Worked with Miles Davis
Teo Macero, a record producer and composer who produced several notable albums for Miles Davis, died Feb. 19 in Riverhead, N.Y. He was 82.
On Davis’s albums like “Bitches Brew,” “In a Silent Way” and “Get Up With It,” Macero used electric jazz and improvisation techniques including tape editing to help shape the music.
Born in Glen Falls, N.Y, he served in the Navy and attended the Juilliard School of Music. He started working with Charles Mingus in the Jazz Composers Workshop and made records for Mingus and Max Roach’s Debut Records.
Macero also worked as a tenor saxophonist, playing with Mingus, Teddy Charles, the Sandole Brothers and others. He joined Columbia Records in 1957 as an editor and then a producer, working with artists including J.J. Johnson, Mahalia Jackson, Johnny Mathis, Thelonious Monk and Dave Brubeck and producing Broadway cast albums like “A Chorus Line” and film soundtracks.
After leaving Columbia in 1975, he worked with Robert Palmer, the Lounge Lizards, Vernon Reid and D.J. Logic.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; a sister and a stepdaughter.