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Artist: ROCKEY, LEE
Title: Music
Format: LP
Label: Destijl
Country: USA
Price: $16.50
"destijl is pleased to present the first archival digs into the wondrous world of lee rockey. lee was a hardswinging jazzbo who had mastered the modern style by 46, and became known as one of the vancouver whiz kids. he went to the city in 53, jammed with neil hefti, and appeared on the first few herbie mann recs ( plays bethlehem BCP-58, east coast jazz / 4 bethlehem BCP-1018). upon his left coast return, he began developing his own sound / style, with an intent of transcending traditional musical forms / expectations. ju suk reet meate caught one of his performances in early 76, and lee became a figure of big inspiration. hed eventually invite lee to play on a few early smegma recs. aside from a few record booth lathes cut in the 40s / 50s, this is his first solo release. on first spin there are a few brief moments when the sounds of toshi ichiyanagi come to mind, but these sounds inhabit a universe that is entirely that of lee rockey. tho the pieces contained on this rec were recorded from the yrs 59 to 73, they own a keen third eye prescience that portends the likes of c spencer yeh and axolotl. this is far / away the most modern sounding rec to ever brandish the destijl logo, and youll scratch yr head until the kingdom comes.." - Destijl. "Portland oregon, art museum, early 1976. in the auditorium, drums / electic violin / and cello played thru an echoplex, a 4 channel tape deck was playing pre -recorded electronic skronks, flutes, and off speed voices, dancers were holding video cameras, connected to a paik video synth that was creating a live video projection. The music was crazed, scary and funny and beautiful. of all the live shows Ive seen, this one stands out. The man behind all this was Lee Rockey. 1926 -2002. this was the second (and last) of his full blown personal music / art world performances. A few months later I saw lee on drums with Kenneith Rexroth poetry and jazz. after that lee mostly played at home and a few low key gigs in town. Lee rockey was a hardswinging jazz drummer who mastered the modern style by 1946 and became known as one of the Vancouver whiz kids. Went to NYC in 1953, worked and recorded with neil hefty and herbie mann later moving back to Portland and playing with the top modern jazz artists. He was also developing his own music and painting style and appeared on a few smegma records. this record (his first solo release) is from 7 inch reel tapes recorded mostly early 1960s, early 1970s with lee on home made electronics loops, horns, violin, cello, drums, bells, and poss dick Knudsen on cello." -Ju Suk Reet Meate / Smegma, Portland OR 2006.

Artist: ROCKEY, LEE
Title: Brass Ring
Format: Cass
Label: Pigface
Country: USA
Price: $7.00
"Recorded , Edited, Mixed and Played in Portland Oregon in the late 1970s By Lee Rockey. Final Editing for this Album by Ju Suk Reet Meate at Smegmas Studio January 2013. Lee Rockey gave up being the best jazz drummer in Portland sometime in the Late 1960s and started playing a modified flat bridge Violin, Cello , Oscillators and free Drumming using a Teac 2340 4 channel tape deck as soon as they were available to layer tracks . Brass Ring is one of the very rare finished, named compositions that was originally a Cassette dub that I managed to borrow and copy." - Pigface.
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Artist: ROCKEY, LEE
Title: Jazz Drummer Extraordinaire
Format: Cass
Label: Pigface
Country: USA
Price: $7.00
" Side one Recorded at various NYC locations including Lees EXTRAORDINAIRE Apartment 1952-1955 . Side two Mostly Recorded at the Way Out Club Portland Oregon May 16 1961 Final EQing and Album Concept by Ju Suk Reet Meate February 2013 One of the most unique and unsung Artists in Portland history, Lee Rockey was born in Vancouver Wa. 1926 and from 1942 untill 1965 or so was the most modern and best "Jazz Drummer" in the area. One of the" Vancouver Whiz Kids" he wore a Zoot Suit with a Reet Pleat and still spoke "Jive" when I met him in 1976. After playing all types of Gigs in Portland including sitting in for touring R&B acts such as The Treniers, he Moved to NYC in 1952 ,and was hired by Neil Hefty (who had just revitalized Count Basies Career with his great arrangements and written his last big hit Little Darlin ) for his first big band. Later he was in the studio for Herbie Manns debut 10" in 1955. Also on this album are Homemade Tapes with his friend Pianist and vocalist Ed Beach Jamming and being silly in there apartment in NYC. Moving back to Portland Lee was the go-to Drummer for the most ambitious Jazz Musicians including Jim Smiths "The Way Out Band" 1961-63 featuring amazing arrangements by Bill and Ernie Hood and others. WARNING: This Album contains Serious High Class music originally intended for Adults of the Mid 20th Century." - Pigface.
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Artist: ROCKEY, LEE
Title: Tarzans Morning After
Format: Cass
Label: Pigface
Country: USA
Price: $7.00
"Amazing Inner-Mind, Solo Jamming from early or late 1960s With Lee Rockey on Tube Echoplex, Vocals, Cello, Bells, Homemade Horns, Toy Piano, Zither, and more. All recording and mixing by Lee Rockey at Home, in Portland Oregon. No overdubs Final editing, EQing and album concept, by Ju Suk Reet Meate at Smegmas Studio, Portland Oregon 2014." -Pigface.

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