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Saturday, August 27, 2016

R.I.P Rudy Van Gelder

The most iconic recording engineer in the history of jazz died on Thursday (August 25) aged 91. To attempt to list all of the albums he engineered would be a Herculean task. Simpler to just pull out a long player on Blue Note, Prestige or by Miles, Trane, Dexter - in fact just about anyone who was anyone in modern jazz and you can bet that it was Rudy Van Gelder's fingers at the controls.
He produced a distinct sound, not, he says, because it was on vinyl, but despite it being on vinyl!
There's a brilliant and perceptive obituary in the New Yorker by Richard Brody which also gives links to the authors favourite tracks on Spotify.
The legend died on Thursday and I was complaining of a nosebleed the same day - puts things in perspective!
Lance.

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