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February 08, 2012


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"... Englewood Cliffs, N.J., studio, where virtually every great jazz album of the '60s, '70s and beyond was recorded with love and care."

Marc, you will certainly interview Mr. Van Gelder about the 1940's & '50's as well?

Man, I'm really looking forward to hear some 1st hand stories about Bud, Miles & Monk. Got one original RVG with Miles; this says it's among the first 100 pressings, right?

Monk's "Hackensack" (former Rifftides, Lady Be Good) is one of my favorite tunes. Thelonious has dedicated it to the famous studio, and to the great work of Rudy Van Gelder (disregarding the out-of-tune pianos he had to deal with sometimes).


Gee, it's "Rifftide" of course!

And it sounds like a Monk tune, especially the "inside" as Thelonious used to call the bridge of a song.

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