York City, January 1978
Album Liner Notes - Julius Hemphill
Baikida Carrolls Double Solo Album:
The Spoken Word Hat Hut Records #MN
First off, I would like
to make mention of the fact that this time/period is an exceeding
poignant one for me in regard to Baikida Carroll. We have
just concluded an especially successful series of performances
in the artistic sense and the impressions of the
music we made remain almost tangible in my consciousness.
Although we have participated in numerous projects and events
over the span of the past decade and I could utilize any one
or group of those experiences to stimulate my memory vis a
vis my feeling for Baikida, weather as a human being or as
a creator or in any remaining capacity now, January 1978,
seems to set the stage for my most vivid expression.
I have had the rare good
fortune to witness the fruition of a creative promise initially
declared during the formative days of the Black Artists
Group in Saint Louis, Missouri, 1968. At that time, the gifts
(the promises) were evident; but promises are not in the least
inevitable. The realization and eventual impact of creative
endeavor require consistency, dedication, and inspiration.
I consider the opportunity to bear witness to the eloquent
beauty of Baikidas music a distinct honor.
The format in which
the music comprising this album is cast presents some particularly
challenging problems to the performer: the points of reference,
in a compositional sense, may be obscured and/or simultaneous;
the level of endurance dictated by the duration of the performance
time is incredible.
For one to make a
fresh, powerful, creative statement under the above circumstances
is unusually difficult; to do so in a brilliant manner, as
Baikida has done here, is totally unique.
Baikida Carroll is
polarized; poised; at a matchless point between lyricism and
fire. I hope he remains so."