Paoloist | one who proscribes to the distinct audio styling of Paolo Apollo Negri: an intoxicating style of “pop fusion” putting the jazz/rock dynamic into accessible form, simultaneously challenging and groovy, that’ll earn you IQ points or let you simply chill as your life’s moment requires. “Hello World” is an inspired adventurous ring in the substantial Apollo orbit that has pulled to it fellow travelers: soulster Noel McKoy (James Taylor Quartet) and paranoiac Bob Harris (Frank Zappa Band).
The 24 "books" of the ILIAD were assigned to 12 pianists. Each artist participating to the project had chosen two "books" and composed music inspired by them. The result is, a wonderful concept album, full of brilliant ideas, inspiration and piano virtuosity…
After three mind-blowing funk-tastic rock albums and two US tours, The Link Quartet took a break which led organist extraordinaire Paolo 'Apollo' Negri toward two solo albums. They all agreed that The Link Quartet would rise again when the time was right, and that time is now! 4 is the culmination of everything Paolo and Hammondbeat have produced in the last few years, from vintage soul to their own unique brand of funk-jazz-rock, but squeezed into the raw, hyperactive, live-band genius of The Link Quartet. This is modern power-pop combined with R&B rock sensibility that separates 'written songs' from 'incomprehensible noise'. French soul lyrics, hard-rock guitar energy, jazz drummer work ethic, body rumbling bass, and blistering organ riffs all come together into a socially conscious 'power to the working man' party.
An astonishing record of James and the Flames tearing the roof off the sucker at the mecca of R&B theatres, New York's Apollo. When King Records owner Syd Nathan refused to fund the recording, thinking it commercial folly, Brown single-mindedly proceeded anyway, paying for it out of his own pocket. He had been out on the road night after night for a while, and he knew that the magic that was part and parcel of a James Brown show was something no record had ever caught. Hit follows hit without a pause – "I'll Go Crazy," "Try Me," "Think," "Please Please Please," "I Don't Mind," "Night Train," and more. The affirmative screams and cries of the audience are something you've never experienced unless you've seen the Brown Revue in a Black theater. If you have, I need not say more; if you haven't, suffice to say that this should be one of the very first records you ever own.