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.