Noertker's Moxie
druidh lacunae


Annelise Zamula
tenor saxophone (tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 8)
flute (tracks 2, 4, 6, 9)
Bill Noertker
contrabass (all tracks)
Jenny Maybee
piano (tracks 2-5, 7-9)
Jason Levis
(tracks 2-5, 7-9)
Jim Peterson
alto saxophone (tracks 1, 3)
flute (track 6)
Dave Mihaly
drums (tracks 1, 6)
Rob Ewing
  trombone (track 4)
David Beck
baritone saxophone  (track 9)


1) Kamilopárdali    
2) Athenian Birds    
3) L'Éléphant Blanc    
4) Desert Canto    
5) Whirligig    
6) What the Water Gave Me    
7) Nino    
8) XP    
9) Virágé   

all music composed and arranged
by Bill Noertker
© 2009
(Deuh Jauh Music BMI)

Bill Noertker, the druidh, paints musical portraits of the natural and supernatural world — the mysterious beauty of the giraffe; the funky gait of the white elephant; the fantastic denizens of Frida Kahlo's bath; a flower blooming in the snow in the High Tatras; the proud yet clumsy birds of Athens; the tragedy of the Nevada desert. These portraits have intentional lacunae, blank spaces or missing parts, that are filled by the impressionistic and expressionistic musings of the inspired musicians of Noertker's Moxie.

In the last decade, Bill Noertker has composed over 150 original pieces of music for jazz ensemble. His compositions point to the continuity between the jazz tradition and the avant-garde. His use of group improvisation and his attention to the individual voices of each of his bandmates call forth the human element so sorely missing from much of today’s jazz.

 CD review


review by
Glenn Astarita

According to the press release, contrabassist Bill Noertker “paints musical portraits of the natural and supernatural world.”  Essentially, this notion comes to fruition in vivid fashion during this many-sided program.  With an alternating ensemble, Noertker delves into avant abstractions, progressive jazz and mainstream, occasionally topped off with ominous underpinnings and cyclical rhythms. 

Tenor saxophonist/flutist Annelise Zamula and alto saxophonist/flutist Jim Peterson generate a great deal of excitement, complete with ascending dialogues, linear storylines and breezy choruses.  And pianist Jenny Maybee acts as the equalizer on various movements via lush voicings, fluid chords clusters and moments where she integrates a semi-classical tone into select passages.

Noertker’s compositions contain many angles and flavors to complement the mood-evoking overtones.  The piece titled “L’Elephant Blanc,” is devised on circular themes and an amenable harmonic gait amid a slight edge, and nicely softened by Maybee’s melodic block chords.  But the musicians venture into freer territory on “What The Water Gave Me,” sparked by Peterson and Zamula’s feisty flute exchanges atop an evolving and multilayered song-form. 

Noertker resides as a prominent bandleader while steering the flow, and helps finalize the set on a lighthearted and somewhat melancholic note with the warm and Middle Eastern-tinged, “Virage.” In sum, a divergent track mix sets the stage for a curiously interesting endeavor, highlighted by subtle surprises and multihued frameworks.