Interview: Rudy Van Gelder (Part 5) - JazzWax

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February 17, 2012


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Thanks for this very informative interview with RVG whose last part hinted me to two LP's I would consider as being must-have's:

The album with Jobim, Wave, and the latter by Walter Davis, jr., featuring the great Donald Byrd, and the ever hot, and hard-edged playing of Jackie McLean.

Beside all technical details which were mostly new to me, I did also learn a lot about the humble personality of Rudy Van Gelder and his love for the music and the musicians.

I will listen to the discussed albums with other ears from now on, especially to Trane's "A Love Supreme".



Great series of interview! Very inspiring to hear the story of a legend in his own words.


@Rdio has a really great collection of RVG-edition jazz albums:

Dave James


Thanks for the informative article. I've read quite a bit about Mr. Van Gelder, and even though he's not one to open up about what he does and how he does it, you were still able to unearth a few new nuggets of information. And that picture of you and Rudy in his studio. Wow! I'm sure that's something you'll treasure for the rest of your life.


Marc, this interview was superb. The tone of the interview was classy, and Mr. Van Gelder actually told us a lot, in his precise but subtle way. He is a craftsman. Thanks to both of you.

John P. Cooper

Making history with music!

Good stuff!

Henry Goodfriend

That studio should be designated as an historic landmark.

Very insightful interview.

Mike Milner

Thank you so much Marc, that was a great interview. To this day I'm not sure the people who love this music appreciate how important Rudy's contributions were.

Win Hinkle

Marc, this is probably the best interview you have ever done, considering my interests. The relaxed tone that you set enabled all of us to glean valuble information about Mr. Van Gelder and his fantastic talent. Those who were lucky enough to have Mr. Van Gelder's hands and ears responsible for their recorded sound are indeed fortunate. Now if a major jazz video producer could pull-together musicians and Mr. Van Gelder to do a feature documentary of a Rudy Van Gelder recording session - icing on the cake. Bret Primack, are you around?

Rick M

Marc; this is another great dovetail between Jazz and with the Brubeck piece. It's amazing how you find them together.


I am, and always have been awestruck by Mr. Van Gelder. There is no other way to say it. I hope I can meet him one day to tell him so, but respect his privacy. In the meantime, I have my uncles Jazz record collection and the BN-Toshiba Van Gelder series to keep me happy until I am gone. A Love Supreme, James in Buffalo NY

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