In the earlier days of this site, I ran a top ten list of the most popular contemporary jazz recordings at the time. This chart was based on sales and radio play. Here were the top 10 from April 30, 1999:
- Boney James – Body Language
- Joe Sample featuring Lalah Hathaway – The Song Lives On
- Tom Scott & the L.A. Express – Smokin’ Section
- David Sanborn – Inside
- Inner Shade – 4 Corners
- Gota – Let’s Get Started
- Nite Flyte – Ascension
- Quincy Jones – From Q, With Love
- 3rd Force – Force Field
- Kenny G, Greatest Hits
And the top 10 from April 17, 1994:
- David Benoit/Russ Freeman – The Benoit/Freeman Project
- Paul Hardcastle – Hardcastle
- Dave Weckl – Hard-Wired
- The Solsonics – Jazz in the Present Tense
- Mark Johnson – Mark Johnson
- Incognito – Positivity
- Bob James – Restless
- Pat Metheny/John Scofield – I Can See Your House from Here
- United Future Organization – United Future Organization
- Mark Portmann – Driving Beverly Hills
Here were the top-selling contemporary jazz recordings in summer 1988, according to the July 8, 1988 issue of Billboard!
- George Howard – Reflections
- Bobby McFerrin – Simple Pleasures
- Basia – Time and Tide
- Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman – Kilamanjaro
- David Benoit – Every Step of the Way
- Tim Heintz – Searching the Heart
- Chick Corea – Eye of the Beholder
- Dianne Reeves – Dianne Reeves
- Kirk Whalum – And You Know That!
- Shadowfax – Folksongs for a Nuclear Village
Entering the chart that week was a number of releases that would be headed toward the top: Spyro Gyra’s Rites of Summer, Politics by Yellowjackets, If This Bass Could Talk by Stanley Clarke, and Sade’s Stronger Than Pride.
Billboard reported these as the Top Contemporary Jazz Albums of 1997:
- The Moment – Kenny G
- Sweet Thing – Boney James
- Dream Walk – Keiko Matsui
- Que Pasa – Gato Barbieri
- A Twist of Jobim – Various Artists
- Soulful Strut – Grover Washington, Jr.
- Breathless – Kenny G
- Caravan of Dreams – Peter White
- Beneath the Surface – Incognito
- Body and Soul – Rick Braun
This year’s top jazz albums are on the Billboard site. Looks like another good year for Tony Bennett.
In the earlier days of this site, I ran a top ten list of the most popular contemporary jazz at the time. This chart was based on sales and radio play. Here were the top 10 from December 5, 1997!
- Jonathan Butler, Do You Love Me?, N2K Encoded Music
- Bob James, Playin’ Hooky, Warner Bros.
- Boney James, Sweet Thing, Warner Bros.
- Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, Black Diamond, Peak/Windham Hill
- Brian Culbertson, Secrets, Bluemoon
- Chris Botti, Midnight Without You, Verve Forecast
- Candy Dulfer, For the Love of You, N2K Encoded Music
- Joyce Cooling, Playing It Cool, Heads Up
- David Benoit, American Landscape, GRP
- Earl Klugh, The Journey, Warner Bros.
Here’s the top-selling contemporary jazz albums, according to Billboard magazine, in mid-July of years past.
25 years ago: Larry Carlton, Alone/But Never Alone
15 years ago: Quincy Jones, Q’s Jook Joint
10 years ago: Brian Culbertson, Nice and Slow
5 years ago: Wayman Tisdale, Way Up