Columbia’s Jingle Bell Jazz, 1980 re-release

Jingle Bell Jazz is a collection of jazz versions of Christmas songs recorded between 1959 and 1962 by some of the most popular artists on the Columbia label. It was first issued October 17, 1962. The album was reissued twice on LP, in 1973 and 1980, with a track alteration and different cover art. These reissues replace side 2, track 3, originally “Frosty the Snowman” by The Dukes of Dixieland, with “Deck the Halls” by Herbie Hancock, recorded in 1969.

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Playlist:


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Side one, track one:

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Side one, track two:

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Side one, track three:

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Side one, track four:

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Side one, track five:

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Side one, track six:

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Side two, track one:

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Side two, track two:

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Side two, track three:

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Side two, track four:

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Side two, track five:

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Side two, track six:

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Charting the Charts: Maynard Ferguson – Conquistador (1977)

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Here’s a look at how the Maynard Ferguson album Conquistador fared on various charts:

1977
Date Billboard Jazz (40) Billboard 200 Cash Box 200 Cash Box Jazz (40)
April 2 159 157 17
April 9 18 121 127 8
April 16 110 107 6
April 23 3 91 87 5
April 30 81 81 5
May 7 70 75 6
May 14 6 49 69 6
May 21 40 62 6
May 28 2 37 57 5
June 4 29 52 6
June 11 1 26 49 7
June 18 24 47 6
June 25 3 22 45 7
July 2 22 47 7
July 9 9 45 56 6
July 16 45 67 15
July 23 7 68 80 16
July 30 68 98 17
Aug 6 * 64 102 16
Aug 13 62 121 22
Aug 20 6 62 160 23
Aug 27 58 174 28
Sept 3 78 30
Sept 10 14 103
Sept 17 103
Sept 24 15 195
Oct 1
Oct 8 15*

*In 1977, Billboard published a top 40 Jazz Albums list in the 2nd and 4th issue of every month but one: for some reason, charts were not published in the August 13 and August 27 issues. Instead, one chart was printed that month in the August 20 issue. Also, the October 8 chart was simply a reprint of the previous list of September 24.


REVIEWS:

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Billboard, March 26, 1977, p. 78

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Down Beat, July 14, 1977, p. 42


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Cash Box #1 Jazz Albums of 1977

In 1977 issue, Cash Box magazine published a Jazz Album list weekly.  Forty albums were ranked in each chart. Here’s a chart of the #1 jazz albums for 1977:

Week Ending Album Artist(s)
January 1 Breezin’ George Benson
January 8
January 15
January 22
January 29 A Secret Place Grover Washington, Jr.
February 5
February 12
February 19 In Flight George Benson
February 26
March 5
March 12
March 19
March 26
April 2
April 9
April 16 Heavy Weather Weather Report
April 23 In Flight George Benson
April 30 Heavy Weather Weather Report
May 7
May 14
May 21
May 28
June 4
June 11 Friends and Strangers Ronnie Laws
June 18 Heavy Weather Weather Report
June 25 Free as the Wind The Crusaders
July 2
July 9
July 16
July 23
July 30
August 6
August 13
August 20
August 27
September 3
September 10
September 17
September 24
October 1
October 8
October 15
October 22
October 29 Enigmatic Ocean Jean-Luc Ponty
November 5
November 12
November 19
November 26 Feels So Good Chuck Mangione
December 3 Reach for It George Duke
December 10
December 17 Heads Bob James
December 24
December 31

Dr. Smooth’s Flashback #7: Cash Box Jazz album chart of March 6, 1982

Spend an hour remembering some of the most popular jazz of late winter 1982 as listed on the Top 30 Jazz Albums chart in the March 6, 1982 issue of Cash Box magazine.

Playlist:


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#30: “Baby, Come to Me” by Patti Austin with James Ingram, from the #30 album of the week, Every Home Should Have One. This smooth single was written by Rod Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones, the duo that would bring the world Michael Jackson’s Thriller album later in the year. It was released without much impact in the spring of ’82, but was re-released in October after being feature on the soap opera General Hospital and became a huge hit on the pop, adult contemporary and R&B charts. The immediately recognizable voice of Michael McDonald sings back up on the chorus. Patti, the goddaughter of Quincy Jones, was the first signee to his new label, Qwest and this album was one of the label’s first releases. This was the album’s last of 19 weeks on the jazz chart.

