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The New Imperial

by Julien Kasper Band

Virtuoso electric guitar, jazz/rock/jam band.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Rock
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1. The J.B. Groove
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2. Promise
1:24 $0.89
3. 8 to 11
3:42 $0.99
4. I am a Centaur
6:29 $0.99
5. About Rudy
3:22 $0.99
6. All of the Years
6:34 $0.99
7. Sister
4:55 $0.99
8. Jacket Full of Bees
3:46 $0.99
9. In the Fields
2:23 $0.89
10. The New Imperial
5:15 $0.99
11. Zulie
7:24 $0.99
12. Requiem (for Bottle)
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Album Notes
FROM THE CITY OF BOSTON: JAZZ MEETS ROCK Hailing from Boston, MA, Julien Kasper is a "guitarist's guitarist," a musician with the ability and tonal know-how to move seamlessly through rock, jazz and blues with improvisational spirit, soul and true virtuosity.

"Kasper displays . . . righteous control, dead-on phrasing, progressive composition and savvy ears. This guy is really, really good!" —Guitar Player Magazine.

With THE NEW IMPERIAL, an entirely instrumental offering, Julien not only flaunts his blistering guitar chops but also crafts memorable melodies and grooves. On occasions there are elements reminiscent of "Blow by Blow" era Jeff Beck and "Band of Gypsies" Hendrix, interwoven with Julien's individual jazz leanings. Bucking trends of digital editing and excessive production, THE NEW IMPERIAL was recorded live in studio to analog tape.

Blues and jazz fans in the US and Europe became aware of Julien through his work with virtuoso pianist and Hammond B3 organist Bruce Katz. He recorded two CDs with the Bruce Katz Band on Audioquest: "Mississippi Moan" and "Three Feet Off the Ground", and toured extensively throughout the US and Europe. Julien has also recorded with Mighty Sam McClain: "Journey" and "Soul Survivor" on Telarc. Julien released his debut recording, "Flipping Time", in 2003 to critical praise.

Julien was born in France to American parents and spent his youth as an army child moving around the American south. Inspired by Bob Dylan and the Beatles, he took up the guitar at the age of eight and was largely selftaught until his first jazz lessons at age 18. In his professional life he has lived in Texas and Florida.

He is now based in Boston, Massachusetts, a city to which he was initially lured by a teaching position in the Guitar department at Berklee College of Music. His classes at Berklee consist of curriculum he has developed on creative applications of melodic and harmonic materials, advanced blues/rock/jazz guitar techniques, and his perennially popular Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck performance labs. He is a recognized authority on the playing of these two masters.

The European release of THE NEW IMPERIAL coincides with a performance and clinic by the Julien Kasper Band at the International Guitar Festival in London on May 1 st and 2nd, 2006. The band, which features first-call Boston musicians Zac Casher on drums and Blendi Dhami on bass, will continue with tours in the US and Europe in support of the release.

"His talent for melody is phenomenal, and his band tighter than most working groups today. . . Kasper gives us a sound we can't help but listen to." —jazzreview.com All tracks by Julien Kasper except 4 and 11 Kasper/Casher.



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Gregg McVicar

great album
What a great album! We've been spinning it almost every day -- really like the unadorned, raw artistry of Julien and the whole group
Gregg McVicar

John Ziegler KUMD-FM

Great guitar
Just a note to say we LOVE the new disc from Julien Kasper here at 100,000 watt KUMD in Duluth, MN. Great guitar!!! This guy is a monster! Yipes, I thought I was a guitar player....after hearing Julien I now know that I am only a guitar owner.
John Ziegler (PD) KUMD-FM

Mark Smith KJLU-FM

Master on guitar
The man is a master on guitar who seems to have channeled into some type of gumbo. Part jazz, a part rock a big dose of groove ,a pinch of blues and mix it all up into one tasty treat for the earholes. Dont need no
lyrics as Juliens'guitar does the talkin
Mark the Blues Pilot

Jennifer Isaacs WGDR-FM

Jennifer Isaacs - Music Director
Tonio Epstien - New World & RPM Director
Plainfield, VT

Mike Flowers - KZUM-FM

The disc is awsome
Mike Flowers
Host Of The Mystic Mile
Lincoln, NE