Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Music & Performing Arts


Throughout jazz history there were many albums within the genre that were pivotal to jazz's historic longevity. Albums like, Kind of Blue, Giant Steps, Ah Um, Time Out and many more, are nostalgic and everlasting. But why? Artists like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Joshua Redman and Kamasi Washington, have a certain sound within their respective albums that was captured. Each artist worked with audio engineers like Rudy Van Gelder, Frank Laico, James Farber and Tony Austin to achieve their vision of how their albums should sound. This capstone focuses on these aforementioned audio engineers who were involved in the process of making these albums. The paper also includes their philosophies, techniques, equipment and overall approaches to recording and mixing jazz music. Hopefully this research will shed light on who these audio engineers were and that this topic will be expanded upon in the future. Thank you for reading!