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
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 amazing virtuosity.
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 Gypsys’ 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.
Julien Kasper: Guitar
Zac Casher: Drums
Blendi Dhami: Electric and Acoustic Bass
with special guests
Ken Clark: Hammond B-3 Organ, Wurlitzer and Rhodes electric pianos
Lefteris Kordis: Rhodes electric piano
All tracks by Julien Kasper except 4 and 11 Kasper/Casher.