Ciyo - Borderline

Thursday 1st January 2004
Ciyo - Borderline
Ciyo - Borderline

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Independent CGM2
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Steve Best

Recently back from a tour which included a support slot with Roy Ayers and boasting a CV which includes working with the likes of Annie Lennox and Suggs, Ciyo’s latest - his fifth album - is already getting a fair amount of interest from radio stations up and down the UK. It’s not hard to see why, as this is quality soul jazz which will take you instantly back to what may seem a dim and distant summer. All bar one track (an effortlessly jazzy take on soul classic “Every Kinda People” with Ciyo shining on acoustic guitar a la George Benson, one of his influences along with Wes Montgomery) are self-penned, leaving an impression that we’re going to be seeing a lot more of Ciyo, if there’s any justice in this world.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Carmen Henry in London @ 20:36 on Jun 11 2010

Loved this artist and have 2 of the albums Somewhere Out There and Natural Mystic, love the style always makes me feel good when I listen to his fabulous melodic guitar playing.

Posted by Patricia Palmer-Will in London @ 10:37 on Mar 29 2007

Your review of Ciyo comes as no suprise to me , I have seen him at many venues and have been impressed with his creative, seductive music. I was neve a jazz fan until I heard Ciyo's music - more, more I say.

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