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Below, you'll find a compilation of all album reviews done by local KIOS jazz and blues staff.

Last Call Review: GoGo Peguin/GoGo Peguin/Blue Note Records


GoGo Penguin are from Manchester, UK. The band features pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka, and drummer Rob Turner.

With trip hop, ambient, electronica, jazz and classical elements combined in the music they create, the trio has released a series of fine albums. Their 2018 release A Humdrum Star was featured extensively on Last Call with a focus on several riveting selections including "Raven", "Strid" and the excellent "Bardo".

GoGo Peguin's latest recording, a self-titled effort, does not disappoint. Highlights of the disc include "Atomised", "Signal in the Noise", "Open" and "Kora". Nick Blacka's basslines combine with drumming from Rob Turner and piano artistry from Chris Illingworth to result in a group sound that alternates from contemplative minimalism to relentless energy. Fans of Brian Eno and Philip Glass will find much to enjoy in GoGo Peguin's recordings and this latest effort is another delightful addition. 

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Watch a tiny desk concert with GoGo Peguin at NPR Music


Chris Cooke has been a voice on public radio in Omaha since 1989. Working at KVNO-FM during college, Cooke hosted a weekend progressive jazz show on the station in addition to working as an on-air announcer. In November 1992, Cooke signed on at KIOS-FM and has been there ever since. He has hosted the Tuesday and Thursday editions of Jazz in the Afternoon since 1996 and has hosted Last Call since that year. A long time fan of jazz music, Cooke enjoys talking with the musicians who make jazz music and presenting those conversations with listeners. When not hosting or listening to jazz, on record or in person, Cooke maintains a busy schedule as a self-employed web design consultant.
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