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ROCKEY, LEE - Music

"destijl is pleased to present the first archival digs into the wondrous world of lee rockey. \r\nlee 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. \r\nju 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. \r\non 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. \r\nthis is far / away the most modern sounding rec to ever brandish the destijl logo, and youll scratch yr head until the kingdom comes.. - Destijl. \r\n"Portland oregon, art museum, early 1976. in the auditorium, drums /\r\nelectic violin / and cello played thru an echoplex, a 4 channel tape\r\ndeck was playing pre -recorded electronic skronks, flutes, and off\r\nspeed voices, dancers were holding video cameras, connected to a paik\r\nvideo synth that was creating a live video projection. The music was\r\ncrazed, scary and funny and beautiful. of all the live shows Ive\r\nseen, this one stands out.\r\nThe man behind all this was Lee Rockey. 1926 -2002. this was the\r\nsecond (and last) of his full blown personal music / art world\r\nperformances. A few months later I saw lee on drums with Kenneith\r\nRexroth poetry and jazz. after that lee mostly played at home and a\r\nfew low key gigs in town.\r\nLee rockey was a hardswinging jazz drummer who mastered the modern\r\nstyle by 1946 and became known as one of the Vancouver whiz kids. Went\r\nto NYC in 1953, worked and recorded with neil hefty and herbie mann\r\nlater moving back to Portland and playing with the top modern jazz\r\nartists. He was also developing his own music and painting style and\r\nappeared on a few smegma records. this record (his first solo release)\r\nis from 7 inch reel tapes recorded mostly early 1960s, early 1970s\r\nwith lee on home made electronics loops, horns, violin, cello, drums,\r\nbells, and poss dick Knudsen on cello." -Ju Suk Reet Meate / Smegma,\r\nPortland OR 2006.

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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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