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New Impressions by Michael Coppola

Articulate jazz composition and guitar is a marriage declared by the spirits, a bond in which two variables directly react to the presence of the other to form enchanting musical magnetism. That is in fact the case when it comes to Michael Coppola in his 2003 release of "New Impressions". Kalo Records, innovators in their own right offered this wonderful piece of straightforward jazz, blessed with the sundry tones and imaginative psyche of Mr. Coppola.

Mr. Coppola is a highly respected artist in his field and through this project it does not take professor of higher learning to come to that conclusion. The music is fresh and alive with inventiveness and extemporization churning around every spin. Whether you embrace yourself with the sounds of Coppola's 9-string "Hydra" or the tones of the nylon stings, there are lessons to be learned involving straight jazz guitar for musicians at any level.

This superb project also features Jim Andrews on upright bass, Tim Moran setting it up with alto sax, and Arti Dixson on drums, together with Mr. Coppola and his guitar it makes for a very enjoyable listen. All of which have numerous kudos attached to their own personal resumes in jazz society, a very cool and innovative amalgamation of gifts.

"L.E. Blues" the third cut is an extraordinary piece with a vibrant and sizzling introduction by Moran and Coppola in unison allows the harmony to set free the passion within the listener.

A wonderful rendition of pianist Guaraldi's "Christmas Time is Here" brings closure to this project but leaves you with that "play it again" temptation in your mind. The nylon string "Hydra" effect just brings magic to this piece. Catch the hint of Andrew’s splendid bass action bringing solitude to this effort. A classic cut.

For the jazz guru, Coppola's technique and knowledge are superior, for the avid listener, it is an experience that needs to ensue. It is jazz with many roads which to follow. Take the trip.

Karl Stober is an international freelance columnist and broadcaster who can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Karl can also be reached at 1-802-380-6065.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Michael Coppola
  • CD Title: New Impressions
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Kalo Records
  • Tracks: Movin, Ring Touch, L.E. Blues, New Impressions, Flour On The Floor, Dianas Day
  • Musicians: Mike Coppola (9 string electric and nylon string), Jim Andrews (upright bass), Tim Moran (alto sax), Arti Dixson (drums)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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