Engineering Credits for The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings’ Core Collection

Below you will find a database with engineering credits and recording locations for the Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings‘ Core Collection albums. The database only contains Core Collection albums in the ninth edition of the book for which it was possible to obtain engineering credits (125 out of 199 albums). For a complete list of Core Collection albums, visit

SOURCES: Rudy Van Gelder’s album credits were sourced from album liner notes and various published discographies. Other engineer credits were mostly sourced from album liner notes via

MISSING ALBUMS: For a number of reasons it was not possible to obtain engineering credits for the entire list. In particular, I was only able to find credits for 3 of the 37 albums containing material recorded prior to 1953. For the remaining 162 albums recorded entirely in 1953 or after, I managed to secure engineering credits for approximately 74% of those albums.*

ALBUMS VS. COMPILATIONS: The Penguin authors elected to focus on modern-day compact disc releases of all the recorded material in their guide. This means that the earliest recordings in the guide are not “albums proper” but compilations of numerous recordings that would have been originally released in pairs on 78 R.P.M. shellac disks. Even for recordings made at the very beginning of the “album era” (roughly 1953 on), the authors still usually give preference to compilations. What this means for this research project is “albums” are sometimes actually compilations with split engineering credits. Additionally, there are numerous “proper albums” in the list that have multiple engineering credits, and the database takes those into account as well.

RECORDING AND MIXING ENGINEERING: In the early days of recording, the act of “mixing” an album was done on-the-fly at the time of recording, usually by the recording engineer and the session producer. With the advent of multitrack recording in the late 1960s, there became a new division of labor in the recording industry, as the responsibility of mixing slowly moved from the recording engineer’s hands into those of a separate engineer specially designated as the “mixing engineer”. Since many of the earliest recording engineers were at least partly responsible for the mixing process, for later albums I have elected to give partial credit to both recording and mixing engineers when both credits are present for an album.

If you have any information regarding engineering credits and/or recording locations for other Core Collection albums, or if you know of any corrections that need to made to the current data, please let me know.

– Rich Capeless, April 12, 2020

* Rudy Van Gelder has claimed he was the first or one of the first engineers to be credited for a commercial release (Van Gelder’s earliest known credit is on the label of a 78 R.P.M. shellac disk issued in late 1951). This study provides evidence of that claim (Doug Hawkins and Harry Smith, the engineers for the earliest recordings in this database, were not credited on the original 78 R.P.M. releases).