Cash Box Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Top 200 Albums 55 25

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#29: “The Man With the Horn” by Miles Davis, from the #29 album of the week, The Man With the Horn. This title track, a tribute to Davis himself (“His music sets the pace but masters never have to race”), features lead vocals by Randy Hall and trumpet work by Miles filtered through some sort of wa-wa synthesizer throughout. The album, Davis’s first new release since 1975 following a six-year reclusive retirement, was not well-received by critics but spent over 30 weeks on the Cash Box jazz chart, peaking at #1 back around September, 1981.

Cash Box Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Top Albums 40 16

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#28: “It’s for You” by Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays, from the #28 album of the week, As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls. Side one of this album features the  epic 20 minute title track; this song from side two, however, became one of the more popular cuts on the album, having later been covered by several artists and appearing in the 1985 Kevin Costner movie, Fandango. The album is notable as one of the few albums in which Metheny, in addition to his signature guitar work, also plays bass. The album had peaked on the chart at #2 in August, 1981.

Cash Box Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Top Albums 61 20

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#21: “Telluride” by Spyro Gyra from the #21 album, Freetime. This cut from the group’s 1981 album features mallet work by Dave Samuels and a saxophone solo from band leader/composer/producer Jay Beckenstein. The album, the group’s fifth, had peaked at #3 in early October, 1981.

Cash Box Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Top Albums 40 29

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#19: “Segue/There’s a Way” by Ronnie Laws from the #19 album, Solid Ground. The second and third tracks on Laws’ 1981 album. “There’s a Way” features vocals and sax work by Laws. After attending Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, Laws was briefly a member of Earth, Wind & Fire and the influence of Maurice White is evident on this track. This album was Laws’ sixth solo effort and had previously peaked at #5 on the jazz albums chart.

Cash Box Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Top Albums 55 22

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#15: “Valdez in the Country” by the Ernie Watts from the #15 album, Chariots of Fire. This cover of a 1973 Donny Hathaway instrumental leads off side two of this album, Watts’ first solo album on the aforementioned Qwest label. In addition to tenor sax work from Watts, the track features a synth solo by Don Grusin and trumpet arrangements by studio legend Jerry Hey. Half of the album’s eight tracks are covers of music from Vangelis’ soundtrack to Chariots of Fire.

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Cash Box Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Top Albums 156 9

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#10: “Sleepwalk” by Larry Carlton from the #10 album, Sleepwalk. This title track is a cover of the instrumental by Santo & Johnny that hit #1 in 1959. The song features Carlton on his  Valley Arts Stratocaster and was released as a single and briefly placed on the adult contemporary charts in ’82.

Cash Box Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Top Albums 88 10

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#9: “As” by Jean-Luc Ponty from the #9 album, Mystical AdventuresThe third consecutive cover on this compilation is fusion cover of Stevie Wonder’s “As.” The song features solos by Ponty on electric violin and Jamie Glaser on guitar; Ponty also tries his hand at the vocoder. The bass player on this cut is Randy Jackson, who would go on to become a judge on American Idol.

Cash Box Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Top Albums 68 15

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#8: “Time to Say Goodbye” by Angela Bofill from the #8 album, Something About You. The ballad, written by Bofill, closed this 1981 album, produced by Narada Michael Walden. It was selected as the B-side for two of the album’s three singles. Like our previous Ponty cut, this song features Randy Jackson on bass. On this date, the album had been on the jazz album chart for 17 weeks and had begun its descent from a peak at #5.

Cash Box Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Top Albums 66 26

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#5: “Twinkle” by Earl Klugh from the #5 album, Crazy for You. This upbeat piece features Klugh on acoustic guitar, Paulinho Da Costa on percussion, and Louis Johnson (of The Brothers Johnson) on bass. Klugh solos on guitar and Greg Phillinganes contributes an electric piano solo. The album, Klugh’s eighth, had earlier peaked at #3 in late January.

Cash Box Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Top Albums 59 26

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#2: “Turn Your Love Around” by George Benson from the #2 album, The George Benson Collection. This hit single, the lead track from the 1981 greatest hits 2 LP set was written by Bill Champlin of Chicago, guitarist Steve Lukather of Toto and producer/guitarist Jay Graydon. The song won a Grammy award for Best R&B Song. The album, which earlier spent 5 weeks in the #1 spot, was a compilation of Benson’s best work from the years 1969-1981.

