Noertker's Moxie
Little Bluedevil (Blue Rider Suite, vol. 2)


Annelise Zamula
tenor saxophone (tracks 1-4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13)
flute (tracks 4, 5, 7, 9, 12)
Bill Noertker
contrabass (all tracks)
Amber Lamprecht
oboe (tracks 3, 5-8, 13)
flute (track 12)
John Vaughn
baritone sax (track 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 13)
flute (tracks 4, 12)
Jim Peterson
alto saxophone (tracks 1, 4, 10)
flute (track 4)

Jenny Maybee

piano (tracks 2, 9, 11)
Dax Compise
drums (track 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 12, 13)
Jason Levis
(track 2, 5-7, 9, 11)


1. White Line
2. Tightrope Walker
3. Chinese Poetry
4. Dominant Curve
5. Cats on a Red Cloth
6. Kleine Komposition I
7. Kleine Komposition II
8. Dream Improvisation
9. Diana
10. Broken Forms
11. Little Bluedevil
12. Gazelles
13. Tower of Blue Horses

all music composed and arranged
by Bill Noertker
except track 8 which is an improvisation by Zamula/Lamprecht/Vaughn/Noertker/Compise
© 2012 William Noertker, all rights reserved
(Deuh Jauh Music BMI)

Little Bluedevil, the second suite in bassist/composer Bill Noertker's Blue Rider series,
takes us on a musical journey into abstraction, reflection, and enchantment.
The Blue Rider group of painters (Kandinsky, Marc, Klee) is Noertker's inspiration here.
From the trance-inducing sax swirls of "White Line" to the robust sax/piano swing of "Tightrope Walker,"
from the angular and chromatic tonal diffusion of "Chinese Poetry"
to the delicate flute/oboe lattice work of "Cats on a Red Cloth,"
from the soaring flute trio of "Gazelles" to the stately bass/oboe duet of "Tower of Blue Horses,"
the musicians of Noertker's Moxie use their rich sonic palette
to create a diverse and vibrant array of aural paintings.

In the last decade, Bill Noertker has composed over 175 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.