Baikida Carroll

Door of the Cage

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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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