Miles Davis, Clark Terry and Lester Bowie, Baikida Carroll
is a cutting edge St. Louis trumpet player. Carroll is a brilliant,
demanding and innovative composer and soloist, with a big,
commanding sound, tone and attack. Always in demand, Carroll
is revered by his peers and has my total admiration and respect"
_ Quincy Troupe Author of Miles and Me, co-author of Miles:
The Autobiography (2002)
"Colorful, loose and imaginative are
meek understatements when describing the sumptuous music on
Marionettes on a High Wire."
-John Murph, Down Beat [ full
a beautiful kind of daring in the music -- a rough tenderness
in Carroll's trumpet tone, a palpable spiritual commitment
from all the players involved. Carroll and his group unleash
a highly adventurous sound...a freshness and multi-dimensionality
that is truly rare."
-David Adler, All Music Guide [ full
Carroll, whose balance of bravada and tenderness, facility
and understatement mark him as a player to be reckoned with."
-Jon Pareles, The New York Times
"Baikida is a Bad Motha...! A true disciple of the maintenance
and extension of the trumpet tradition."
Journalists Association Top 10 of 2001
-Williard Jenkins (JJA) [ full
On a High Wire] Phenomenal in both conception & execution...one
of the trumpet's most brilliant improvising players ... one
of jazz's most rewarding composers ... leads a superb quintet
whose music is exciting, subtle, melodious & adventurous."
-Lucky Oceans, "The Planet," Australian Broadcasting Corporation
rendered shifts in meter and memorable melodies, awash with
blistering yet finely articulated soloing by the leader...Carroll's
latest release equates to one beautifully fabricated production,
that imparts a lasting impression. Now, we can only hope that
Baikida Carroll sustains fewer gaps between recordings! Recommended!!"
-Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz [
"I consider the opportunity to bear witness to the eloquent
beauty of Baikida's music a distinct honor. Baikida Carroll
is polarized; poised; at a matchless point between lyricism
-Julius Hemphill, Composer/Musician [
"Carroll is equally comfortable "inside" as "outside"...is
no stylistic chameleon, and always maintains a strong identity
of his own... Finely crafted and brimming over with verve
and unselfconscious originality, this new release is a delight
from start to finish, and a welcome spotlighting of a too-often
-Steve Holtje, CD Now [ full
"Marionettes on a High Wire is in that rare class for me where
words like superb, and exquisite get used....tough, swinging,
angry, loving, thoughtful and expressive cutting-edge jazz.
Don't miss this one."
Feeney, Face Magazine