Reviews that mention Jon Arkin

June 8, 2022

Noertker’s Moxie

Walking on Blue Eggshells in Billville
Edgetone EDT 4220

Noertker’s Moxie

More Fun in Billville

Edgetone EDT 4221

Noertker’s Moxie

Pantomime in Billville

Edgetone EDT 4222

Over the last six decades or so people have sometime asked what happened to the breezy West Coast Jazz following its heyday between 1950-1960? The answer seems to be that it was reborn in the Bay Area, during the 21st Century with the ever-shifting personnel of bassist Bill Noertker’s Moxie combos. Celebrating the group’s 20th anniversary, the bassist has released this trilogy of 25 accomplished tunes all composed by Noertker and recorded during that time period. Except for the single bass clarinet, some brass and frequent flute tracks, the tunes stay away from expected reeds-and-rhythm-section evolution. But the mature arrangements and sense of airy humor demonstrates in them that the bassist and the groups have internalized not only the advances of the Cool School but also those of subsequent sound explorers. MORE

June 8, 2022

Noertker’s Moxie

Pantomime in Billville
Edgetone EDT 4222

Noertker’s Moxie

Walking on Blue Eggshells in Billville

Edgetone EDT 4220

Noertker’s Moxie

More Fun in Billville

Edgetone EDT 4221

Over the last six decades or so people have sometime asked what happened to the breezy West Coast Jazz following its heyday between 1950-1960? The answer seems to be that it was reborn in the Bay Area, during the 21st Century with the ever-shifting personnel of bassist Bill Noertker’s Moxie combos. Celebrating the group’s 20th anniversary, the bassist has released this trilogy of 25 accomplished tunes all composed by Noertker and recorded during that time period. Except for the single bass clarinet, some brass and frequent flute tracks, the tunes stay away from expected reeds-and-rhythm-section evolution. But the mature arrangements and sense of airy humor demonstrates in them that the bassist and the groups have internalized not only the advances of the Cool School but also those of subsequent sound explorers. MORE