ROCKEY, LEE - Jazz Drummer Extraordinaire

" Side one Recorded at various NYC locations including Lees EXTRAORDINAIRE Apartment 1952-1955 . \r\n Side two Mostly Recorded at the Way Out Club Portland Oregon\r\n May 16 1961\r\n Final EQing and Album Concept by Ju Suk Reet Meate \r\n February 2013\r\n \r\n\r\n One of the most unique and unsung Artists in Portland history, \r\n Lee Rockey was born in Vancouver Wa. 1926 and from 1942 untill \r\n 1965 or so was the most modern and best "Jazz Drummer" in the area.\r\n One of the" Vancouver Whiz Kids" he wore a Zoot Suit with a Reet Pleat\r\n 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\r\n are Homemade Tapes with his friend Pianist and vocalist Ed Beach Jamming \r\n and being silly in there apartment in NYC.\r\n 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\r\n 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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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.
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