Paolo "Apollo" Negri
1997: his long standing collaboration begins with The Link Quartet, a sixties lounge/acid jazz ensemble. Beginning with two 45s and the first album "Episode 1" (2001) for Spanish label Animal Records, The Link Quartet sign to Hammondbeat Records to release "Beat.It" (2002), "Italian Playboys" (2004), "Evolution" (2006), and "Long Live The Link" (2007) - as well as several bootleg/fanclub cds along the way, and a new 2008 release in production. On "Italian Playboys", the band worked with Dj Ninfa, Doug Roberson and Eddie Roberts from The New Mastersounds. The Link Quartet are also involved in several compilations and works with some of the most important labels from Europe and USA (such as Sony, Acid Jazz, Saifam). With this band Paolo performed all over Europe and the USA, meeting on the stage musicians like Manu Chao, Brian Auger, The Yardbirds, James Taylor Quartet, Bonniwell Music Machine, The Chocolate Watchband, Big Boss Man, The Men from S.P.E.C.T.R.E., Diplomats of Solid Sound, Downliners Sect, Montefiori Cocktail, Boogaloo Investigators and many more.
2000: joins the Wicked Minds, a hard-progressive band with whom he recorded 3 albums (and counting), the first for W-Records (Italy) and now signed to Black Widow Records (Italy). "Witchflower" included a live DVD, receiving the ovation from a great number of specialized magazines all over the world. Wicked Minds perfom across Europe, and have shared the stage with Delirium, Areknames, Osanna, Mr.Man, Colour Haze, Siena Root, Birth Control and many others and appearing, among the others, at Burg Herzberg Festival (2006) in Germany with Soft Machine, UFO, Wishbone Ash, Hatfield & The North and Greg Lake.
2001: plays on the main stage of Arezzo Wave with John Belpaese, opening for Max Gazzè. Paolo records the Ray Daytona and Googoobombos album "Fasten Seat Belt (2002) for Ammonia Records (with the incredible cover done by Winston Smith). The album is followed by an intense live tour in 2003. In the same period he collaborates with Titty Twisters Orchestra recording an album for Gonna Puke Records (Italy) and playing at the Wild Weekend in Spain.
2005: records an album for Misty Lane (Italy) and single for Crusher Records (Italy) with Mastica, a psychedelic prog band considered one of the best bands in the sixties circuit and, after many gigs all over Europe including preformances at the Magic Festival in Spain, the Beat Bespoke in London, and a tour in Finland and Sweden. A new album for Sound and Vision (Italy) was recently completed.
2006: a new collaboration with the new born UP-ALL-LOW records, a small Italian label devoted to experimental sounds, the first recording "The day the time machine got broken" was a studio live performance in duo with Lucio Calegari (guitar) of Wicked Minds and only available via the internet. This same year he starts a collaboration with Dj Henry Lazzeri, well known in the mod scene, creating Party Hard, an explosive duo devoted to Hammond Groove and Soulful House, and records his first solo project "Applecore" EP, a loving instrumental tribute to 60 soul-jazz underlining his unique style and skillness in the use of the Hammond organ.
Considered one of the finest Hammond player in the world, he also collaborates as graphic designer with W-Records, Teen Sound Records, Black Widow Records and Hammondbeat under the nickname of Apollo's Garden of Earthly Delights. In studio he has collaborated with: The Rookies, Je ne taime plus, David Stockdale, No Limits, Sim, Anatre Supreme, Kims Teddy Bears, Dj Gianluca Pighi, Paisley Windowpaine, John Belpaese, J.C. Cinel, Dark Horizon, Vendetta and many others.
2007: During the production of "Applecore" EP, an idea for an allstar album began to take shape. "A Bigger Tomorrow" is a 15 track album of epic proportions. If features guest appearances on every song from Hammondbeat bands Leslie Overdrive, Nick Rossi Set, Phat Fred, and The Link Quartet, as well as from other top funk and groove bands such as The New Mastersounds, Stoned Soul Picnic, Big Boss Man, Speaklow, Diplomats of Solid Sound, Montefiori Cocktail, Gene Drayton Unit, The Five Aces, and many more. Paolo also performs live and in the studio with Phat Fred and Leslie Overdrive, and after a year off, The Link Quartet will hit the road in the summer of 2007 previewing their new material for a 2008 album. Paolo will play live throughout Europe, USA, and Japan.
Joined Band (Fred Leslie's Missing Link): 2008
Paolo "Apollo" Negri Discografia Tracks
- 1 Vocals
- 56 Instruments & Performance
- 12 Writing & Arrangement
- 1 Featuring & Presenting
- 4 Production
- 3 Technical
- 1 Visual