Michael Coppola is a main entry listing 'the master of the 9 string guitar' in acclaimed critic Scott Yanow's book 'The great jazz guitarists' He is a straight ahead player, who, In 1987 he invented a tuning for an 8-string guitar which added 2 extra high strings between the 4th and 5th of a normally tuned instrument. The purpose of these extra strings was to allow him to obtain piano voicings and evetually led to the harp-like sounds that only Coppola can produce. In 2000, Michael added a 9th string to the mix. This instrument, 'The Hydra', as it is refered to in jazz guitar circles has become the only guitar Coppola uses. Michael has played with other masters such as Les Paul, Gene Bertoncini and more, as well as major venues such as the Montreal Jazz festival, The Blue Note and others. His composition 'Movin'' was a winner in the 2002 John Lennon song contest (out of over 25,000 entries) and his album 'Return Of The Hydra' was a top ten pick in 'CODA' magazine's critic choice for 2002.This album is mainly a quartet recording featuring Jim Andrews on acoustic bass, Arti Dixson (Ahmad Jamal, Joe Beck) on drums, and the brilliant alto saxophonist Tim Moran. The compositions convey a variety of mood from frantic to mellow. A review of this CD may be found on the 'All About Jazz' website Some quotes about Coppola's previous work follow: 'Distinctive talent' David Lewis, Cadence Magazine 'A mixture of precision and beauty...totally unique..extremely difficult intervallic stretches and alluring complex sonorities...terrific! Jim Fisch, 20th Century Guitar Magazine 'fast arpeggios and glissandos defy guitar logic...How on earth did he play that??...there is evidence that Michael Coppola is right and other 6 and 7 string players are missing something' Andy MacKenzie, Just Jazz Guitar 'Michael Coppola has chops to burn' James Hale, Coda Magazine 'Coppola performs with unbelievable dexterity and depth' Frankie Haard, Green Mountain Jazz Messenger.