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January 07, 2006


Richard Friedman

Teo Macero was an influential force in NY jazz scene in the 60's. Bernstein and the NY Phil even played an orchestral piece of his, but I've forgotten its name or what it sounded like. All I remember is that it was a jazz fusion piece with a jazz combo on stage with the orchestra, and it was very much in the style of Maynard Ferguson.

Macero's name turned up a lot. And apparently he's still active. See

It's clear that someone had to be at the controls during Miles' Bitches Brew sessions. This was a time when tape manipulation in the studio was all the rage. The Beatles had just discovered what they could do with it.

Richard Friedman

But I forgot to mention that Macero's connection with Varese isn't strange, since Varese's recordings came out on Columbia and I wouldn't be surprised if Macero was involved with those releases.

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