Top of the Chart – July 1988


Reflections by George HowardHere were the top-selling contemporary jazz recordings in summer 1988, according to the July 8, 1988 issue of Billboard!

  1. George Howard – Reflections
  2. Bobby McFerrin – Simple Pleasures
  3. Basia – Time and Tide
  4. Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman – Kilamanjaro
  5. David Benoit – Every Step of the Way
  6. Tim Heintz – Searching the Heart
  7. Chick Corea – Eye of the Beholder
  8. Dianne Reeves – Dianne Reeves
  9. Kirk Whalum – And You Know That!
  10. 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.


  1. Hey John,

    …so nice to reminisce of these good old days in our music-in-common’s history;

    Every Step of the Way is definitely one of my ‘Desert Island’ albums, Kilamanjaro is probably 1 of my 2 favorite albums from easily one of my favorite SJ bands (the other is Tourist in Paradise), If This Bass Could Talk–GREAT album from one of my favorite bass players, & Bobby McFerrin is truly a ‘genius’–a word I hardly ever use. People who only know him as the ‘Dont Worry Be Happy’ guy have totally missed out…

    Thanks for posting John!
    Best regards,

    -Peter J Blume
    trumpet & trombone

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