© Aaron Koppel Quartet 2007
The Wild Call of the Multi-Tasker, the debut album by the Aaron Koppel Quartet, has a lot going for it. The musicianship is superb, the tunes are atmospheric, and there's a cohesiveness to the album that occasionally offers a very elusive quality. All in all, it's a nice way to start off a young career.
What makes this album interesting is hearing all the elements that he brings to the table. While this is solidly an "acid-jazz" album, you can hear bebop in his fluid lines. Of course, you can also hear loads of John Scofield's influence in Koppel's tone and ideas. One can also tell that he's listened to his share of classic seventies fusion and R&B. Strangely, though, for all the funk and grit to be found here, it's not really danceable. Instead, much in the vein of Medeski, Martin and Wood (another obvious influence here), this is funk on a completely different level.