Rudy Van Gelder

Rudy Van Gelder was, quite simply, the greatest recording engineer in jazz history. He was responsible for just about every session on the Blue Note label from 1953 to 1967 (among thousands of others), encompassing some of jazz's most groundbreaking and enduring classics. The signature of a Van Gelder recording lies in the rich, natural tone of each instrument and the clearly defined separation between them, ensuring that every sonic detail is audible. What's more, he had an uncanny knack for capturing sonic textures that supported whatever mood the musicians and producers were aiming for. Exactly how he did all this is a mystery. Van Gelder, a modest and unassuming man in many ways, was fiercely protective of his techniques, from the placement of microphones and musicians in the room to the type of mike itself. Whatever the source of his alchemy, Van Gelder was responsible for...

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