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Last Call Review: Arthur Kell Speculation Quartet/Live at LunÀtico/Origin Records

A compelling, vibrant recording by bassist Arthur Kell and his Speculation Quartet, "Live at LunÀtico", is well worth your attention.

Arthur Kell (bassist, composer) is one of the most original voices on today's New York City jazz scene. Based in Brooklyn, New York. He has played with a stellar cross-section of the most influential jazz musicians for decades. On the new release he is joined by Nate Radley and Brad Shepik (guitars) plus Allan Mednard (drums). Recorded at the music venue that he co-founded, LunÀtico, Kell and his quartet perform ten all original compositions. The band is tight but vibrant and compelling. Listen to highlights including "Haflat Zifaf", "Pisciotta Blue" and "Dry Delta", compositions that have deep and rich Afro-Brazilian-Arabic influences that make it immediately accessible to jazz fans.

Active on the jazz scene for several decades, Kell's quartet has recorded four CDs of his songs. Since 1997, he has led groups featuring jazz luminaries including Steve Cardenas, Matt Wilson, Gerald Cleaver, Donny McCaslin and Chris Cheek. And, Kell's quartet has done fifteen tours in Europe. The bassist's ability to fit seamlessly into any musical context has made him much in demand as a sideman and on other music projects.

Tune in to the Last Call 10pm-12 midnight on Saturdays to listen to music from Arthur Kell and his Speculation Quartet.

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<b>Chris Cooke </b>has been a voice on radio in Omaha since 1988. While at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, he studied radio broadcasting, history and religion. Working at KVNO-FM, Cooke hosted a weekend adventuresome jazz show on the station in addition to duties as an on-air announcer on overnights, weekends and holidays. He also worked at KBLZ (the then student-run radio station) as well as KYNE-TV, and The Gateway as a reporter. <br/>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 also hosted Last Call since that year. A long time fan of jazz music, Cooke enjoys talking with the musicians who make jazz music. He has interviewed Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, Wayne Shorter, David Liebman, Airto Moreira, Jessica Williams and Karrin Allyson, to name a few. While not at the station Cooke maintains a web design consultancy business that has served a number of non-profit and music clients for over 20 years.