Author Archives: Richard Capeless

Vinyl Spotlight: Thelonious Monk, Misterioso (Recorded on Tour) (Columbia 2416) [Original Mono Pressing]


As big of a Thelonious Monk fan as I am, I don’t collect original pressings of Monk LPs. There are several reasons for this: 1. Some of Monk’s most inspired recordings were for Blue Note in the late ’40s and early ’50s. As a result, they are not high-fidelity and I don’t find myself seeking out older recordings like this on vinyl. 2. Though Monk’s… More→

Spotify Playlists: Rudy Van Gelder Studios


Rudy Van Gelder is one of the most recognized audio engineers to have ever lived. He has recorded hundreds of the most celebrated jazz albums the world has ever heard. His recordings are so characteristic, “the Van Gelder sound” has become a catchphrase known to jazz fans the world over. … More→