tone and popping attack...suggest the
formidable Lee Morgan. When Baikida bears
down on the microphone a sec, the whole room
can shake.... The airy recording by engineer
Jon Rosenberg, an unsung hero of the New York
scene, is typically impeccable."
Schwann Inside Jazz & Classical
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
freshness and multi-dimensionality that is truly
—David Adler, All
new album ... Carroll sketches out beautifully
lyric themes with sensitive arrangements..."
—Peter Margasak, JazzTimes
on a High Wire]
has the verve,
the vision and the vitality of the
best of mid-sixties and contemporary jazz."
—Jules Epstein, Philadelphia
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
Jazz Journalists Association Top
10 of 2001 —Williard Jenkins (JJA)
loose and imaginative are meek understatements
when describing the sumptuous music on Marionettes
on a High Wire."
—John Murph, Down
product of a hugely confidant, outgoing musician in
command of his tools. As a player, Carroll's
fat, warm sound is a sensual delight,
as is his inherent lyricism." [See
—Shane Nichols, Australian Financial
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
—Michael Rosenstein, Signal
of 2001" (#2) "The opening
cut of this excellent quintet disc is so hip
you almost don't need the rest of the album. But
you really do, to get a complete picture of
how veteran trumpeter Carroll and his uniquely
gifted quintet can work their way over the
depths of free playing without surrendering
to its excesses." —Steve
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
on a High Wire is in that rare class for
me where words like superb, and exquisite get
swinging, angry, loving, thoughtful and expressive
cutting-edge jazz. Don't
miss this one."
—SD Feeney, Face
'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
and his band mates walk the tightrope between
tradition and experimentation with perfect balance."
—Dan Polletta, Public
New Jazz Releases—Jez Nelson, BBC
the perfect release - Omnitone once again delivers
manna from the heavens."
—Downtown Music Gallery (NY)
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
crafted and brimming over with verve and unselfconscious
new release is a delight from start to finish,
and a welcome spotlighting of a too-often overlooked
—Steve Holtje, CD
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, JazzWeekly.com
Jazz —Chuck Obuchowski, New
England Jazz Radio Cooperative (WWUH-FM)