17 October 2007
For anyone who has been wondering "Who the hell is Pete Turner?" many of you will be familiar with his photography on album covers(notably CTI).I have just bought this great book which reproduces much of his work and describes how the images were arrived at and the context in which they were used for the lps.
The book is superb with high definition glossy artwork which beautifully captures the mood of the original sleeves.
Read more about Pete Turner at Doug Payne.com and here's a review of the book from the same site:
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.