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Teo Macero

(10/30/1925 – 2/19/2008)

Teo Macero

Teo Macero was truly one of a kind. In my opinion, he was the prototype musician-producer-composer-arranger bon vivant. Who else wears an ascot in our current music scene? He was a big kid, always experimenting, always looking for new and exciting developments in production. And he always paid you at the end of the day, writing you a check by hand from his briefcase that he always carried. Old school. He liked to have business meetings at Ben Benson’s Steakhouse in midtown Manhattan. I should be dead of a heart attack from the amount of prime steak we consumed at that bistro.

He encouraged me to intellectually intimidate music executives. He said the producer’s sworn enemy is the accountant. He was of the mindset that if you figured it out by yourself you would not ask the question, so I would constantly call him up and say, “Aha! You did such and such to get so-and-so,” and he would laugh. That laugh, depending on the pitch, meant either “You got it!” or “You idiot!” Once he trusted you, all kinds of tidbits of production techniques would emerge. He impressed upon me the idea of having as meaningful a professional relationship with a recording engineer as you would with an artist.

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