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Top Contemporary Jazz July 8, 1988: George Howard, Bobby MeFerrin and More

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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.

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3 responses to “Top Contemporary Jazz July 8, 1988: George Howard, Bobby MeFerrin and More”

  1. Peter J Blume Avatar

    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

  2. Vince Avatar

    Hello John,

    You probably mean “Rites of Summer” by Spyro Gyra.

  3. Simon Toussifar Avatar
    Simon Toussifar

    George Howard is just brilliant!

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