Cash Box Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Top Albums 17 30

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#1: “Jamming” by Grover Washington, Jr. from the #1 album, Come Morning.  This cover of a 1977 Bob Marley tune smooths out the original’s reggae lilt and opened side two of the album. The album features an all-star cast of musicians including Steve Gadd, Marcus Miller, Richard Tee, and Eric Gale. This chart marked the album’s fifth consecutive week in the top position. The song was released as a single b/w “East River Drive.”

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Cash Box Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Top Albums 31 27

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As always, thanks to Herc of Herc’s Hideaway for research assistance and support.

Cash Box #1 Jazz Albums of 1976

Beginning with the July 10, 1976 issue, Cash Box magazine published a Jazz Album list weekly.  Forty albums were ranked in each chart. Here’s a chart of the sole #1 jazz album for the latter half of 1976:

Week Ending Album Artist(s)
July 10 Breezin’ George Benson
July 17
July 24
July 31
August 7
August 14
August 21
August 28
September 4
September 11
September 18
September 25
October 2
October 9
October 16
October 23
October 30
November 6
November 13
November 20
November 27
December 4
December 11
December 18
December 25

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Charting the Charts: Tom Scott – Apple Juice (1981)

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Here’s a look at how the Tom Scott album Apple Juice fared in various publications:

1981
Date Billboard Jazz (50) Billboard 200 Cash Box 200 Cash Box Jazz (30)
July 11 34 161 173 23
July 18 20 147 151 15
July 25 10 127 138 10
Aug 1 10 125 128 10
Aug 8 9 123 125 10
Aug 15 9 143 122 9
Aug 22 7 131 122 8
Aug 29 11 131 138 8
Sept 5 10 125 7
Sept 12 17 168 7
Sept 19 17 200 7
Sept 26 13 9
Oct 3  12 12
Oct 10 11 11
Oct 17 12 10
Oct 24 20 15
Oct 31 18 20
Nov 7 18 19
Nov 14 21 19
Nov 21 21 27
Nov 28 24 28
Dec 5 24 26
Dec 12 27
Dec 19 35
Dec 26 34
1982
Date Billboard Jazz (50) Billboard 200 Cashbox 200 Cash Box Jazz (30)
Jan 9 34
Jan 16 32
Jan 23 31
Jan 30 27
Feb 6 43

REVIEWS:

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DownBeat, January 1982, pp. 34-35

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Billboard, June 27, 1981, p. 70

Dr. Smooth’s Flashback #6: Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart of August 20, 1988

Spend an hour remembering some of the most popular jazz of late summer 1988 as listed on the Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart in the August 20, 1988 issue of Billboard magazine.

Playlist:


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#25: “Put It Where You Want It” by George Shaw and Jetstream, from the #25 album of the week, Skywalkers. This classic Crusaders tune was the lead track from this covers album; that’s the Crusaders’ Wilton Felder on saxophone. The album had premiered on the Contemporary Jazz chart on July 9; this week marked its final appearance.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Contemporary Jazz 19 8

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#24: “Spread Love” by Take 6, from the #24 album of the week, Take 6. The a capella gospel album premiered on the chart this week before having a surprising ten week. The album spent 2 full years on a Billboard chart that went through 3 names during those two years: “Spiritual,” “Inspirational,” and, finally, “Contemporary Christian.” The album won a Grammy award for Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus while this song won for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Contemporary Jazz 19 10
Billboard 200 71 19
R&B 41 22
Spiritual/Inspirational 3 104

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#23: “River Song” by Dave Grusin and Don Grusin, from the #23 album of the week, Sticks and Stones.  Keyboardists Dave and younger brother Don put out this album on Dave’s GRP label (Dave is the G in GRP). This album only charted for 2½ months, but Dave was too busy to mind – he won the best original score Oscar in 1988 for his soundtrack to The Milagro Beanfield War.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Contemporary Jazz 14 10

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#22: “Nothing Can Come Between Us” by Sade from the #22 album, Stronger Than Pride. This was a successful single from a huge album – the single peaked at #3 R&B and #21 Adult Contemporary. Despite the fact that only lead singer Sade Adu appears on the album covers, the label and musicians insist that Sade is a band name.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Contemporary Jazz 21 12
Billboard 200 7 45
R&B 3 44

