“A Bigger Tomorrow” is a compilation of methods, themes, and styles that approach from every direction yet collide and fuse at the core into a unified masterpiece. Tapping directly into the worldwide Hammond community, Paolo invited over 20 guests to the table, all accepted, underscoring the collaborative instinct and adding a rich and varied texture of vocals, guitar and percussion to an already established Hammond B3 maestro.
“A Bigger Tomorrow” features a powerful international cast of the best that jazz, funk, soul, groove, lounge, and beat have to offer: featuring members from New Mastersounds, Diplomats of Solid Sound, Montefiori Cocktail, Phat Fred, Cucumber, Speaklow, Nick Rossi Set and many more.
“A Bigger Tomorrow” was born from an organ trio project that was to pay a simple homage to those that inspired Apollo to pursue a career as a musician: Charles Earland, Jack McDuff and Horace Silver among them. The “Applecore” session was scheduled for a late 2006 debut but Apollo does not sit quietly, and soon began reinterpreting those songs and adding new ones to the lineup.
This new Deluxe Edition of the album, along with a new digital master, features 6 bonus tracks never released before on digital download, taken from the original bonus disc "Building A Bigger Tomorrow", printed in a limited run of 1000 copies back in 2007.
01 - Applecore
02 - Big City
03 - Can’t Get Satisfied
04 - Let The Sun Catch You Sleepin’
05 - Mr & Mrs Thunderbird
06 - 3 In A Bed
07 - Closer
08 - A Slice of Funk!
09 - Miss Cherry
10 - Point of Intersection
11 - Under The Rain, Waiting For You
12 - Orange Peel
13 - Old Grand Dad
14 - Song For My Father
15 - Filtersweeping, Mommy is Weeping
16 - In The Haze
17 - Talking With Myself
18 - Orange Peel (Alternate Extended Version)
19 - Hope So!
20 - Closer (Instrumental Version)
21 - Preacher In The Well
Paolo Apollo Negri - Hammond organ and keyboards
“Dynamite” Mads Nielson - guitar on #8
Dave Wilkinson - guitar on #2
David Indio - congas on #14
Doug Roberson - guitar on #5
Duncan Kennedy - guitar on #3
Eddie Roberts - guitar on #13
Enri - Clavinet on #10
Gerry Germann - guitar on #6
Giulio “Link” Cardini - guitar on #20
Justin Dodsworth - Clavinet on #12 and #18
Kikko Montefiori - tenor sax on #14
Lucio Calegari - guitar on #1 and #14
Marco Tansini - guitar on #9
Mark Claydon - congas and bongo on #8
Massimo Paparella - Hammond on #15
Nasser Bouzida - congas on #15
Richard W. Rinn - vocals on #3
Ryan Richardson - spoken words on #8
Saule Richardson - spoken words on #8
Andrea “Gas” Gastaldon - tenor sax on #1
Cyril Jean - flute on #10
Simone Modicamore - guitar on #4
Steve Burke - guitar on #11
Teresa Reeves-Gilmer - vocals on #7
Tony “Face” Bacciocchi - drums on #6, congas on #12 and #18
Nicola Bernardoni - drums on #1, #2, #4, #5, #9, #11, #13, #14, #15, #17
Vittorio Solinas - drums on #3, #6, #7, #8, #10, #12, #16, #18, #20
Doctor D: guitar on #17
Dave Masoch: sampling and programming on #19
Gianluca Pighi: sampling and programming on #21
Paolo Codognola: guitar on #21
All songs written by Paolo Negri except #2 by Marvin Jenkins, #3 Jack McDuff, #6 and #21 by Paolo Negri and Gianluca Pighi, #12 and #18 by Reuben Wilson, #13 by McGriff/Schwartz, #14 by Horace Silver
Recorded and mixed at Tonewheel Cavern in 2007. Technical supervision by Alberto Callegari, Gianluca Pighi, Marco Tansini and Marco Gandolfi. Mastered on analog tapes at Elfo Recording Studio by Alberto Callegari.
Original artwork by Cyril Jean "Pooley".