Pete Turner, the photgrapher whose work became cover art for dozens of memorable jazz albums,has died at 83. His pictures, including the one above, often appeared on albums of Creed Taylor’s CTI label in the 1960s and ‘70s. Following the digital revolution, CTI also used them on CD reissues of classic albums. For more about Turner, including photos of some of his other covers, see Nate Chinen’s article on WBGO’s website.
While we acknowledge Turner’s artistry, let’s listen to a piece from Jim Hall’s remarkable <em>Concierto</em> with Hall, guitar; Paul Desmond, alto saxophone; Chet Baker, trumpet; Ron Carter, bass; Steve Gadd, drums; and Roland Hanna, piano. Here’s the title track, Hall’s adaptation of the Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez.”
RIP Pete Turner and all of the Concierto musicians except Ron Carter and Steve Gadd. The album itself is alive and well.