1947-52Thelonious MonkThe Complete Blue Note RecordingsBlue NoteWOR, Apex NYCDoug Hawkins, Harry Smith
1949-51Bud PowellThe Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1Blue NoteWOR NYCDoug Hawkins
1951-53Bud PowellThe Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 2Blue NoteWOR NYCDoug Hawkins
1953-54Clifford BrownThe Complete Blue Note and Pacific Jazz RecordingsBlue NoteWOR, Audio-Video, Birdland (NYC); Capitol (LA)Rudy Van Gelder, Doug Hawkins, others
1953-55J.J. JohnsonThe Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Vol. 1Blue NoteWOR (NYC), Van Gelder Studio (Hackensack, NJ)Rudy Van Gelder, Doug Hawkins
1953-55J.J. JohnsonThe Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Vol. 2Blue NoteWOR (NYC), Van Gelder Studio (Hackensack, NJ)Rudy Van Gelder, Doug Hawkins
1953-55Lars GullinDanny's DreamDragonStockholm SwedenBengt Runsten, Gosta Wiholm
1954Art BlakeyA Night at Birdland, Vol. 1Blue NoteBirdland NYC (Live)Rudy Van Gelder
1954Art BlakeyA Night at Birdland, Vol. 2Blue NoteBirdland NYC (Live)Rudy Van Gelder
1954Ben WebsterMusic for LovingVerveFine Sound NYC, other NYC venue(s)Bob Fine, others
1954-56Helen MerrillHelen Merrill With Clifford Brown and Gil EvansEmArcyFine Sound NYCBob Fine
1954-55Oscar PettifordNonet & Octet 1954-55BethlehemNYCTom Dowd
1954Sarah VaughanSarah VaughanEmArcyFine Sound NYCBob Fine
1955Lee KonitzWith Warne MarshAtlanticNYCTom Dowd
1955Lennie TristanoLennie TristanoAtlanticLennie Tristano's Home (NJ); Sing-Song Restaurant NYC (Live)Tom Dowd
1956Art TatumThe Tatum Group Masterpieces, Vol. 8PabloLos AngelesVal Valentin, Ben Jordan
1956Cecil TaylorJazz AdvanceTransitionBoston, MAStephen Fassett
1956Charles MingusPithecanthropus ErectusAtlanticAudio-Video NYCTom Dowd, Hal Lustig
1956Chris ConnorChris ConnorAtlanticNYCTom Dowd, Bob Dougherty, Frank Abbey
1956Count BasieThe Complete Atomic Mr BasieRouletteCapitol NYCBob Arnold
1956Ella FitzgeraldThe Cole Porter SongbookVerveCapitol LAVal Valentin
1956Kenny Dorham'Round About Midnight at the Café BohemiaBlue NoteCafé Bohemia NYC (Live)Rudy Van Gelder
1956-60Max RoachAlone TogetherEmArcy, MercuryFine Sound, Nola (NYC); Capitol Studios (LA)Bob Fine, others
1956Sonny RollinsSaxophone ColossusPrestigeVan Gelder Studio (Hackensack, NJ)Rudy Van Gelder
1956Teddy CharlesThe Teddy Charles TentetAtlanticCoastal NYCTom Dowd, Bob Dougherty, Johnny Cue
1956Thelonious MonkBrilliant CornersRiversideReeves NYCJack Higgins
1957Art PepperMeets the Rhythm SectionContemporaryContemporary Studio LARoy DuNann
1957Jimmy SmithGroovin' at Smalls' ParadiseBlue NoteSmalls Paradise NYC (Live)Rudy Van Gelder
1957Sonny RollinsA Night at the Village VanguardBlue NoteVillage Vanguard NYC (Live)Rudy Van Gelder
1958Ahmad JamalAt the PershingChessPershing Club Chicago (Live)Malcolm Chisholm
1958Julian 'Cannonball' AdderleySomethin' ElseBlue NoteVan Gelder Studio (Hackensack, NJ)Rudy Van Gelder
1958Miles DavisMilestonesColumbia30th St NYCFrank Laico
1959Dave BrubeckTime OutColumbia30th St NYCFred Plaut
1959Eddie 'Lockjaw' DavisVery SaxyPrestigeVan Gelder Studio (Hackensack, NJ)Rudy Van Gelder
1959Horace SilverBlowin' the Blues AwayBlue NoteVan Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)Rudy Van Gelder
1959John ColtraneGiant StepsAtlanticAtlantic Studios NYCTom Dowd, Phil Iehle
1959Miles DavisKind of BlueColumbia30th St NYCFred Plaut
1960Charles MingusCharles Mingus Presents Charles MingusCandidNola NYCBob d'Orelans
1960Freddie HubbardOpen SesameBlue NoteVan Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)Rudy Van Gelder
1960Gil EvansOut of the CoolImpulseVan Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)Rudy Van Gelder
