Van Gelder departs
When I was young, I asked someone who Knew Something About Jazz what I should listen to. "I don't know," he said, "...anything by Blue Note Records?" Which was pretty good advice, as a listen to the first disc on this collection will confirm.
But he might also have advised, with considerable overlap, "anything recorded by Rudy Van Gelder," who passed away this week. His recordings are generally just incredibly clean and immediate. Here are three, there are lots of others: