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Van Gelder’s Studio

In honor of Rudy Van Gelder’s ongoing remastering of the Blue Note catalog, we asked Ira Gitler to reminisce about some of the original recording sessions, for various labels, at Van Gelder’s famous studio.

In 1952, Prestige Records owner Bob Weinstock asked me to investigate a new studio operated by an engineer named Rudy Van Gelder out of his parents’ living room in Hackensack, N.J. It may well have been pianist Bill Triglia, a New Jersey resident and close associate of trumpet legend Tony Fruscella, who hunched Weinstock to Van Gelder.

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