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The Top 10 Jazz Album Covers of All Time

These classic discs look as good as they sound

George Benson
Body Talk (CTI)

Like many great jazz record labels, Creed Taylor’s short-lived but very influential (and successful) CTI Records had both a sound and a look. The photographer Pete Turner provided the lion’s share of those vivid and nearly electric color images that also utilized the gatefold album format to expand the usual 12″ x 12″ square canvas. This essential record by guitarist Benson features a cover image by Turner that honestly has no obvious connection to the title or the sound. How cool is that? The album, which features arrangements by Pee Wee Ellis and sidemen such as Harold Mabern, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, and a 19-year-old guitarist named Earl Klugh, pretty much typifies the funky, plugged-in sound of CTI in the ’70s.

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