Anyone seriously sucked into the beauty and passion of vintage Ethiopian music by Buda Records’ invaluable Ethiopiques series may well wonder where the good contemporary music is from that East African country. Well, from all accounts there’s not much good stuff these days. A few years ago Terp Records, the label run by Ex guitarist Terrie Hessels, released a terrific collection of recent Ethiopian dance tracks called Ililta! New Ethiopian Dance Music, and the same label put out the latest collaboration between the Ex and saxophonist Getatchew Mekuria, Y’Anbessaw Tezeta, but generally the pickings are slim. I’ll admit that I was skeptical when I first heard about the Ethio jazz practiced by the young pianist Samuel Yirga, who’s probably known best for his involvement in the British world-music project Dub Colossus, which tepidly mashes up simulacrums of 70s Ethiopian sounds with funk, reggae, and jazz. But while Yirga’s recent debut album, Guzo (Real World), contains some serious flaws, the best tracks are truly something special.