Born: January 15, 1947 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
(composer, trumpet) is a highly pivotal figure in the music world as both a composer and trumpeter. His scores and trumpet have distinguished theater, dance, TV, film and concerts for 4 decades.
His music has been heard at prestigious forums throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Walker Arts Center, La MaMa Theatre, the New York and Washington, DC Shakespeare Festivals, The Corcoran Gallery (Wash. DC), the Chicago Art Museum, the McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NY), the Mark Taper Forum (LA), the Asolo Theatre (Sarasoto, FL) Merkin Concert Hall (NYC), Le Grand Palais (Paris), the Belgium Opera, the Berlin Opera, the Market Theater (Johannesburg, South Africa), and a multitude of international jazz festivals.
As a trumpeter, he has performed and/or recorded with such artist as Cecil Taylor, Carla Bley, Sam Rivers, Anthony Davis, Dewey Redman, Billy Hart, Steve Lacy, Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo Smith, Steve McCall, David Sancious, Dave Holland, Yogi Horton, Olu Dara, Oliver Nelson, Lester Bowie, Dave Holland, Albert King, David Murray, Don Cherry, Meredith Monk, Jay McShann, Amiri Baraka, Oliver Nelson, Patti LaBelle, Henry Threadgill, Ike and Tina Turner, Billy Higgins, Graham Parker, Little Milton, David Sancious, Marty Ehrlich, June Jordan, Mos Def, Bobby Bradford, Roscoe Mitchell, Dr. John, Jerome Harris, Anthony Braxton and Reggie Workman. He was a featured soloist on Julius Hemphill's Dogon A.D. and Coon Bid'ness, Oliver Lake's premiere album NTU, John Carter's Castles Of Ghana, Muhal Richard Abrams' 1983 Down Beat Record of the Year Blues Forever, and Jack De Johnettes' acclaimed Inflation Blues. In 1999 Baikida completed a European tour as a featured soloist with the Carla Bley Orchestra performing her classic opera Escalator over the Hill. He performed live in New York City and recorded the 2000 Grammy nominated CD Inspiration with jazz innovator Sam Rivers in the Sam Rivers All Star Big Band, an ensemble organized to honor Rivers 75th birthday. His own recordings include Orange Fish Tears, The Spoken Word, Shadows and Reflections, Door of the Cage and Marionettes on a High Wire.
His theater compositions include Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekov, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When The Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange, Miss Julie by August Strindberg, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, Betrayal by Harold Pinter, A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen, and King Lear by William Shakespeare. He also scored the highly acclaimed musical Betsey Brown by Emily Mann and Ntozake Shange, and the 1995 Tony Award �� nominated Broadway hit, Having Our Say by Emily Mann.
In September 2003, The Athens Festival invited the Washington, DC Shakespeare Festival to present Michael Kahn's adaptation of Sophocles' epic trilogy; The Oedipus Plays (Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone). Baikida Carroll scored this monumental theatrical undertaking. The Athens Festival - the most important event in Greece - attracts thousands of international visitors each year for performances of classical music, opera, plays and dance. Participants have included the New York Philharmonic with Leonard Bernstein, the Kirov and Bolshoi Ballets, the American Ballet Theatre, the Royal National Theatre of England, and performers such as Maria Callus, Rudolf Nureyev, Margo Fonteyn, Martha Graham and Luciano Pavarotti. The Oedipus Plays was performed in the Roman Odeon of Herod Atticus, on the south slope of the Acropolis in the shadow of the Parthenon.
Baikida has taught at Queens College (NYC) and the Community Arts Conservatory of St. Louis, and has been an Artist in Residence at the American Center for Students and Artist (Paris), Bard College (Annandale, NY), The Creative Music Studio (Woodstock, NY), and the BAG Music School (St. Louis, MO).
Awards:The National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, The Musicians Foundation, and The International Cite des Arts (Paris). He received the 1999 ASCAP/IAJE Duke Ellington Established Jazz Composer Award, the Chamber Music America's Jazz composer honors for 2003, and the 2010 New York State Council for the Arts Artist Commission award
Colorful, loose and imaginative are meek understatements when describing the sumptuous music on Marionettes on a High Wire. -John Murph, Down Beat
There's 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
Baikida 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. -Lester Bowie, Trumpeter
Jazz Journalists Association Top 10 of 2001 -Williard Jenkins (JJA)
[Marionettes 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
Elegantly 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 and fire. -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 overlooked talent. -Steve Holtje, CD Now
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. -SD Feeney, Face Magazine
...superb new album ... Carroll sketches out beautifully lyric themes with sensitive arrangements... -Peter Margasak, Jazz Times
[Marionettes 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
Baikida 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
Between 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. -Larry Blumenfeld, Jazziz
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
'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
Baikida is an exceptional musician and composer, we have been friends for many moons...his music is always unique and soulful. -Oliver Lake, Musician/Composer
A fine trumpeter -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 thread�'a 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
Best New Jazz Releases -Jez Nelson, BBC
2001 Critics' Best -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
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 review ]
[Marionettes On A High Wire] Quite the perfect release - Omnitone once again delivers manna from the heavens. -Downtown Music Gallery (NY)
Baikida 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 new territories. -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. -Dianne McIntyre, Choreographer
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 Recommended Jazz -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
...the balance of this special recording has the verve, the vision and the vitality of the best of mid-sixties and contemporary jazz. -Jules Epstein, Jazzmatazz
Excellent trumpet player! -Wynton Marsalis, Trumpeter
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