of Catalonia, Vol.3:
Suite for Gaudí
tenor saxophone (tracks 1-4, 6, 9),
flute (tracks 5, 7, 8, 9)
alto saxophone (tracks 3, 5, 8),
flute (track 7)
drums (tracks 1, 2, 6, 9)
piano (tracks 2, 6, 9)
drums, slide whistle,
camel bell, percussion (tracks 4, 5, 8)
trumpet (tracks 1, 6)
drums (tracks 3, 7)
1) Feathers in a Cap
2) Mudéjar Nights
3) Toadstool Mosaic
4) La Pedrera
6) Elephants and Dinosaurs
8) El Cant dels Ocells
9) Park Güell
all music composed
by Bill Noertker
(Deuh Jauh Music BMI)
except track 8,
which is a traditional Catalan folksong
| The third installment in Noertker's epic Sketches of
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
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.