Julien Kasper is a musician who moves seamlessly through rock, jazz, and blues with improvisational spirit, soul, and stunning virtuosity. Reviewing Julien’s 1993 demo Guitar Player Magazine raved:
The eclectic [guitarist] suggests that John Coltrane and Miles Davis have far more in common with Hendrix and Beck than most jazz guitarists. Building his style from that perspective, Kasper displays righteous control, dead-on phrasing, progressive composition, and savvy ears ... This guy is really, really good - somebody give him a record deal quick!
Julien released his debut recording, Flipping Time, in 2003 to critical praise. Bucking trends of digital editing and excessive production, he recorded the CD live in the studio to analog tape. Not just flaunting his blistering guitar chops, he chose to craft memorable melodies over rootsy grooves, an artistic choice that makes Flipping Time a CD that appeals not only to guitar players but to music lovers across a wide demographic spectrum.
The album is full of surprises... shifting styles delivered with Kasper's gorgeous tone and vibrant imagination.
The Sound: Virtuoso jazzy blues rock guitar.
History: Berklee College of music instructor Julien Kasper is a seasoned guitarist who's gigged with many bluesmen, including Pat Ramsey and Mighty Sam McClain. On his sophomore album,The New Imperial, Kasper and his cohorts, drummer Zac Casher and bassist Blendi Dhami, gracefully cycle through rock, jazz, and blues, while always allowing their pieces to maintain a strong melodic center.
Soul, groove, melody, tone, and the element of surprise are my priorities as a composer and an improviser, says Kasper. As a guitarist I am coming equally from the schools of rock, jazz, and blues.
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Berklee College of Music
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