Jimmy Imperial: Lets Go With "Let's Go"
An East LA favorite son releases "Let's Go" tribute EP
Xiuy Velo, Contributing Writer
The Gospel according to Jimmy Imperial: "Let's Go, is my return. It's my expression and statement that includes all the events of my life that came and went, both before and after leaving my neighborhood roots. And as I think about it, that includes elements coming and going within myself. It sounds complex but what it really means is coming home; to perch, to shut my eyes, catch my breath, and prepare my soul, to begin again -- like a phoenix's rebirth out of fire -- It's also time to give thanks to the roots and culture that I never forgot, and carried with me always in my travels".
Published on LatinoLA: November 17, 2013
Jimmy Imperial's roots were the hardscrabble streets of East Los Angeles where one could escape and survive the stereotypical street violence by embracing its rich musical culture. For Jimmy, it began early when in his early high school teens (after winning a national competition judged & awarded by 70s recording stars Edgar Winter & White Trash) he was already achieving legendary status amongst a cadre of serious competitors in all fields of music; from blues rock to jazz to alternative/punk.
Indeed, he attended high school with some of the best, famous and notorious musicians to come out of the LA's east side in decades. This included recognition by (and at times playing alongside) groups with extreme styles ranging from Ruben & the Jets (Frank Zappa), to world class & renowned roots rockers Los Lobos, to Thee Midniters to Chicano punks Los Illegals and plenty in between. That school
according to Jimmy was also where the overlying theme was "breaking out without selling out" which he learned well because Imperial never sold out and carried his hard fought musical street credibility out of the 'hood and into the Hollywood Bowl and further, keeping him busily away for years.
Earning a chance and signing on to work for A&M records, the young Imperial worked and toured internationally with the legendary Herb Alpert and Lani Hall. Later, his reputation found him working with contemporary musical greats, John Paticcuci, Poncho Sanchez (Sabor), an up-and-coming Lenny Kravitz, and composer Michael Colombier among others. He has since performed on stages and recorded in studios around the world, appearing on TV shows such as Solid Gold, Soul Train, Melrose Place, MTV etc. and at major media events including the LA Summer Olympics.
"Let's Go" is Jimmy Imperial's return and his gift to the place that has loved their native son indisputably, and his EP's songs reflect those values with unique R&B, Rock and Latin Jazz influences from the opening tracks: "Te Quiero", and "Back It Up, to "Imperial Highway".
When asked about his immediate future, Imperial stated; "I still,want to express my love of community and family by working more at home, but when I realize there is more work to be done and more places to do them in, I just can't stop thinking to myself: "Let's Go".
Available: on I-tunes, Amazon, Google Play, All Major Digital Stores
Artist Contact: (626) 202-9658, (714) 330-5924
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jimmy-Imperial/515361988497706
Xiuy Velo, Contributing Writer:
Xiuy Velo: A contributor to LatinoLA, has worked as an Editor/Producer for the World Entertainment Network, hosted Radio Free Aztlan for Mondomix in Paris, France and has been quoted in Guitar Player, Rolling Stone and Razorcake magazines.