Album review: Q-BIZM – Corduroy Shorts

Q-BIZM - Corduroy Shorts

[Release date 15.05.20]

The retro flavour of this album might be detected in the tongue-in-cheek title.  Yeah, baby, yeah.  This is only the Italian band’s second album after forming originally back in 1996. Their debut album came in 2003, 15 years later they reunited.

The latest album is a mix of jazz, funk and rock grooves, ably displaying some fine musicianship with Alessandro Riccucci’s saxophone a particular highlight.  Elsewhere, there’s some great Hammonding from new band addition Francesco Longhi.

There’s a mix of vocal and (mainly) instrumental pieces too, with the infectious opener ‘Black Truck’ giving way to the jazzy groove of ’3131′.

The vocal pieces have a retro turn of the sixties feel like ‘Just A Man’ and ‘Warning’(shades of Badfinger here) sitting well with the more straight ahead jazz funk pieces like ‘Funkraum’ and ‘Punkache’.

Lovers of bands like Lettuce should listen up.  Perfect summer listening.  15 years on, welcome back Q-Bizm.  ****

Review by David Randall

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