"OTOROKU present the first vinyl reissue of Blue Notes for Johnny, a defining statement by one of the greatest ensembles in the history of jazz. Recorded in mid-1987 by Blue Notes -- then reduced to the trio of Dudu Pukwana on alto sax, Louis Moholo-Moholo on drums, and Chris McGregor on piano -- it encounters the band 25 years after their founding embarking on an inward meditation through collective music making dedicated to Johnny Dyani, their former bandmate and friend. Blue Notes were founded in Cape Town in 1962, and stand among the most important ensembles in the history of jazz. Artistically brilliant and groundbreaking, they were also the first widely visible multiracial band in South Africa. As a mixed-race band under apartheid, this group of friends and like-minded artists -- Chris McGregor, Mongezi Feza, Dudu Pukwana, Nikele Moyake, Johnny Dyani, and Louis Moholo-Moholo -- existed within a context that viewed their mere existence as a dangerous and subversive act. Following the untimely passing of Johnny Dyani in late 1986, the last three members of the original line-up -- McGregor, Pukwana and Moholo-Moholo -- reformed to pay tribute to yet another of their fallen brothers. Blue Notes for Johnny, the group's second musical memorial to a band member, incorporates a considerably broader range of touchstone and practices than its predecessor, nodding toward the band's foundations in be-bop and post-bop without abandoning where they had journeyed along the way. Internalizing equal elements of hard-bop, modalism, and free improvisation, it is a startling creative statement, imbued with a tension that renders an equally radical and sophisticated challenge; a furious tide -- slow in pace and it slow to reveal itself -- masquerading in gentler forms. Both Dudu Pukwana and Chris McGregor would pass away three years later in 1990, leaving Moholo-Moholo -- who continues to carve a groundbreaking trajectory across the world of jazz -- as the last surviving member. Transferred from the original masters and featuring an exact reproduction of the original artwork. Remastered by Giuseppe Ilelasi." - Otoroku .
After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.
This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).
Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.
Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.
Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).
So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.