Record Producer Teo Macero Dies at 82

Veteran record producer Teo Macero died Tuesday in Riverhead, N.Y. after a long illness. He was 82.

As a staff producer at Columbia Records in the 1950s, Macero produced jazz albums by Charles Mingus and Thelonious Monk, among others. He also produced Dave Brubeck's landmark LP Time Out.

But it was his work with trumpeter Miles Davis — especially in the late '60s — that earned him the most recognition. Davis recorded hours of audio tape with a collection of musicians. Then Macero heavily cut and edited the tapes into some of the most influential records of their time. Among them were the albums Bitches Brew and In A Silent Way.

Record Producer Teo Macero Dies at 82

Time Out

Dave Brubeck

  • Artist: Dave Brubeck Quartet
  • Album: Time Out
  • Song: Blue Rondo a la Turk

In 1959, the same year he produced Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, Teo Macero produced this collection of Dave Brubeck's experiments in odd-meter jazz. It was an immediate hit, and went on to become one of the all-time best-selling albums in jazz history.

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Blue Rondo a la Turk
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Time Out
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Dave Brubeck Quartet
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Sony/BMG Jazz
Released
1959

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Straight No Chaser

Thelonious Monk

  • Artist: Thelonious Monk
  • Album: Straight, No Chaser
  • Song: Straight, No Chaser

As a staff producer at Columbia Records, Macero was responsible for signing pianist Thelonious Monk to the label. Monk would make most of his recorded output after 1961 for Macero, including the music from this 1967 session.

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Straight, No Chaser
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Straight, No Chaser
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Thelonious Monk
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Columbia/Legacy
Released
1966

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Bitches Brew

Miles Davis

  • Artist: Miles Davis
  • Album: Bitches Brew
  • Song: Bitches Brew

For more than a decade, Macero oversaw Miles Davis' tremendous artistic growth at Columbia Records. But for the 1969 recording of Bitches Brew, Macero had a larger hand in the proceedings: He heavily edited the musicians' in-studio jams to create powerful, spacey grooves. [This recording is an excerpt.]

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Bitches Brew
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Bitches Brew
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