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#19: “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” by Patti Austin from the #19 album, The Real Me. This album, Austin’s seventh, consists mainly of standards updated with modern arrangements. This cut was written by composer Jerome Kern and lyricist Otto Harbach for the 1933 musical Roberta. This version was arranged and produced by David Pack (Ambrosia) and features sax work from Ernie Watts.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Contemporary Jazz 7 16
R&B 56 14

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#16: “Los Cabos” by the Rippingtons from the #16 album, Kilimanjaro. The band’s second album, this album had debuted on the Contemporary Jazz chart at #9 on April 30; it was near the end of its chart run on this date.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Contemporary Jazz 3 20
Billboard 200 110 15
1988 Jazz Year End 14

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#14: “The Power of Suggestion” by Richard Elliot from the #14 album, The Power of Suggestion. The title track from this instrumental pop album was featured on many of the emerging smooth jazz radio stations at the time. That’s bassist Cliff Hugo doing his best imitation of Jimmy Haslip of the Yellowjackets. The album premiered on the Contemporary Jazz chart July 23 and was still on its ascent.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Contemporary Jazz 12 14

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#13: “Coulda’, Woulda’, Shoulda'” by The Crusaders from the #13 album, Life in the Modern World.  The band was well into its third decade at this point and its popularity was waning. This track  features the usual stellar performances from pianist Joe Sample and the aforementioned Felder. This week, the album’s fifth on the chart, marked its peak.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Contemporary Jazz 13 10

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#9: “The Key to You” by David Benoit from the #9 album, Every Step of the Way. David Pack makes a second appearance on this flashback playlist, this time as songwriter and vocalist on this track which dented the Adult Contemporary chart, peaking at #40. The song was co-written by Benoit, who contributes several piano solos. The album, Benoit’s eleventh, was nominated for a Best Jazz Fusion Performance Grammy award.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Contemporary Jazz 4 22
Billboard 200 129 14
1988 Jazz Year End 15

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#7: “Local Hero” by Yellowjackets from the #7 album, Politics. This was the album’s seventh week on the chart and was still climbing. This album won the Grammy award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance. On their 1992 live album, Live Wires, the band would rename this song “The Dream” and feature Michael Franks on vocals.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Contemporary Jazz 5 20
1988 Jazz Year End 20

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#4: “Drive My Car” by Bobby McFerrin from the #4 album, Simple Pleasures.  A Beatles cover from a huge summer album. The album would hold the #1 spot on the Contemporary Jazz chart for 4 weeks, June 11 – July 8 and later for 6 weeks, October 1 – November 11, but wouldn’t exit the chart until the following May.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Contemporary Jazz 1 54
Billboard 200 5 55
R&B 12 41
1988 Jazz Year End 3

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#3: “Claire’s Dream” by Spyro Gyra from the #3 album, Rites of Summer. The lead track from the group’s 1988 offering, this track was written by saxophonist/producer Jay Beckenstein. Following this week at #3, the album would spend 4 weeks in the top spot before being ousted by the above McFerrin album.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Contemporary Jazz 1 20
Billboard 200 104 8
1988 Jazz Year End 12

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#2: “Time and Tide” by Basia from the #2 album, Tide and Tide. The video for this track received some airplay on MTV and boosted the single to several charts: #19 Adult Contemporary, #26 pop. The album spent the month prior to this August 20 chart in the #1 spot. It charted a remarkable 62 consecutive weeks, from February 20, 1988 through April 15, 1989.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Contemporary Jazz 1 62
Billboard 200 36 77
1988 Jazz Year End 2

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#1: “Lesley Ann” by David Sanborn from the #1 album, Close-Up.  In the top spot in only its fifth week on the chart, this would be its only appearance at #1. It would remain on the Contemporary Jazz chart, however, through April 1989. This track features guitarist Hiram Bullock, producer/bassist Marcus Miller, and vocals by Michael Ruff. The album won the Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist).

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Contemporary Jazz 1 40
Billboard 200 59 28
R&B 38 19
1988 Jazz Year End 9

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As always, thanks to Herc of Herc’s Hideaway for research assistance and support.

