Julien Kasper Discography
Trance Groove The New Imperial Flipping Time Three Feet Off The Ground Journey
Mississippi Moan Soul Survivor It's About Time BluesQuest Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know
The Julien Kasper Band - Trance Groove

Trance Groove

The Julien Kasper Band - Trance Groove at Amazon.com
  1. Trance Groove
  2. Chupacabra
  3. The Reverend
  4. Trash Day
  5. Abyssinia
  6. Milk Truck
  7. The Bumpus
  8. Riff 53
  9. Carolina Rosa
© Rudybear Music, BMI

Trance Groove features:
  • Julien Kasper - Guitar
  • Zac Casher - Drums
  • Jesse Williams - Bass

Plus Special Guests:

James Driscoll - Bass
Rob Avsharian - Drums
Matt Jenson - Hammond B3 organ
T Lavitz - Hammond B3 organ

“On this record I really let the compositions take me wherever they would go,” said Kasper. “I have been feeling less compromising in my writing, more able to follow that thread of inspiration where it may lead, and not trying to consciously fit any one style. The songs on the CD are thematically related, however, where I did use certain harmonic motifs in several songs. And, of course, there is another common thread in the grooves.”... read more of this article at "The Patriot Ledger" website

"... Julien is very approachable and a number of people, myself included, had him sign our copies. Backed up solidly with Zac Casher on drums and Jesse Williams on bass he played every song from the new album as well as some older tunes. Trance Groove is a nine song CD that covers a wide range of musical styles from rock to jazz to blues.  ...The music is rich and complex, demonstrating quite resoundingly Julien’s abilities across the spectrum of guitar playing..."  read more of Dave Owczarek's review of the Trance Groove release party

"I have been spinning music made by Julien Kasper for many years now and I am once again struck with the sounds put forth on his latest release Trance Groove... The nine tracks are filled with personality where needed and some rock as desired. There are some extra jams on the Hammond B-3 Organ by Matt Jenson & T Lavitz that add a certain warmth to their respected tracks making me gravitate to The Reverend & Riff 53 (featuring Jenson) as well as Chupacabra and the soft spoken Carolina Rosa... There are two tracks that are the heavier hitters on the album for my radio ear, Trash Day & Milk Truck have edges that cut a path right into my ear-ways paved and rolled by Julien on guitar, Zac Casher on drums and Jesse Williams on electric/acoustic upright bass. As always, it is a thrill to listen to..."
The Green Arrow Radio blog

The New Imperial

The New Imperial

  1. The JB Groove
  2. Promise
  3. 8 to 11
  4. I am a Centaur
  5. About Rudy
  6. All of the Years
  7. Sister
  8. Jacket Full of Bees
  9. In the Fields
  10. The New Imperial
  11. Zulie
  12. Requiem (for Bottle)
© Rudybear Music, BMI

The New Imperial features:

  • Julien Kasper - Guitar
  • Zac Casher - Drums
  • Blendi Dhami - Electric & Acoustic Bass

Plus Special Guests:

Ken Clark - Hammond B-3 Organ, Wurlitzer electric piano, Rhodes electric piano
Lefteris Kordis - Rhodes electric piano

"The New Imperial" was recorded at Chris Rival's Middleville Studio in North Reading, Massachusetts. It is an amazing studio that he built himself in an ancient colonial barn. The band tracked to a 24 track A820 Studer tape machine and did some overdubs and the solo guitar pieces on an Otari Radar hard disc system (so I could improvise non-stop all day without running out of tape).

Once again Chris distinguished himself with his great ears and ability to capture extraordinarily natural sounds. The CD sounds huge, woody, and organic. We chose the unusual arrangement of playing in the spacious control room while keeping the amps in the live room. This enabled me to crank Marshalls without hurting anyone...   read more of Julien's notes about the writing and recording of "The New Imperial"

"Julien Kasper again proves he is one of the finer rock guitar instrumentalists around. He's got great chops and feel and unquestionable tone. In fact, the sounds of the guitars are damn near perfect. And best of all, the compositions here are well-written. That's usually a major problem for records like this - without good songs it doesn’t matter how good you play.

