Arthur Kell Speculation Quartet

Live at LunÀtico

Origin 82884

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...melodic arrangements, spontaneous interaction, and vibrant individual performances. Booming bass lines, crisp drumming, and guitar harmonies are in abundance and every tune has elements of swing and discovery.
All About Jazz

With New York bassist Arthur Kell's latest release, his creative pursuits come full circle. Through the bar and music venue that he co-founded, LunÀtico has helped nurture the vibrant music scene in modern-day Brooklyn, which now in turn, has helped nurture his latest musical explorations. Long before his ubiquitous presence on LunÀtico's bandstand, many of Kell's earliest gigs were in the same Bed-Stuy neighborhood. This homecoming of sorts inspired the forming of this two-guitar quartet - featuring Brad Shepik & Nate Radley, along with the quickly ascending drummer, Allan Mednard - and affected the widely eclectic range of the music through the Afro-Brazilian-Arabic influences that can be found in LunÀtico's curated projects.

"...vibrant, challenging music from a band so tight within its group dynamic and so confident in its individualistic chops that every movement is a lively step forward."
Jazz Improv Magazine


Track Listing:

1 Speculation (Intro) 0:50
2 Haflat Zifaf 10:00
3 The Djado 9:55
4 Lullaby/Omi 7:28
5 Pisciotta Blue 6:50
6 Dry Delta 8:29
7 Dark Green No. 15 6:03
8 Regatta 8:49
9 Polyamorphous 8:49
10 Speculation 4:03

All compositions by Arthur Kell | Ténéré Music (BMI)

Performers:

Brad Shepik - guitar
Nate Radley - guitar
Arthur Kell - bass
Allan Mednard - drums

Production Info:

Produced by Arthur Kell
Recorded Live by Rob Badenoch
at Bar LunÀtico, Brooklyn, NY, February 15-16, 2022
Mixed & Edited by Rob Badenoch, South Orange, NJ
Mastered by Nate Wood
at Kerseboom Mastering, Ridgewood, NY
Cover photo by Kyra Kverno
Photo retouching by Katya Scarpulla
Interior photos by Luke Marantz (from video stills)
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of Live at LunÀtico

Contemporary Fusion Reviews (Dick Metcalf)
Exciting eclectic jazz Arthur Kell Speculation Quartet – LIVE AT LUNÀTICO: Bassist Kell's upcoming release (17 November, 2023) is certainly among the best of the exciting eclectic jazz albums we've had the pleasure to review (yet) in 2023… first, here's a short clip of the group performing together… In addition to Arthur's brilliant bass ...

Jazz Weekly (George W Harris)
Bassist Arthur Kell puts together a two-guitar front line of Nate Radley and Brad Shepik along with drummer Allan Mednard for a pair of gigs recorded at Bar LunAtico in Brooklyn in 2022. The set is bookended with contemplative rubato of "Speculation" and closing with a more dramatic version. In between, the strings bop with delight around Kell's bo ...

Archyde (Paris) (Editor)
The project merges the different activities of Arthur Kell who played extensively at Bar LunÀtico in Brooklyn as a sideman for artists such as Kenny Wollesen, Roy Nathanson, Paul Bollenback, Matt Darriau and Avram Fefer. This generation contributed greatly to the flourishing and maintenance of a vibrant music scene in today's Brooklyn. Likewise, t ...

DownBeat (Brian Morton)
4-STARS Arthur Kell seems to have played with everyone without (yet) making a wider splash. He's probably too generous an artist for stardom, and in this terrific group, he leaves much of the spotlight to the two guitarists and drummer. But when you listen to the nicely dotted 0rhythm of "The Djado," or the resonant intro and sustained lead line t ...

Jazz’N’More (Switzerland) (Michael van Gee)
Arthur Kell again proves his innovative skills as a bandleader. Intense musical conversations, which are driven from one climax to the next...highlight the quartet's intense, lucid and tight musical interplay. Musically the quartet is covering a broad spectrum. [Kell's] original compositions swing back and forth between Brazil and the Arab world. T ...

KIOS (Omaha) (Chris Cooke)
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 musicia ...



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