Top Contemporary Jazz Albums – June 20, 1996

These were the top selling contemporary jazz recordings 25 years ago this week, as reported by Billboard magazine.

  1. Q's Joke Joint by Quincy JonesQuincy Jones, Q’s Jook Joint
  2. Kenny G, Breathless
  3. The John Tesh Project, Discovery
  4. Russ Freeman & the Rippingtons, Brave New World
  5. Randy Crawford, Naked and True
  6. Jerald Daemyon, Thinking About You
  7. George Howard, Attitude Adjustment
  8. Will Downing, Moods
  9. Fourplay, Elixir
  10. Boney James, Seduction
  11. Richard Elliot, City Speak

Lee Sklar on Tim Weisberg

Legendary bassist Lee Sklar has a YouTube channel where he talks about the legion of musicians he’s worked with. He also plays his bass line on the Phil Collins videos I’ve watched.

Last week, he posted a video about a recording he played on that the audience of this site will especially appreciate. It was the 1989 album by flute player Tim Weisberg, Outrageous Temptations. According to his website, Tim is “is widely considered one of the pioneers in rock/jazz fusion.” On this recording, you’ll hear a lot of great flute and also a lot of David Benoit (who Sklar keeps pronouncing Ben-OY instead of Ben-WAH) and Russ Freeman of the Rippingtons. In addition to playing, Benoit and Freeman wrote and arrange much of the music.  It’s a great throwback to their sound then. 

Outrageous Temptations by Tim Weisberg

25 Years!

I just realized that this is the 25th year that this site has existed! Hopefully I’ll find time to sit down and reflect on a quarter century of sharing contemporary jazz news, reviews, and such! Wow.