When Roy and I decided to start a project together in 2000 his only stipulation was that it not be another reshuffling of people he was already associated with in other projects.
After some consideration I suggested Mark Whitecage and Joe Fonda. Roy accepted both suggestions immediately. He had great respect for them both and remembered playing with Mark once, many years before. Fourteen years later, after six highly acclaimed recordings and as many European tours, we had our final tour together in 2014.
This LP is from the final concert of the final tour with Roy, and what a night it was!
In the spirit of full disclosure, we did play one more concert together in a public garden in New York City on September 29, 2013. It was his 61st birthday, and sadly, his last.
It was an honor to celebrate it with him through our music. He was a great musician and a true friend who will be loved and missed eternally.
Rest In Peace Dear Brother. Lou Grassi (July 18, 2016)
LIKE A SPRING DAY
IN THE WHITECAGE
LAMENT FOR BILLY BANG
Recorded on 17th March, 2012 at Jazz im Sägewerk, Bad Hofgastein, Austria by Helfried Hassfurther
“Like a Spring day” by Mark Whitecage (BMI), “In the Whitecage” by Joe Fonda (GEMA), “Lament for Billy Bang” by Roy Campbell Jr. (Camroy Music, ASCAP) and “Free Piece” by
Campbell, Whitecage, Fonda and Grassi (Elgee Publishing, ASCAP)
Mixed and mastered by Arūnas Zujus at MAMAstudios
Design by Oskaras Anosovas
Cover photos by Josef Maier
Produced by Danas Mikailionis
Co-producer - Valerij Anosov
Special thanks to Sepp Grabmaier