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Sunday, August 28, 2016

RIP Rudy Van Gelder

The legendary jazz recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder has died. He had a greater influence on how jazz records sound than anyone else. You're either trying to sound like him or you're trying to sound different from him. Perhaps only Manfred Eicher of ECM comes close in terms of influence.

Since it's another two weeks until my next webcast, I probably won't do a tribute show, since every other DJ who plays any amount of jazz will have done one by then.Although, the ultimate tribute is that it's hard to do even a half-decent jazz program without playing a Van Gelder recording (although it seems I just did one (that is, a show without a Van Gelder recording, I'm making no claims towards its half-decency))

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