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Teo Macero, 1925–2008


Miles Davis & Teo Macero, 1969.

Teo Macero, composer and visionary producer of one of the greatest albums ever recorded, Bitches Brew by Miles Davis, died last week.

NYT obituary
Teo talks about working with Miles Davis
Jon Hassell explains why Bitches Brew is the best



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5 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by sebastiane


    Macero was a pioneer in modern jazz, he worked also with Dave Brubeck, Charlie Byrd, Thelonius Monk and…Leonard Bernstein.
    a great loss.

  2. #2 posted by Mark Godwin


    we have used the image from the haunter in the dark for a set of tracks called Starry Wisdom (Coulthart Aspect).
    if it annoys you mail me, and i will remove it.
    Your picture both inspired and generated sounds for the track
    Starry Wisdom (Coulthart Aspect)

  3. #3 posted by Mark Godwin


    btw agreed bitches brew remains the masterwork of tape editing, it is a long time comfort zone for me.

  4. #4 posted by John


    Hi Mark, no problem with that, of course, and thanks!

    I always think of Teo Macero as being the George Martin to Miles Davis’s Beatles. (And I’m pretty sure I must be the thousandth person to make that comparison.) The two complemented each other with their different skills and between them (and Miles’s musicians) managed to produce something greater than they would individually. However, as with the Beatles, it’s still down to the music in the end; without that incredible raw material, TM wouldn’t have had anything worth labouring over.

  5. #5 posted by Mark Godwin


    thanks John, yep the comparison is a good one due to the level of input they had.
    that is what a producer should do i guess.
    other obvious ones are: tony visconti, martin hannet, rushent and recently…nigel godrich






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