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Rudy Van Gelder
Say what you will about Rudy Van Gelder, but the jazz world, and thus the world at large, wouldn't be the same without him.
He recognized a need when he was still a teenager and set out to fill it by starting Van Gelder Studios in his parents New Jersey home.
Before long he was recording artists who have come to be known as some of the greatest names in jazz of the past half century!
One of the greatest honors of my life was the experience of having a phone conversation with him several years ago about the great Lee Morgan, who was, in my opinion, the best trumpet player ever recorded, and Rudy recorded the greater part of the Lee Morgan music in existence.
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