Ahh, there’s nothing like the sleek comfort of those summer Corduroy Shorts, is there? Depending on your location, you may be months away from breaking out the comfort wear, but allow us to tide you over with the new Q-bizm music video for “3131.” It’s the second single from their comeback record, appropriately titled Corduroy Shorts, and due for release in April via Rayrecordings.
The new song is a great example of the groovy, dynamic that exists between the varied musical backgrounds of this seven-man jazz-rock band. It’s almost not appropriate to call them a band, as they’re more of an ensemble with diverse tastes that specialize in creating homegrown funk and mixing it with progressive rock. This is an eclectic conglomeration of sound for those looking for a more challenging listening experience.
Corduroy Shorts takes you through a journey of sound and atmosphere, with home grown funk and progressive rock inspired by spaghetti westerns, acid jazz, and French film noir soundtracks. The inspirations come far and wide, but what each of Frank Zappa, Steely Dan, Soullive, Jellyfish, Mezzoforte, Tauk, JagaJazzist, Goblin, and the Beatles have in common is that they all have pushed the musical envelope and challenged themselves to do very different things as artists as their careers progressed.
Although the group was founded in 2001, guitarist ETN Hunyady, drummer Francesco Corrias and Filippo Gaetani (SheLoom) all first played together in 1996. Even though they lived far from each other, they were able to record Vivid in 2003 with saxaphonist Alessandro Riccucci, multiinstrumentalist Thomas Murley and violinist Stefano Lunardi.
With other commitments in their way, the band members decided to go separate paths... until 2018 when Q-bizm was suddenly back in business, joined by new member keyboardist Francesco Longhi. Since that time, they have been fervently writing new material, which they then hit the recording studio with and the result you have is the new record Corduroy Shorts. With renewed creativity and optimism for the future, Q-bizm will continue to do what they do best; challenge musical barriers.
Listen to more Q-bizm with the December-released music video for “Black Truck.”