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Noertker's Moxie
Sketches of Catalonia, Vol.3:
Suite for Gaud
í







Artists

Annelise Zamula
tenor saxophone (tracks 1-4, 6, 9), 
flute (tracks 5, 7, 8, 9)
Bill Noertker
contrabass
Jim Peterson
alto saxophone (tracks 3, 5, 8),
flute (track 7)
Jason Levis
drums (tracks 1, 2, 6, 9)
Jenny Maybee
piano (tracks 2, 6, 9)
Dave Mihaly
drums, slide whistle,
camel bell, percussion (tracks 4, 5, 8)
Hugh Schick
trumpet (tracks 1, 6)
Niels Myrner
 drums (tracks 3, 7)




Tunes

1) Feathers in a Cap    
2) Mudéjar Nights    
3) Toadstool Mosaic    
4) La Pedrera    
5) Bellesguard    
6) Elephants and Dinosaurs    
7) Parable    
8) El Cant dels Ocells    
9) Park Güell    

all music composed and arranged
by Bill Noertker
©2009
(Deuh Jauh Music BMI)
except track 8,
which is a traditional Catalan folksong


The third installment in Noertker's epic Sketches of Catalonia, Suite for Gaudí takes us on a sonic tour of the strange and wondrous world of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. From the jaunty "Feathers in a Cap," to the wistful and austere "La Pedrera," from the hallucinatory soundscapes of  "Toadstool Mosaic," to the ethereal mysticism of "Parable," Noertker's Moxie constructs a surreal aural portrait of this genius of Catalan architecture.

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 reviews

from the e-zine
Aiding & Abetting

review by Jon Worley

Bill Noertker's Catalan series is easily the most accessible stuff ever put out by Edgetone. But that's okay. It's awfully, awfully good, too.

These songs were recorded live between 2001 and 2008, but they fit together quite well. Bill Noertker is a fine writer, and his many associates have a solid feel for the work. The album flows by seamlessly, despite the many years of recording.

Just as remarkable is the consistency of said recordings. Yes, they were all done at the same venue, but the recording and mastering are impressive. There are slight differences, but not enough to distract.

Noertker plays the contrabass, but he's got a fine sense of melody. When these pieces get cooking, they really start to soar. I'm impressed by the beauty and inventiveness here. As I've been before. The three-disc Catalan suite (of which this is the third) is one solid set.