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Rudy Van Gelder Tribute


The first time you look at the list of albums engineered and recorded by Rudy Van Gelder, the effect is almost overwhelming. It’s preposterous that one person can have played a part in so many of the best records of all time, yet, here it is, a list so long and so stuffed full of iconic names that it’s too much to take in all at once.

But that’s Rudy Van Gelder, who started off his career in his parents house in Hackensack NY and who subsequently built his own studio just down the road. It’s arguable that nobody was more central to the recorded sound of jazz yet he’s famously taciturn about his methods, unreproducible.

One thing he did say was that he tried to capture the space around a performance, to give each recording its unique character. Maybe there was something in the air in his recording sessions, maybe it was just a perfect combination of the right people at the right time. Either way, here’s our selection to honour what would have been Rudy’s 96th birthday.

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Thelonious Monk – Hackensack
Dorothy Ashby & Frank Wess – Yesterdays
Wayne Shorter – Infant Eyes
Carmen Lundy – Dindi
Kenny Dorham – Alone Together
Andy Bey & The Bey Sisters – God Bless the Child
Etta James – Don’t Go To Strangers
Miles Davis – When I Fall In Love
McCoy Tyner – When Sunny Gets Blue
Sonny Clark – Love Walked In
The Red Garland Trio – Gone Again
Yusef Lateef – The Plum Blossom (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster)
Gabor Szabo – I’m All Smiles
John Coltrane A Love Supreme, Pt. I_ Acknowledgement
Alice Coltrane – The Sun
Thad Jones – If Someone Had Told Me
Jutta Hipp & Zoot Sims – Violets for Your Furs
Randy Weston Trio & Cecil Payne – This Can’t Be Love
Ed Thigpen – Heritage
Milton Nascimento – Rio Vermelho
Airto Moreira – Return to Forever
Hank Mobley – Up Over and Out
Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis – Avalon (feat. Shirley Scott)