Make a difference: Support jazz online

Support All About Jazz Your friends at All About Jazz are looking for readers to help back our website upgrade project. Of critical importance, this project will result in a vastly improved design across all devices and will make future All About Jazz projects much easier to implement. Click here to learn more about this project including donation rewards.

166

Baikida Carroll: Marionettes On A High Wire

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Perhaps not as well-known as others who share similar faculties, trumpeter Baikida Carroll has earned respect and accolades for years, while performing with the late, great saxophonist/composer Julius Hemphill, pianist Jay McShann, bassist Charlie Haden and many others of note. However, Carroll’s expertise also lies within his multifarious approach to composition amid countless scores for Broadway. With his first outing as a leader in six years, the artist once again demonstrates acute technical skills along with his stature as a gifted composer who here, reaps the benefits of a power house ensemble.

Essentially, Marionettes On A High Wire boasts an amalgamation of variable swing vamps, elegantly rendered shifts in meter and memorable melodies, awash with blistering yet finely articulated soloing by the leader, saxophonist Erica Lindsay and veteran jazz pianist Adegoke Steve Colson. Furthermore, the all world rhythm section of bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Pheeroan akLaff subsidize the band’s often oscillating movements and brisk pace.

Carroll’s “Griot’s Last Dance” is all about booming rhythms, free jazz undertones and diminutive themes in accordance with the musicians’ sparkling communal dialogue. “Our Say” is a soft ballad, punctuated by Formanek’s expressive lines and Colson’s delicate frameworks, while “A Thrill A Minute” provides the listener with hard-Bop-ish unison choruses and a profoundly stated melody that is guaranteed to seize your mind’s eye! (A testament to Carroll’s wondrous compositional pen).

The excitement continues with “Flamboye” as the band skirts free-jazz territory in conjunction with crisp, tightly organized choruses and circular passages as 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!!

OmniTone


Title: Marionettes On A High Wire | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: Soul Note

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House CD/LP/Track Review Not Nearly Enough To Buy A House
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 21, 2018
Read Journey to a New World CD/LP/Track Review Journey to a New World
by Troy Dostert
Published: January 21, 2018
Read Disappeared Behind the Sun CD/LP/Track Review Disappeared Behind the Sun
by John Sharpe
Published: January 21, 2018
Read 2018 Neujahrskonzert New Year’s Concert CD/LP/Track Review 2018 Neujahrskonzert New Year’s Concert
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: January 21, 2018
Read Lux CD/LP/Track Review Lux
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 20, 2018
Read Unleashed CD/LP/Track Review Unleashed
by John Sharpe
Published: January 20, 2018
Read "Original Demos" CD/LP/Track Review Original Demos
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: June 8, 2017
Read "Donora Autumn" CD/LP/Track Review Donora Autumn
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 29, 2017
Read "Not This Time" CD/LP/Track Review Not This Time
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: March 5, 2017
Read "Magnetic" CD/LP/Track Review Magnetic
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 27, 2017
Read "Lattice" CD/LP/Track Review Lattice
by Mark Corroto
Published: September 25, 2017
Read "The Best of Big Star" CD/LP/Track Review The Best of Big Star
by Doug Collette
Published: July 16, 2017