Voicings in My Head
Michael Coppola’s current release “Voicings in My Head” is an innovative an inspiring collection of Jazz Standards. Coppola is an exceptionally gifted and virtuosic guitarist. He plays a nine stringed semi-hollow guitar, carefully crafted by luthier James DeCava, and aptly named the Hydra after the nine headed mythological creature. This allows Coppola to create beautifully conceived pianistic chord voicings and lush cascading legato lines. One hears the echoes of Art Tatum and Lenny Breau in the guitarist’s phenomenal improvisations and inventive interpretations throughout the recording. From the swinging “Blue Moon” to the incendiary “Honeysuckle Rose,” Coppola never loses focus of the inherent melody of each composition during his masterful sonic excursions. His addition of the Beatles “Honey Pie” and Vince Guarladi’s “Linus and Lucy” make excellent arguments for their inclusion into the jazz cannon as well. The recording aptly closes with a reverential deconstruction of the enduring spiritual “Amazing Grace.” Although not exclusively an acoustic album, this release is highly recommended for all listeners of timeless, improvised music. – James Scott, MinorSeventh.com
On the Atkins Diet
Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed meet Joe Pass and Tuck Andress. Boom-Bop…Jazz with boom-chic all played on solo 9 string guitar with no overdubs.
Solo Acoustic Monster Guitar
Difficult pieces: Flight Of The Bumblebee, Cliffs Of Dover, Tiger Rag and other Monster Guitar Pieces. Michael Coppola invented the “Hydra” 9 string tuning and technique and continues to pioneer this amazing guitar with this CD.
Straight ahead jazz with an individual approach; “A mixture of precision and beauty…totally unique..extremely difficult intervallic stretches and alluring complex sonorities…terrific.” – Jim Fisch, 20th Century Guitar Magazine
Guess Who I Saw Today
Rhonda Thomas made her name as the principal background vocalist in the Isaac Hayes band for several years until his death. She is equally skilled in the R & B and jazz styles. Michael Coppola plays a self-invented 9 string guitar. He has been described as “sounding like no one else on the planet” (Jim Fisch, 20th Century Magazine). Together they are a magical voice/guitar duo a la Joe/Ella and Tuck/Patti, yet with a flair and mood entirely their own.