During the dark days
of the Covid-19 pandemic, as a way of staying
sane, bassist Bill Noertker began composing
strange and repetitious little ditties. As he
re-read Samuel Beckett’s Watt—a book
whose enigmas had long intrigued him—he saw
the similarities between his compositions and
Beckett’s absurdist novel. He was compelled to
create a sonic universe that paralleled Watt.
The result is in flitters, a
suite of 49 short and whimsical pieces brought
to life by the brilliant members of his
long-standing ensemble Noertker’s Moxie.
I listened to the recording sequentially
from one to forty nine. Compelling. Dry.
Witty. Looping. Lurching. Reaching.
Pithy. Tight. Enigmatic. Childlike.
Euro. Braided. Controlled. Wild.
Beautiful…..what’s the back story of
track 49? Also Noertkeresque. The brain
as an aspect of the natural world.
by F. MacDonald
title: in flitters - 49 bits
Brett Carson, piano
Jordan Glenn, drum
produced for Edgetone Records by Bill
Noertker and Rent Romus
from the liner notes by the composer:
"Samuel Beckett's 1945 novel, Watt, is
a dark and humorous tale of a human
whose insatiable need to know everything
lands them in the asylum. We who worship
the great god of the search engine would
be wise to take note."
also, words used by the composer in the
titles of the pieces:
reviewer's response: haven't played it
yet. Five stars!
review of CD
flitters glitters. A masterpiece
collection of 49 contemporary Jazz
movements, crisp and inventive.
Noertker’s Moxie ensemble delivered in
astonishing precision the “head” (Jazz
parlayence) for 49 original tunes,
dispensing with the usual outbound
meanderings expected in the form. Or
were the Beckett texts the heads and in
flitters the meander? The best thing
about the abomination that is Beckett
ever heard by mortals. See this live,
buy the recording and heap honors on the
masters Bill Noertker
and Annelise Zamula. Brett Carson on
Piano and Eli Knowles on drums and
percussion put this performance over the
edge into samsara.