The legendary recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder, who name and gained fame with his work with jazz musicians, on Thursday at the age of 91 died.
His most famous recording dates back to 1964, John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”, perhaps the best jazz album ever. Also other big names such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins, names Van Gelder. Of Gelders death was confirmed by the prestigious Blue Notelabel, where he started in 1953 started to work. “There are no words to describe his role in the jazz history,” says Blue Note.
Van Gelder, son of Dutch immigrants, was of course, the optician, but grew at home with jazz – he was named after an uncle who is in the 30-years played drums with Ted Lewis. From an early age, though he was ham.
By his love for jazz, he landed in New York, and a friend introduced him in 1952 for Blue Note producer Alfred Lion. The “Blue Note sound” was Of Gelders merit.
“Then, in the 50s, was the quality of the recording equipment and the plates themselves are totally unsuitable to that which the musicians live played to reproduce,” said Van Gelder in 2012 on the blog JazzWax. “I have need to experiment to get the best means to find the sound as warm and realistic as possible.”
Except with Blue Note, he worked with more labels, such as Prestige and Verve. Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” took Van Gelder for Impulse! (Belga)