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Rudy Van Gelder

Updated on January 30, 2015

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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      elijazz 5 years ago

      Nice lens! Thanks for posting.

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      Bob Druwing 6 years ago from Van Nuys, CA

      @anonymous: Very astute observation! God bless the purist. On your recommendation I'm going to get Bluesnik right now.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great Lens, One thing that I think Hasn't done Rudy Justice is the compact disc, Compared to the original vinyl pressings, even his own RVG editions, sound inferior , they sound dry and brittle, next to the vinyl, a perfect example is the Jackie Mclean album Bluesnik , anyone who really want's to hear the genius of Rudy Van Gelder, must get a Turntable. That being said, Before I got into Vinyl, I didn't have any complaints with the compact disc.