ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. -- Happy birthday to Englewood Cliffs resident Rudy Van Gelder!
Van Gelder, who was born in Jersey City, turns 92 Wednesday.
Van Gelder is a music recording engineer who recorded several thousand jazz sessions, including many widely recognized as classics, in a career spanning more than half a century.
Van Gelder worked with many of the titans in jazz, including Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Grant Green, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Donald Byrd and Kenny Burrell.
Van Gelder worked as an optometrist until the late 1950s, when he opted to pursue his musical passion full-time.
Van Gelder was secretive about his recording methods, leading to much speculation among fans and critics about particular details. His recording techniques are often admired for their warmth and presence.