Teo Macero

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Teo Macero

American jazz saxophonist, composer, and record producer add

Category: Music (655)

Born in 1925.

Countries: United States (61%), New York (14%), (11%)

Main connections: Miles Davis, Jazz, Charles Mingus

Linked to: Columbia Records, Kansas City Symphony, Salt Lake Symphony, London Philharmonic Orchestra




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Teo Macero was born in 1925 add something


After serving in the United States Navy, he moved to New York City in 1948 to attend the Juilliard School of Music add something


Boyd Raeburn - During the 1950s Raeburn was lured to Columbia Records by producers Mitch Miller and Teo Macero to make three albums for the label, but as usual in most of his projects during this period, Miller insisted on the band playing more commercial


He studied composition, and graduated from Juilliard in 1953 with Bachelor's and Master's degrees add something


In 1953, Macero co-founded Charles Mingus' Jazz Composers Workshop, and became a major contributor to the New York City avant-garde jazz scene add something


Ernie Royal - In the following 20 years he would work with Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Wardell Gray, Stan Kenton and recording as a member of the Charles Mingus Octet, with Teo Macero, John Lewis and Kenny Clarke, among others, in 1953


"Explorations" was originally released in 1954 on Mingus' Debut Records, and was reissued on CD in 2006 on Fresh Sounds Records, with additional tracks add something


He joined Columbia in 1957, and produced hundreds of records while at the label add something


The 1958 short experimental film "Bridges-Go-Round" by filmmaker Shirley Clarke featured two alternative soundtracks, one by Louis and Bebe Barron and one by Macero add something


Thelonious Monk - Working with producer Teo Macero on his debut for the label, the sessions in the first week of November had a stable line-up that had been with him for two years: tenor saxophonist Charlie_Rouse, bassist John Ore, and drummer Frankie Dunlop.


Funk - From a musical standpoint, the album was a culmination of sorts of the "musique concrète" approach that Davis and producer Teo Macero had begun to explore in the late 1960s


Jazz - The album was a culmination of sorts of the "musique concrète" approach that Davis and producer Teo Macero had begun to explore in the late 1960s


Miles Davis - Sessions with Davis and Evans in 1962 resulted in the album Quiet Nights, a short collection of bossa novas that was released against the wishes of both artists: Evans stated it was only half an album, and blamed the record company; Davis blamed producer Teo Macero, whom he didn't speak to for more than two years.


This idea of taking jazz away from its birth, genesis and flowering as a live art and into the studio would soon become standard practice, but in 1969 it was groundbreaking add something


In the 1970s and 1980s, Macero released a handful of his own albums, including "Time Plus Seven", "Impressions of Charles Mingus", and "Acoustical Suspension", before founding his own label, Teorecords, in 1999 add something


On Davis' 1970 release, "Bitches Brew", Macero continued to expand his innovative practices, and "Bitches Brew" not only became a controversial classic of musical innovation, it became renowned for its pioneering use of studio technology add something


Andre Kostelanetz - Some of the arrangers credited on 1970s Kostelanetz albums include Teo Macero, Torrie_Zito, Hank Levy, Luther Henderson, Jack Cortner, Eddie Sauter, Claus Ogerman, Jack Pleis, Tommy Newsom, Harold Wheeler, Bobby Scott, LaMont Johnson, Wade Marcus, Patrick Williams, Sammy Nestico, Warren Vincent, Dick Hyman, Jorge Calandrelli and Don Sebesky


Macero is acknowledged on the 1973 Mingus album "Let My Children Hear Music", for "his untiring efforts in producing the best album I have ever made add something


In 1975, Macero left Columbia and formed his own production company add something


The album became the best-selling jazz album of its time, selling 500,000 copies by 1976, when most successful jazz albums sold less than 30,000 copies add something


John Serry - Montreux Jazz Festival - The album was co-produced by Miles Davis' producer, Teo Macero, and the group performed at the 1978 Montreux Jazz Festival


However, he continued to work with Davis until 1983, and continued to produce records for Columbia throughout his career add something


Brian Eno, a producer who has worked extensively with U2 and Talking Heads, among others, talked about Macero's influence on him in a 1996 interview with "jazzthetik" magazine add something


In 2001, Miles Davis biographer Paul Tingen likened Macero's role in the electric music of Davis to that of George Martin with The Beatles add something

Teo Macero died in 2008 add something


On the evening February 19, 2008, Macero died in his sleep after a long battle with pneumonia add something