Baikida Carroll The Spoken Word
Hat Hut M/N 1979
Hat Hut Records, Switzerland
Baikida Carroll Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Prepared Trumpet
Recorded Live at Mapenzi in Berkeley, CA
April 22,1977 & April 1, 1978.
Recorded by Cynthia Kanstein and Daryl Suzukawa
The Spoken Word I (Carroll) 17:05
The Spoken Word II (Carroll) 14:30
Third Image (Carroll) 15:15
Rites And Rituals (Carroll) 11:50
Double Rainbow Forest (Carroll) 10:25
Baikida Carroll’s made important contributions to some truly great recordings, and yet his own material seems to get far less a profile than it should. He was part of the Dogon A.D. band under Julius Hemphill’s leadership, part of David Murray’s big band Live on At Sweet Basil, and part of the Black Artists Group on In Paris, Aries, he’s on John Carter's Castles of Ghana, Oliver Lake's NTU, Muhal Richard Abrams' Blues Forever.
Given how readily he seems to work with others it’s quite a surprise to find how inventive he is out on his own. Here’s a double LP’s worth of some interesting and stimulating music, where he uses volume (and lack of it), messed-up instruments and even some strong playing to truly talk through his horn. Thanks again to Dale for passing this on to me.