Miles Davis‘ man with the razor blade (that’s a reference to tape-splicing, kids), Teo Macero, has gone to the amorphous, jazz-funk gig in the sky.
Macero got his start as a saxophonist and composer, but he’s best known as Columbia Records’ in-house jazz producer. Before helping Miles blast off into the Deep Black Cosmos, Macero delivered classic sides from dudes like Dave Brubeck and Thelonious Monk.
Macero will most likely be remembered for his collage-approach to Miles’ compositions, artfully threading disparate jam sections into throbbing fusion masterpieces. Bitches Brew, the avant-funk shot heard ’round the world, was only the beginning. By the time Miles got to On the Corner, Macero had reached the outer limits of splicing and dicing.
Mighty fine work for a lifetime.