I have followed Julian’s progress since he was a boy . Every time I hear him he gets better and better . I can hear his influences, but, with his beautiful delicate sound and perfect time, he really is ‘his own man’. With this album Julian has really arrived !
Julian’s ‘Dream Band’ perform Latin Jazz of Afro Cuban, Brazilian & Argentinian origin . The personnel in the ‘Dream Band’ have studied and performed in Latin America and Julian’s stunning recordings currently being mixed for release on his ‘it’s clazzical’ album include an intriguing blend of ‘classic’ melodies and pulsating latin rhythms .
Unforgettable themes by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Salvatore Vito, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Heitor Villa Lobos, Astor Piazzolla, Sir John Dankworth, Chuck Mangione & Luiz Bonfa are played with style and passion by Julian with inimitable pianist Neil Angilley, Canadian Guitar Star Dominic Ashworth, Bass Ace Chris Dodd and unique drum stylist Mike Bradley, augmented by Sonia Slany’s Solid String Quartet .
The all star ‘Dream Band’ line-up have performed with Julian on all his recent albums, and Neil Angilley & Dominic Ashwoth were key members of the powerhouse rhythm section on his ‘Beach Samba ‘ big band album that featured strings from the Royal Philarmonic and virtuoso instrumentalists ;- Steve Sidwell,, Si Gardner, Ian Thomas, Neil Sidwell, Frank Ricotti, Rufus Philpot vocalist Sam Brown . Arrangements were by Neil Sidwell, Ian Hughes & Julian.