The Aaron Koppel Quartet's 2009 Chicago Sessions release "Falling Together Falling Apart" received critical acclaim : #7 in Neil Tesser’s Top Ten Chicago Jazz Discs of 2009, #12 in JazzChicago.net’s Top Chicago Recordings of 2009, and 3 ½ Stars! (3=Good, 4=Excellent) from Downbeat Magazine. “Across 10 originals, the emphasis is on group interplay, with active basslines and lively arrangements... In the end, what makes this disc enjoyable is the way the 26-year-old Koppel takes a conventional form (mainstream jazz) and makes something of it, breaking up the material, avoiding the tendency to just write blowing vehicles and, when his own guitar isn’t happening (e.g., ‘Falling Together’, ‘Our Tribe’), letting his sidemen take most of the spotlight.” - John Ephland, Downbeat.
The Aaron Koppel Quartet is a unique bop driven force that can only be described as what it is: another new exit off the highway of jazz. Founded by Aaron Koppel in 2002, the Aaron Koppel Quartet is made up of Chicago natives: guitarist Aaron Koppel, pianist Matt Nelson (Matthew Santos), Robert Tucker (Matthew Santos), and bassist Graham Czach (Chicago Afrobeat Project). Their debut album released in 2007 "The Wild Call of the Multitasker" received a lot of attention in Chicago, being featured on WXRT's Jazz Transfusion, Chicago's 93.1 FM, XM radio's Beyond Jazz, New Mexico's KSFR 101.1 FM Santa Fe Public Radio, WDCB 90.9 FM College of DuPage Public Radio, PBS 106.7 FM Melbourne, Australia, and several internet radio sites. With the addition of Geof Bradfield (tenor), Greg Ward (alto) and Johanna Mahmud (trombone) the Aaron Koppel Quartet received two nominations for the Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards, Best International Jazz Group and Best International Jazz Song with Koppel's arrangement of Radiohead's "Myxomatosis (Judge, Jury, Executioner)."