new album ... Carroll sketches out beautifully lyric themes
with sensitive arrangements..."
-Peter Margasak, Jazz Times [ full
on a High Wire] has the verve, the vision and the vitality
of the best of mid-sixties and contemporary jazz."
-Jules Epstein, Philadelphia Tribune
Carroll can write any kind of music for the theatre, in any
genre, any style, any instrumentation and its power is breath-taking.
He is, very simply, the most inventive and emotionally powerful
composer for the stage I have ever encountered".
- Emily Mann, writer and director McCarter
Theatre, Artistic Director [
Heaven and Earth: The sense of grace that comes with real
balance and a sense of direction are what undergird this disc's
authority and elevate its creative leaps."
Blumenfeld, Jazziz [ full
"A multifaceted gem. Carroll plays the trumpet like no one
I know of. He's got chops to burn, which are fabulously on
display whenever he solos, but what really strikes me as unique
is his tone, which is dark and buttery-slippery, yet somehow
perfectly articulated. He gets more warmth from his horn than
any trumpeter I've ever heard, yet he's incredible nimble
and has perfect timing and pitch. This kind of modern eclectic
jazz--hip, worldly wise, yet with an underlying warmth and
accessibility--is what many artists strive for but few achieve.
In sum, this is one marvelous disc, certainly one of the absolute
best of 2001.
-Jon P. Dennis, Amazon.com [ full
"'Simply breathtaking! A real trust in creative freedom is
at the core of Carroll's work..."
-Bret Premack -Global
Music Network 2001 [
"...Remarkable often astonishing. His playing is full of poetry.
His tones are beautiful..."
-Jazz Hot Magazine, Paris, France
is an exceptional musician and composer, we have been friends
for many moons...his music is always unique and soulful."
-Oliver Lake, Musician/Composer
-The Village Voice
"[Carroll's] probing trumpet, with a full, rounded attack
and soulful passion is at the core throughout. His lines have
a piercing precision, able to transform the singing melodies
into soaring abstractions while always retaining the harmonic
threadÉa personal approach to improvising that is rich with
an understated, complex lyricism. Carroll's writing displays
an adventurous melodicism and edgy sense of timing that lets
the musicians stretch out with soaring freedom while still
maintaining a flowing pulse that swings like mad."
-Michael Rosenstein, Signal to Noise [
New Jazz Releases
-Jez Nelson, BBC
-Hernani Faustino, JazzPortugal.net
"Baikida Carroll pulls the right strings. This 'freebop' session
is fresh sounding without being forced....Carroll's album
provides a valuable lesson to those who think that jazz's
future is in its past, be it neo-traditionalists or those
reliving the early 70's loft scene. The rich history of the
music is to be neither imitated nor ignored, but absorbed
to help create a personal statement. Carroll and his band
mates walk the tightrope between tradition and experimentation
with perfect balance."
-Dan Polletta, Public Arts Interactive [
"Marionettes On A High Wire is a comprehensive, deeply moving
evocation of creative values. For all the bravura complexity
and calculated ambiguity of Carroll's lines, there's a suede
elegance to his tone."
-Chip Stern, Stereophile [ full
"Baikida Carroll is not only a very fine musician; but a very
accomplished person in general."
-Muhal Richard Abrams, Composer/Musician
"If the neo-cons hadn't started to force it backwards 20 years
ago, this CD demonstrates where thoughtful mainstream jazz
was headed at that time, and what most contemporary mainstream
jazz should sound like right now."
-Ken Waxman, Jazz Weekly [
"[Marionettes On A High Wire] Like a drive on a windy mountain
road, however, the new vistas peering out on each turn are
quite unexpected and beautiful. Take a spin for yourself".
-Jack Skowron, Audiophile Voice [ full
"[Marionettes On A High Wire] Quite the perfect release -
Omnitone once again delivers manna from the heavens."
-Downtown Music Gallery (NY)
Carroll has been one of the more impressive trumpeters in
the new jazz for several years now... boast a big sound and
firm control in all registers."
-Robert Palmer, The New York Times [
"Carroll is a superb trumpeter - avant-garde in the finest
sense; building upon a tradition... and extending it into
-Thomas Albright, The San Francisco Chronicle
"I am deeply moved by his compositions... Carroll's work is
innovative, fresh and has a magic that takes the listener
to another realm of awareness. The lines and textures inspire
me to make dances."
"Baikida Carroll is an artist...and one of the preeminent
trumpet players of his generation."
-Mikhail Horowitz, The Woodstock Times
"...It was a pleasure to listen to Baikida Carroll... with
his fine, fine sense of melody and his many talents as a composer...
intelligent compositional weave, and brilliant instrumentalist.
-Edward Sanders, The Woodstock Journal
"There is a freshness in the air when one hears Baikida Carroll.
A gifted writer."
-Dick Bogle, The Portland Scanner [
"Leader and superb trumpeter ...Carroll with his lovely clear
tone, relaxed, multi- faceted lyricism and sudden high spears
of power... a much more satisfying soloist."
-The Morning Herald, Sydney Australia
"Baikida Carroll has long been a leading force in the shaping
of contemporary creative music. His influence will be strongly
felt as creative music moves into the next cycle."
-Anthony Braxton, Composer/Musician
"Carroll's fat tone and
popping attack...suggest the formidable Lee Morgan. When Baikida
bears down on the microphone a sec, the whole room can shake..."
-Kevin Whitehead, Schwann Inside Jazz & Classical [
-Chuck Obuchowski, New England Jazz Radio Cooperative (WWUH-FM)
"He (Baikida) evokes every style of the horn's history and
elicits every conceivable, and some inconceivable sounds from
it. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't heard it myself."
-WXPN Radio, Philadelphia, PA
balance of this special recording has the verve, the vision
and the vitality of the best of mid-sixties and contemporary
-Jules Epstein, Jazzmatazz [ full
"Excellent trumpet player!"
-Wynton Marsalis, Trumpeter