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Baikida Carroll has long been one of the top trumpeters in freer forms of jazz, but he has rarely had opportunities to lead his own record date. This 1994 CD is a happy exception, and it features Carroll playing free bop and atmospheric ballads in a quintet with tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay, pianist Steve Colson, bassist Santi Debriano, and drummer Pheeroan akLaff. The ten compositions are all Carroll's, and they cover a variety of moods and grooves. The music overall is more accessible than one would expect, making this an excellent introduction to Baikida Carroll's music.

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Born: January 15, 1947 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the better accompanists and section musicians, Baikida Carroll has added textures, colors, and bright solos to various free jazz ensembles and groups, among them the Black Artists' Group (BAG) in St. Louis. He's been an active composer, having written film soundtracks and scores and displayed a striking, full sound and solo approach. Carroll attended Southern Illinois University and the Armed Forces School of Music before directing the BAG's free jazz band. He went to Europe with other group...
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