Guzo - Samuel Yirga
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jan 7, 2013
    80
    Guzo is ambitious and the discipline makes an irrepressible impact, the standard of playing from Yerard teachers or professional Ethiopian or British musicians is high, and everyone sounds tightly united, but the jazz makes it limber.
  2. Aug 30, 2012
    80
    This fierce debut [is] an essential purchase for anyone who has fallen for the jazzier end of the Ethiopiques spectrum. [Sep 2012, p.97]
  3. Aug 30, 2012
    80
    In short, this is an impressive debut album that attests to the originality and expressiveness of its author.
  4. Exquisitely poised solo pieces that subtly pay homage to the likes of fellow keyboard masters Abdullah Ibrahim and Erik Satie.
  5. Aug 30, 2012
    70
    Yirga wears his influences too obviously on the introspective solo pieces, but these are early days. [Aug 2012, p.83]
  6. Aug 30, 2012
    60
    This album could do with even more solo work from its star.
  7. Aug 30, 2012
    50
    Guzo is a strange album--it feels like the record label (or management) are calling too many shots, unable to decide whether Yirga should play the Ethio-jazz which we've come accustomed to through the Ethiopiques series, the cool Western jazz of Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans, or a fusion in-between that also includes soul and Caribbean flavours.

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