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).
Songs are a bit shorter than on 1st press, they fade off quicker. Volume is a bit lower and bass are a bit louder. This repress sounds very nice.
APOLLO: The ancient Greek and Roman God of music and poetry. SONS OF APOLLO: The new supergroup featuring members of Dream Theater, Mr. Big, Guns ‘N Roses, and Journey. In early 2017, rumors began circulating about a new secret project including former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian. Finally, on August 1st, the duo revealed the details to the rest of the world, introducing their new band, SONS OF APOLLO.
There are both good and bad points to this CD. Of the latter, the Phillip Morris "Super Band" is confined to background work with - other than a few spots for Plas Johnson's tenor - no soloists being heard from. As an ensemble, the all-star orchestra performs well, but is essentially anonymous. Also, despite the backing, B.B. King does not attempt to play jazz, a wasted opportunity. But, switching to the good points, Live at the Apollo is an excellent example of a strong B.B. King live performance. Somehow he always makes his combination of blues and familiar hits sound fresh. With a liberal amount of space set aside for his guitar solos, B.B. is in top form throughout the well-paced set, which is far superior to most of his overproduced studio sessions for MCA…