - Trash Happy

Adibanti, Jackson Mathod - Mollusc

Okvsho - Je suis au jardin

Theo Croker - Soul Call || Vibrate

Thiago França, A Espetacular Charanga do França - Cheia De Manias

Jim Funnell's Word Out, Umberto Echo - Lesser Vice

Theon Cross - Forward Progression II

Tony Allen, Hugh Masekela - We've Landed - Cool Cats Mix

Adrian Quesada, Brownout, Tomar Williams - Funky Chick

FFSYTHO, Jabru, Alice Russell - Keep On

Gregory Porter, Troy Miller - Dry Bones

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