Rudolph “Rudy” Van Gelder was born on November 2, 1924, and died on August 25, 2016.
He was an American recording engineer who specialized in jazz.
Gelder was regarded as the most important recording engineer of jazz by some observers.
He recorded several thousand jazz sessions, including many recognized as classics, in a career which spanned more than half a century.
He recorded many of the great names in the genre, including John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, and Horace Silver, among many others.
Rudy worked with many record companies but was most closely associated with Blue Note Records.
Reportedly, The New York Times wrote his work included “acknowledged classics like Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, Davis’s Walkin’, Herbie Hancock’s Maiden Voyage, Sonny Rollins’s Saxophone Colossus, and Horace Silver’s Song for My Father.
Rudy Van Gelder passed away at 91 years old.