Reviews that mention Baikida Carroll
December 5, 2005
Between the Lines BTLCHR 71203
Konnex KCD 5141
Variations on a quartet theme, the different strategies working bands put across depending on whether theyre involved in a live or a studio situation are illustrated by these CDs.
Recorded on gigs in Rochester, N.Y., Amherst, Mass. and Chicago, LIVE showcases extended five performances from the all-star Nu Band quartet that allow its veteran members extensive space in which to let loose. On the other hand, WINTER BIRDS captures the quartet of bassist John Lindberg, with as stellar a line-up, working in a studio date that followed 13 European concerts in 15 days. Playing nine of the bassists tunes and one written by flautist Steve Gorn, the CD recreates in a studio the tightness of the touring quartet MORE
October 6, 2003
Passin Thru 41217
Thirty years ago when alto saxophonist Oliver Lake was one of the young firebrands involved with the Black Artists Group (BAG), St. Louis version of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians who knew that by 2003 hed turn into Count Basie?
Well, not really, though the comparison is meant as a compliment. Its just that Lake, who over the years has involved himself in so many different groups from the still-thriving World Saxophone Quartet, to the R&B-influenced Jump Up group, has now put together a regulation-sized big band that swings with the unfettered grace of any of Basies aggregations. MORE
August 4, 2003
Ruminations on Ives and Gottschalk
Between the lines btl 025
Seven compositions joined together in a suite form this CD, honoring two idiosyncratic American classical composers, but featuring -- not surprisingly -- jazz players rather than members of the so-called serious music fraternity.
What do you expect? While classical snobs abhorrence of jazz as mere popular music is well known and exists to this day, the symphonic establishment has also never been particularly welcoming to visionary composers, especially of the non-European variety. MORE
February 21, 2001
Marionettes on a High Wire
One of the key members of St. Louis's cooperative Black Artists Group (BAG) in the late 1960s along with the likes of Lester Bowie, Oliver Lake and Julius Hemphill, trumpeter Baikida Carroll has followed a unique career locus since he settled in New York.
Over the years, he has spent as much time composing for regional theatre projects, film, television and dance performances as he has playing. His performing was further curtailed by a bout with Bell's Palsy in the late 1980s, which left half of his embouchure permanently paralyzed. It took him three years to overcome the results of being stricken.MORE