Here are the top selling contemporary jazz recordings as listed by Billboard on March 2, 2002. The Pat Metheny Group’s Speaking of Now debuted at #1.
- Pat Metheny Group – Speaking Of Now
- Boney James – Ride
- Chris Botti – Night Sessions
- Various Artists – Hidden Beach Recordings Presents: Unwrapped Vol. 1
- Walter Beasley – Rendezvous
- David Benoit – Fuzzy Logic
- Andre Ward Orpheus – Feelin’ You
- Peter White – Glow
- The John Scofield Band – Uberjam
- St. Germain – Tourist
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.