World of Jazz 195 – A tribute to Rudy Van Gelder

Probably not that well known outside of the jazz world, recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder, who passed away last week, was a crucial figure in the history of the music in that he recorded some of the most important and well known jazz albums at his studio at Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. It would be impossible to single out an hour long selection which covered his unique career so I have picked some of my favourite recordings which he was responsible for capturing.

Simply put he was the man who made jazz sound cool!


  1. John Coltrane – Good Bait – The Prestige Recordings (1991)
  2. Donald Byrd – Night Flower – Free Form (2004)
  3. Hank Mobley – A Caddy for Daddy – A Caddy for Daddy (1965)
  4. Grant Green – Jean De Fleur – Idle Moments (1963)
  5. Horace Silver – Sister Sadie – Blowin’ The Blues Away (1959)
  6. Kenny Dorham – Lotus Blossom – Quiet Kenny (1991)
  7. Lee Morgan – A Lot of Livin’ To Do – Standards (1967)
  8. Freddie Hubbard – Open Sesame – Open Sesame (1960)
  9. John Coltrane – Part IV : Psalm – A Love Supreme (1964)

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