Thursday, August 25, 2016

Rudy Van Gelder: 1924-2016

You may not know the name, but you know the music. Rudy Van Gelder, who died Aug. 25 at age 91, recorded some of the greatest names in jazz at his Hackensack and Englewood Cliffs, N.J., studios, including Miles Davis, John Coltrane ("A Love Supreme" was recorded in Englewood), Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Wayne Shorter and many, many others. If you have a classic Blue Note LP, he probably recorded it.

Here's the njonline version of the obituary.

Van Gelder is famous for working with Coltrane, but he also recorded maybe my favorite jazz saxophonist, Newark's own Ike Quebec.