Noertker's Moxie
Some Circles (Blue Rider Suite, vol. 1)


Annelise Zamula
tenor saxophone (tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12)
flute (tracks 3, 4, 7, 9, 11)
Bill Noertker
contrabass (all tracks)
wooden Hungarian flute (track 1)
Amber Lamprecht
oboe (tracks 1, 4, 7-9, 11, 12)

Jenny Maybee
piano (tracks 1, 4, 5, 11, 12)
Dave Mihaly
drums (tracks 1, 4, 11, 12)
Jim Peterson
alto saxophone (tracks 2, 5, 6)
John Vaughn
  alto sax (track 10); flute (track 3)
Dax Compise
drums (tracks 3, 10)
Niels Myrner
drums (tracks 2, 6)

Jason Levis
(track 5)


1. Birds
2. Gate of the Abandoned Garden
3. Enchanted Mill
4. Little Joys
5. Some Circles
6. Three Subjects, Polyphony
7. Fruits on Red
8. Lying Bull
9. Improvisation XIX
10. Mandrill
11. Calm Tension
12. In Blue

all music composed and arranged
by Bill Noertker
except tracks 7-9 which are improvisations by Zamula/Lamprecht/Noertker
© 2010 William Noertker, all rights reserved
(Deuh Jauh Music BMI)

Some Circles, the first 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 prismatic playfulness of "Birds" to the rollicking earthiness of "Gate of the Abandoned Garden,"
from the wistful musings of "Little Joys" to the austere beauty of "Three Subjects, Polyphony,"
from the playful drum/bass dialogue of  "Mandrill" to the reflective mysticism of "Calm Tension,"
the musicians of Noertker's Moxie use their rich sonic palette, and their moxie,
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.