A report on Gerry Mulligan and Chico Hamilton

Portrait of Mulligan, c. undefined1980s, by William P. Gottlieb
Chico Hamilton appearing at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Tompkins Square Park, New York City, August 26, 2007
Mulligan on piano in the Netherlands in 1960

He came to prominence as sideman for Lester Young, Gerry Mulligan, Count Basie, and Lena Horne.

- Chico Hamilton

Faced with a dilemma of what to do for a rhythm section, Mulligan decided to build on earlier experiments and perform as a pianoless quartet with Baker on trumpet, Bob Whitlock on bass and Chico Hamilton on drums (later Mulligan himself would occasionally double on piano).

- Gerry Mulligan
Portrait of Mulligan, c. undefined1980s, by William P. Gottlieb

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Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1962

Cool jazz

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Style of modern jazz music that arose in the United States after World War II.

Style of modern jazz music that arose in the United States after World War II.

Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1962
Chet Baker, known as the "Prince of Cool", 1983

1) "Soft variants of bebop," including the Miles Davis recordings that constitute Birth of the Cool; the complete works of the Modern Jazz Quartet; the output of Gerry Mulligan, especially his work with Chet Baker and Bob Brookmeyer; the music of Stan Kenton's sidemen during the late 1940s through the 1950s; and the works of George Shearing and Stan Getz.

4) "Exploratory music with a subdued effect by Teddy Charles, Chico Hamilton, John LaPorta, and their colleagues during the 1950s."

West Coast jazz

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West Coast jazz refers to styles of jazz that developed in Los Angeles and San Francisco during the 1950s.

West Coast jazz refers to styles of jazz that developed in Los Angeles and San Francisco during the 1950s.

In 1949–1950 baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan participated in the Miles Davis band, contributing arrangements to the recordings that became Birth of the Cool (1957).

In 1952 Mulligan, who had moved to California, formed an innovative and successful piano-less quartet with trumpeter Chet Baker, drummer Chico Hamilton, and bassist Bob Whitlock.

Jazz on a Summer's Day

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Concert film set at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, directed by commercial and fashion photographer Bert Stern and Aram Avakian, who also edited the film.

Concert film set at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, directed by commercial and fashion photographer Bert Stern and Aram Avakian, who also edited the film.

The film features performances by Jimmy Giuffre; Thelonious Monk; Sonny Stitt; Anita O'Day; Dinah Washington; Gerry Mulligan; Chuck Berry; Chico Hamilton, with Eric Dolphy; and Louis Armstrong, with Jack Teagarden.

Gerry Mulligan Quartet Volume 1

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Gerry Mulligan Quartet Volume 1 is an album by saxophonist and bandleader Gerry Mulligan featuring performances recorded in 1952 and originally released as the first 10-inch LP on the Pacific Jazz label.

Larry Bunker (CD tracks 12-15), Chico Hamilton (LP and CD tracks 1-9 & 16-19) - drums

Gene Norman Presents the Original Gerry Mulligan Tentet and Quartet

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Gene Norman Presents the Original Gerry Mulligan Tentet and Quartet is a compilation album by saxophonist and bandleader Gerry Mulligan featuring performances recorded in 1953 and originally released as two 10 inch LPs, one on the Gene Norman Presents label and one on Capitol.

Larry Bunker (tracks 2 & 6-14), Chico Hamilton (tracks 1 & 3-5) - drums

California Concerts

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California Concerts (also referred to as Jazz Goes to High School) is a live album by saxophonist and bandleader Gerry Mulligan featuring performances recorded at the Stockton High School and Hoover High School in California in late 1954 and released on the Pacific Jazz label.

Larry Bunker (LP Side Two and Volume 2, tracks 6-14), Chico Hamilton (LP Side one, Volume 1 and Volume 2, tracks 1-5) - drums