1960Max RoachWe Insist! Freedom Now SuiteCandidNola NYCBob d'Orelans
1960Mel TorméMel Tormé Swings Shubert AlleyVerveLos AngelesVal Valentin
1960Wes MontgomeryIncredible Jazz GuitarRiversideReeves NYCJack Higgins
1961Benny CarterFurther DefinitionsImpulseNYCJohnny Cue
1961BIll EvansThe Complete Live at the Village Vanguard 1961RiversideVillage Vanguard NYC (Live)David Jones
1961-62Grant GreenThe Complete Quartets With Sonny ClarkBlue NoteVan Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)Rudy Van Gelder
1961Lee KonitzMotionVerveOlmstead NYCDick Olmstead
1961Stan GetzFocusVerveWebster Hall NYC (Live) and other NYC venue(s)Ray Hall
1962Jackie McLeanLet Freedom RingBlue NoteVan Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)Rudy Van Gelder
1962Oscar PetersonNight TrainVerveLos AngelesVal Valentin
1962Sheila JordanPortrait of SheilaBlue NoteVan Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)Rudy Van Gelder
1963Dexter GordonOur Man in ParisBlue NoteCBS Studios ParisClaude Ermelin
1963Lee MorganThe SidewinderBlue NoteVan Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)Rudy Van Gelder
1963-68Oscar PetersonGirl Talk/Action/The Way I Really Play/Mellow Mood/Travelin' On/My Favorite InstrumentMPSBrunner-Schwer Private Studio (Villingen, Germany)Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer
1964Andrew HillPoint of DepartureBlue NoteVan Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)Rudy Van Gelder
1964Archie SheppFour for TraneImpulseVan Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)Rudy Van Gelder
1964Eric DolphyOut to LunchBlue NoteVan Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)Rudy Van Gelder
1964John ColtraneA Love SupremeImpulseVan Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)Rudy Van Gelder
1964Mose AllisonThe Word From MoseAtlanticNYCPhil Iehle
1964Tony WilliamsLife TimeBlue NoteVan Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)Rudy Van Gelder
1964Wayne ShorterSpeak No EvilBlue NoteVan Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)Rudy Van Gelder
1965Larry YoungUnityBlue NoteVan Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)Rudy Van Gelder
1965Ornette ColemanAt the Golden Circle, Stockholm, Vol. 1Blue NoteGolden Circle Stockholm (Live)Rune Andreasson
1965Ornette ColemanAt the Golden Circle, Stockholm, Vol. 2Blue NoteGolden Circle Stockholm (Live)Rune Andreasson
1965-67Rahsaan Roland KirkRip, Rig and Panic/Now Please Don't You Cry, Beautiful EdithLimelight, VerveVan Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)Rudy Van Gelder
1967McCoy TynerThe Real McCoyBlue NoteVan Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)Rudy Van Gelder
1968McCoy TynerTime for TynerBlue NoteVan Gelder Studio (Englewood Cliffs, NJ)Rudy Van Gelder
1968Sonny CrissSonny's DreamPrestigeLos AngelesMickey Crawford
1969Barry HarrisMagnificent!PrestigeRCA Studios NYCPaul Goodman
1969Maxine SullivanClose as Pages in a BookMonmouth EvergreenA&R NYCDon Hahn
1969Miles DavisIn a Silent WayColumbia30th St NYCStan Tonkel, Russ Payne
1970Duke EllingtonNew Orleans SuiteAtlanticNational Recording NYCRoger Rhodes
1970Thad JonesConsummationBlue NoteA&R NYCDon Hahn
1972London Jazz Composers OrchestraOdeECMAllegro NYCTony May
1973Herbie HancockHead HuntersColumbiaWally Heider Studios + Different Fur Trading Co. San FranciscoFred Catero, Jeremy Zatkin, Dane Butcher, John Vieira
1973Joe PassVirtuosoPabloMGM LADennis Sands
1973-74Weather ReportMysterious TravellerColumbiaDevonshire Sound LARon Malo
1974David LiebmanDrum OdeECMRecord Plant NYCMartin Wieland, Jay Messina
1974Gary BurtonHotel HelloECMAengus (Fayville, MA)John Nagy
1974Modern Jazz QuartetThe Complete Last ConcertAtlanticAvery Fisher Hall NYCDavid Hewitt
