The Nu Band - The Final Concert

Featuring: Roy Campbell | Joe Fonda | Lou Grassi | Mark Whitecage

Musicians on the recording

Roy Campbell – trumpet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, flute
Mark Whitecage – alto saxophone, clarinet
Joe Fonda – bass
Lou Grassi – drums and percussion

Recording track list

SIDE A
1. LIKE A SPRING DAY
2. IN THE WHITECAGE

SIDE B
1. LAMENT FOR BILLY BANG
2. FREE PIECE

NoBusiness Records NBLP 99
Release year - 2016
Edition of 300 copies

Credits and release info

  • 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

Reviews and articles

 

Stef Gijssels - Free Jazz Blog

The Nu Band, reviewed and praised often before on this blog, and a band consisting of the late Roy Campbell on trumpet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet and flute, Mark Whitecage on alto and clarinet, Joe Fonda on bass, and Lou Grassi on drums. "The Final Concert" is the last performance of the band with Roy Campbell, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 61. As on their other albums, the band starts with pre-written themes, one composed by Whitecage, one by Fonda, one by Campbell, and the fourth track is a collective improvisation. The themes act as springboards for lengthy improvisations, but with a clear and maintained focus on the theme's ingredients. The quartet swings and dances, and to hear Campbell's soulful and bluesy tones makes it all even more sad, despite the music's inherent joyfulness. The great thing about The Nu Band is that it's a band of equals making great fun and great music. They give each other space, they encourage, they interact in a playful and respectful way, attentive and creative at the same time. They have nothing to prove. No aesthetic or egos to defend. No statements to be made other than enjoy themselves and the audience. The whole album is a great tribute to Campbell.

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