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The Color of Jazz: Album Cover Photographs by Pete Turner Available Now

Legendary album cover photographer Pete Turner (pictured) is set to release a compilation of his most acclaimed album covers of the last 50 years entitled The Color of Jazz.

Turner, credited for cover images of artists such as Count Basie, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Quincy Jones, Freddie Hubbard and Steely Dan, is noted for his signature bold color and vivid images.

The Color of Jazz displays over 100 record covers in near original size, including many rare, collectable covers such as Stanley Turrentine’s Sugar, Milt Jackson’s Cherry, Joe Farrell’s Canned Funk and Oliver Nelson’s Blues and the Abstract Truth. Several of these photographs are the result of Turner’s relationship with producer Creed Taylor and jazz labels Impulse, Verve and CTI.

“What is incredible about Turner’s work is that he was taking the visual language of photographs to areas that have never been used before-using shapes and faces in interesting ways that were reflective of the adventurous spirit of the 1960s. These albums were doing the same thing. The marriage of the images and the music is enigmatic, mysterious and evocative. Turner created his own visual vocabulary,” asserts journalist Ashley Kahn.

The book also includes a forward by Grammy award-winning musician and producer Quincy Jones, as well as an introduction by Kahn.

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