1975Eberhard WeberYellow FieldsECMTonstudio Bauer (Ludwigsburg, Germany)Martin Wieland
1975Keith JarrettThe Koln ConcertECMOper Koln (Koln, Germany)Martin Wieland
1975Mary Lou WilliamsFree SpiritsSteepleChaseC.I. Recording Studios NYCChuck Irwin, Freddy Hansson
1976Jan GarbarekDisECMTalent Studio OsloJan Erik Kongshaug
1977AirAir TimeNessaStreeterville ChicagoMark Rubenstein
1977Zoot SimsIf I'm LuckyPabloRCA Studios NYCVal Valentin
1978Ishmael Wadada Leo SmithDivine LoveECMTonstudio Bauer (Ludwigsburg, Germany)Martin Wieland
1979Arthur BlytheLenox Avenue BreakdownColumbiaMediasound NYCDoug Epstein
1979Stéphane GrappelliTivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, DenmarkPabloTivoli Concert Hall Copenhagen (Live)Stig Kreutzfeldt
1980Clark TerryMemories of DukePabloGroup IV LASteve Williams
1980Julius HemphillFlat-Out Jump SuiteBlack SaintBarigozzi ItalyGiancarlo Barigozzi
1980Phil WoodsPhil Woods/Lew TabackinEvidenceChelsea Sound Studio NYCChris Fichera
1981David MurrayHomeBlack SaintRight Track NYCDavid Stone
1983James Blood UlmerOdysseyColumbiaPower Station NYCLarry Alexander
1984Mike WestbrookOn Duke's BirthdayHat HutMaisen de la Culture D'Amiens (Amiens, France)Bruno Menny
1985Joe HendersonThe State of the Tenor Volumes One and TwoBlue NoteVillage Vanguard NYC (Live)David Baker
1985Wynton MarsalisJ MoodColumbiaRCA Studios NYCTim Geelan
1986Cecil TaylorFor OlimSoul NoteAkademie Der Kunste, Workshop Freie Musik, Berlin (Live)Jost Gebers
1986Edward VesalaLumiECMFonnivox Studios (Helsinki, Finland)Risto Hemmi
1986Evan ParkerThe Snake DecidesIncusSt, Paul's Church (Oxford, England)Michael Gerzon
1986Ran BlakeThe Short Life of Barbara MonkSoul NoteBlue Ray (Carlisle, MA)Gragg Lunsford, Mark Wessel, Rob Feaster
1989Anthony BraxtonEugeneBlack SaintBeall Concert Hall (Eugene, OR)Mark Gordon
1989Scott HamiltonPlays BalladsConcord JazzA&R NYCMichael MacDonald
1990Kenny WheelerMusic for Large and Small EnsemblesECMRainbow Studio (Oslo), CTS Studios (London)Jan Erik Kongshaug
1991Charles GayleTouchin' on TraneFMPHaus der jungen Talente BerlinJost Gebers, Holger Scheurmann
1993Bill FrisellHave a Little FaithElektra NonesuchRPM Studios NYCJoe Ferla
1994John SurmanA Biography of the Rev. Absalom DaweECMRainbow Studio (Oslo)Jan Erik Kongshaug
1994Paul BleyTime Will TellECMRainbow Studio (Oslo)Jan Erik Kongshaug
1995Abdullah IbrahimYaronaTiptoeSweet Basil Jazz Club NYC (Live)David Baker
1995Paul MotianSound of LoveWinter & WinterVillage Vanguard NYC (Live)Joe Ferla
1996Brad MehldauThe Art of the Trio, Vol. 1Warner Bros.Mad Hatter LABernie Kirsch, James Farber
1996Charlie HadenBeyond the Missouri SkyVerveRight Track + Clinton NYCJay Newland
1996John ScofieldQuietVervePower Station NYC, Pyramid SoundJames Farber
1996ROVABingoVICTOSharkbite (Oakland, CA)Myles Boisen
1996Tomasz StankoLeosiaECMRainbow Studio (Oslo)Jan Erik Kongshaug
1997Bob BrookmeyerNew Works/CelebrationChallengeBauer (Ludwigsburg, Germany)Carlos Albrecht
1998Dave DouglasConvergenceSoul NoteSound on Sound NYCJon Rosenberg
1999Arne DomnerusFace to FaceDragonStudio 9, Swedish Radio StockholmRune Andreasson
1999Bobo StensonSerenityECMHageGarden Music Center SwedenAke Linton
2000Sonny RollinsThis Is What I DoMilestoneClinton NYCTroy Halderson
2000Warren Vaché2GetherNagel HeyerAmbient (Easton, CT)Michael MacDonald
2004Maria SchneiderConcert in the GardenArtistShareAvatar NYCDavid Baker
2004Roscoe MitchellComposition/Improvisation Nos. 1, 2 & 3ECMMuffathalle (Munchen, Germany)Manfred Eicher, Stefano Amerio
2005Mario PavoneDeez to BluesPlayscapeSystems Two BrooklynJoe Marciano
2006Ron McClureSoft HandsSteepleChaseUnknownJon Rosenberg

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