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Record Producer Teo Macero Dies at 82

Veteran record producer Teo Macero died Tuesday in Riverhead, N.Y. after a long illness. He was 82.

As a staff producer at Columbia Records in the 1950s, Macero produced jazz albums by Charles Mingus and Thelonious Monk, among others. He also produced Dave Brubeck's landmark LP Time Out.

But it was his work with trumpeter Miles Davis — especially in the late '60s — that earned him the most recognition. Davis recorded hours of audio tape with a collection of musicians. Then Macero heavily cut and edited the tapes into some of the most influential records of their time. Among them were the albums Bitches Brew and In A Silent Way.

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Felix Contreras
Felix Contreras is co-creator and co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's pioneering radio show and podcast celebrating Latin music and culture since 2010.