Concord Music Group News

NEWS 26 Feb 2006

New Rudy Van Gelder Remasters series on Prestige

Due out 3/21 is the maiden release of the Rudy Van Gelder Remasters series on Prestige, with ten titles newly remastered by Van Gelder, the original engineer on the following sessions:

ERIC DOLPHY, "Out There"; GENE AMMONS, "Boss Tenor"; JOHN COLTRANE, "Lush Life"; MILES DAVIS, "Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet"; SONNY ROLLINS, "Saxophone Colossus"; COLEMAN HAWKINS, "The Hawk Relaxes"; "KENNY BURRELL & JOHN COLTRANE"; KENNY DORHAM, "Quiet Kenny"; RED GARLAND, "Red Garland's Piano"; and the MODERN JAZZ QUARTET, "Django."

The Dolphy, Ammons, Hawkins, and Dorham dates were recorded at Van Gelder's Englewood Cliffs, NJ studio, in operation since 1959, while the other six were taped at his earlier base in Hackensack (i.e., his parents' living room).

"I'm an engineer, not a producer," Van Gelder told the New York Times's Greg Phelan last year (5/22/05). "I'm the person who makes the recording process work. I built the studio, I created the environment in which [the musicians] play, I selected, installed and operate the equipment. An analogy might be, someone wanted to put a man on the moon, but it was an engineer who got him there. My goal is to make the musicians sound the way they want to be heard."

Today, Van Gelder says of these ten Prestige albums: "I remember the sessions well, I remember how the musicians wanted to sound, and I remember their reactions to the playbacks. Today, I feel strongly that I am their messenger."

Ten more Rudy Van Gelder Remasters titles will follow this summer.

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