Carol Chaikin, whose saving debut being a head was disappointingly business (a self-titled Compact disc for Silver Castle) is truly a great bop and hard bop-based altoist. She began originally with traditional flute and piano lessons, ultimately adding bassoon. After she uncovered the joys of improvising, Chaikin turned to alto and bebop. She went to the Berklee College Of Music and, beginning in 1977, became the standard artist-in-residence on the Aspen Music Celebration for six years. She was an associate of Maiden Voyage (1980-84), transferred to NEW YORK and provides since freelanced. Recently Carol Chaikin continues to be highlighted with Diva.