Date of Award
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
William F. Grimes
The purpose of this study was to discover common traits and characteristics about Chet Baker's early solo style. The primary sources for this investigation were the initial recordings of the "Original Gerry Mulligan Quartet." Since this music was improvised, rather than notated, it was necessary to transcribe the pieces in order to create a musical score. The transcription process included the transfer of the scores to a computerized musical notation program. The resulting scores were then analyzed in order to determine the characteristics of Baker's early playing and solo style, as well as formal structures of the compositions. Chapter one served as an introduction to Chet Baker and includes biographical information. The second chapter focuses on the eleven-month partnership of Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker. A formal analysis of each piece is contained in chapter three and chapter four emphasizes various characteristics of Chet Baker's early trumpet style. The appendixes contain eight analyzed transcriptions of the "Gerry Mulligan Quartet's" first recordings.
Quinn, Charles Lester Jr, "Chet Baker's Role in the "Piano-Less Quartet" of Gerry Mulligan." (1996). LSU Historical Dissertations and Theses. 6276.