N.J. jazz giant Rudy Van Gelder, who recorded John Coltrane, Miles Davis, dead at 91
Rudy Van Gelder, a renowned recording engineer who captured jazz greats Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and many others in his parents' Hackensack living room and later in his eponymous Englewood Cliffs studio, died Thursday at the age of 91, according to jazz writer Nate Chinen.
The location and cause of death were not announced.
Van Gelder, a lifelong New Jerseyan, recorded quintessential albums of the genre: John Coltrane's "Blue Train" and "A Love Supreme," Miles Davis' "Workin'" and "Steamin'," Thelonious Monk's "Monk," Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers' "Moanin'," and Lee Morgan's "The Sidewinder."
"I would say they learned how to record jazz together," says T.S. Monk, the son of the jazz legend and an esteemed jazz drummer in his own right. "He really, really got it right. You can list to a Rudy Van Gelder from the 1950s that sounds like it was recorded today."
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Sad day. Always loved the sounds he captured. Hancock's "Empyrean Isles" and Coltrane's "Blue Train".
A life well lived, however.
When I think of all the great recordings out of that studio and compare them to the modern stuff. Rudy was the best. He let the music be what it was. Now all the studio engineers think they are musicians and over engineer everything. Most of it sounds cold and sterile today.
to find great recordings there was only one name they needed to know to get started. Rudy Van Gelder - if Rudy was the recording engineer, it was the best.
Hellava band in heaven, now they got the guy to put it on wax. RIP, Rudy.