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Rudy Van Gelder

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Rudy Van Gelder (born November 2, 1924, Jersey City, New Jersey - August 25, 2016) was an American recording engineer who specializes in jazz. Regarded as the most important recording engineer of jazz by some observers, Van Gelder has recorded several thousand jazz sessions, including many widely recognized as classics, in a career spanning more than half a century. Van Gelder has recorded many of the great names in the genre, including Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Grant Green, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Donald Byrd, Kenny Burrell and many others. He worked with many record companies, but he is most closely associated with Blue Note Records. Early career: Van Gelder's interest in microphones and electronics can be traced to a youthful enthusiasm for amateur radio. A longtime jazz fan (his uncle, for whom Rudy was named, had been drummer for Ted Lewis's band in the mid-1930s), Van Gelder himself had lessons on trumpet. In...

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