This disc covers a lot of musical ground. The JB Groove delivers as per its title with slinky chord work a la Jimmy Nolan mixed with biting leads and fat tone in the solos. All of the Years is a jazz-tinged ballad with a hint of Jeff Beck. The changes are just a little off kilter (in a good way) and volume swells add to the atmosphere. Jacket Full of Bees is a fusion tune in the best sense of the word, with elastic solos and a composition that’s both hummable and memorable. The title cut is a walking blues that gets a unique take, while I am a Centuar should get an award for Goofiest Song Title of the Year. The tune itself is a marvel - a light, bluesy funk laced with chimey rhythm guitars and and well-placed wah. After a couple of minutes Kasper enters with tone that would make Eric Johnson smile before it comes back down. A surefire frontrunner on this year’s instrumental list".
— John Heidt, Vintage Guitar Magazine , Sept. 2006

Julien Kasper Band: The New Imperial
Flipping Time

Flipping Time

  1. Home Place
  2. Flipping Time
  3. I Know
  4. And Now We Know
  5. Ten Years Late
  6. Foot Clappin'
  7. Talkin' About What
  8. Blues for Charles
  9. Jackalope
  10. Bigger Than You
  11. The Wayward Way
© Rudybear Music, BMI

"Flipping Time" features:

Plus Special Guests:

Marty Ballou  - Bass
Marty Richards  - Drums
Bruce Katz  - Hammond B3 organ

Because most of the performances were tracked live in the studio with the guitar amps in the same room as the drums, fixing mistakes and re-doing solos was not an option. Guitar bleed into the drum microphones contributed to the great live ambient sound of the CD, plus I wanted to remove the option of obsessively re-doing solos... read more of Julien's track-by-track gear rundown for "Flipping Time"

"Flipping Time... is the debut CD from Berklee guitar professor and multi-style wizard Julien Kasper. The album tastefully combines many musical genres while relying solely on the performances of a small cadre of players and their bandleader.  Where so many instrumental albums sacrifice melody for chops, Kasper’s work is a shining example of the opposite; his material stays true to the melody, which is as strong as any classical work of music, while retaining the hooky quality of modern mainstream rock.

The album opens with the glistening, Home Place, and keeps the listener captivated until the delicate finale, The Wayward Way. Kasper is backed by two excellant groove-oriented drummers; Zac Casher and Marty Richards know exactly how to provide the right space for Kasper to work in, and the band reaches their potential when he takes the unbridled lead. In tracks such as Jackalope and Ten Years Late, the band sets up a groove in which he can really let loose. These tracks immediatly showcase Kasper’s incredible diversity while grounding the music in a catchy and accessible pocket.

Best tracks: Ten Years Late, I Know and The Wayward Way
Sean Conlon,   The Groove

Julien Kasper: Flipping Time

Julien's guitar work is featured on these CDs:

The Julien Kasper Band - Trance Groove
Cover Photo by David Lee Black

Julien Kasper Band, 2009
Trance Groove

The Julien Kasper Band - The New Imperial
Cover Photo by Pia Schachter

Julien Kasper Band, 2006
The New Imperial

Julien Kasper - Flipping Time
Cover Photo by Jean Hangarter

Julien's debut CD, 2003
Flipping Time

The Bruce Katz Band
Three Feet Off The Ground

Mighty Sam McClain

The Bruce Katz Band
Mississippi Moan

Mighty Sam McClain
Soul Survivor

Pat Ramsey - It's About Time

Pat Ramsey
It's About Time

AudioQuest Sampler - BluesQuest

AudioQuest Sampler

Crosscut Saw - Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

Crosscut Saw
Mad, bad & dangerous to know