||Pete Turner's photographs are
familiar to many in the features and ads of nature, science,
travel, ladies and men's magazines.
While his work is also
featured on many book covers and in museums around the world,
Pete Turner is perhaps best known for the photos on the covers
of the greatest jazz albums issued over the last half century.
Many know these records by their
cover photos alone: the "Giraffe" album (Antonio Carlos Jobim's
"Wave"); the "Cheetah" album (Hubert Laws's "The Rite Of Spring"
- Mr. Laws's albums were always on the receiving end of some of
Turner's best work); or "Road Song", Wes Montgomery's final
album and one of Turner's most iconic photos. These are just a
few of the examples of how Pete Turner's photographs defined the
music they were attached to.
The Color Of Jazz - Album Cover
Photographs by Pete Turner, published in September 2006 by
Rizzoli, captures much of the beauty Pete Turner's photography
brought to the music world. Reflecting the colors Mr. Turner has
explored over the last fifty years, this album cover book is
like no other. It's not just an album cover book. And it's not
just a book on photography. It's something of a multimedia work
of art.An outstanding design by Will
Hopkins and Mary K. Baumann celebrates Mr. Turner's often iconic
work with (mostly accurate) text by celebrated jazz expert
Ashley Kahn, highlighting each work with quotes copped from
other sources and a few recent, revealing comments from the
photographer artist himself.
Quincy Jones offers a beautiful
foreword and producer Creed Taylor - who is responsible for much
of Turner's work appearing on album covers - offers a kind after
word. A highly recommended tribute to the work of Pete Turner,
which will especially please jazz fans of the 1960s and 1970s
who, like producer Creed Taylor, regard these albums for the
works of art that they truly are.
An invitation to Pete Turner's 9/15/06 lecture at George
Eastman House in support of his 8/12/06-2/04/07 show.
Traffic Light and
Empire State Building (1957): The cover image used
for the Kenyon Hopkins album, "The Sound Of New York"
Rolling Ball (1960):
One of Pete Turner's greatest images, used as the cover
to Dave Pike's 1962 album, "Pike's Peak"
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CDs | The Color Of Jazz