Cranberry Records

In late 1985, MCA Records offered basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar his own jazz imprint, Cranberry Records. Unfortunately, the label never got off the ground. What follows is a documentation of the label’s short life as told through primary sources:



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Billboard, December 28, 1985, p. 71


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Billboard, February 15, 1986, p. 56


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Billboard, February 22, 1986, p. 52


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Billboard, March 22, 1986, p. 60


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Rolling Stone, April 10, 1986, p. 17


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Billboard, March 21, 1987, p. 31


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Down Beat, April 1987, p. 13


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Billboard, April 4, 1987, p. 33


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Billboard, May 16, 1987, p. 66


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Billboard, July 4, 1987, p. 31


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Billboard, March 5, 1988, p. 59


Ben Sidran interviews Kareem Abdul-Jabbar about jazz. Conversation about Cranberry begins about 6 minutes in:

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Dr. Smooth’s Flashback #5: Billboard chart of October 26, 1985

Spend an hour remembering some of the most popular jazz of Autumn 1985 as listed on the Top Jazz Albums chart in the October 26, 1985 issue of Billboard magazine.

Playlist:


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#39: “Endangered Species” by Wayne Shorter, from the #39 album of the week, Atlantis. While Atlantis was Shorter’s 16th solo album, it was his first since 1974. During the intervening years, Shorter had mainly recorded as a member of Weather Report. This week marked the album’s debut on the jazz chart. Trivia: the pastel portrait of Shorter on the album cover was composed by actor Billy Dee Williams.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 32 10

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#38: “It’s All for You” by Herb Alpert, from the #38 album of the week, Wild Romance. The album had debuted on the jazz chart on September 14; this week would mark its last appearance on the jazz chart, although it had a slightly longer run on the Billboard 200.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 35 8
Billboard 200 151 10

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#37: “Imagination” by Al Jarreau from the #37 album, High Crime. This album, his fourth with producer Jay Graydon, was released in late 1984 and had debuted on the jazz chart on December 1, 1984. The album was nearing the end of its chart run on this date, having been on the chart for 48 weeks.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 2 53
Billboard 200 49 35
R&B 12 33
1985 Jazz Year End 7

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#30: “If I Could” by the Pat Metheny Group from the #30 album, First Circle. By this point, this album had been on the jazz chart for 54 weeks, having debuted more than a year earlier. It quickly rose to the #2 position, kept from the top spot by Wynton Marsalis’ Hot House Flowers album. It would retain a spot in the low 30’s on the album chart for a few months before falling off in March 1986. In February 1985, the album won the Grammy award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 2 75
Billboard 200 91 35
1985 Jazz Year End 3

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#23: “Beyond the Sea” by George Benson from the #23 album, 20/20. Benson’s big band take on this standard from 1946 was the last track on side one of this album and features Benson on a scat guitar solo, a rarity in the mid-80s. On this week, 20/20 was nearing the end its run on the jazz chart, having debuted back on February 16.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 3 48
Billboard 200 45 32
R&B 20 34
1985 Jazz Year End 5

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#22: “Smooth Operator” by Sade from the #22 album, Diamond Life. This song was a #5 single on the Billboard Hot 100. This album, the band’s debut, debuted on the jazz chart on March 30 and was enjoying its 31st week on the chart. However, it was nowhere near the end of its chart run, which ultimately ended in June 1986.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 5 66
Billboard 200 5 81
R&B 3 76
1985 Jazz Year End 14

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#20: “Run for Cover” by David Sanborn from the #20 album, Straight from the Heart. Recorded live in studio in front of a small crowd, this album mixes some songs from Sanborn’s earlier albums along with a few covers. The studio version of “Run for Cover” was released in 1981 on Sanborn’s Voyeur album. The song was written by, and features, bassist Marcus Miller. The album was number one on the jazz chart for 6 weeks in late March and April of 1985. In February 1986, the album would win the Grammy award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 1 74
Billboard 200 64 32
R&B 31 20
1985 Jazz Year End 4

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#17: “Aural Oasis” by Wynton Marsalis from the #17 album, Black Codes (from the Underground).  This post-bop album was the highest charting debut on this October 26 chart. In February 1986, the album would win two Grammy awards: Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist, and Best Jazz Instrumental Performance Group. Black Codes would go on to spend an incredible 30+ weeks in the top ten of the jazz chart, including 4 weeks at the #2 position (Stanley Jordan’s Magic Touch album was at #1 during those weeks – see #1, below).

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 2 42
Billboard 200 118 10

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#14: “Oops!” by Rare Silk from the #14 album, American Eyes. This vocalized cover of Steps Ahead’s “Oops!” leads off this album, the quartet’s second. The album debuted on the jazz chart on April 13; on this date, the album was on its slow chart descent after spending the summer in the chart’s top ten.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 4 44
1985 Jazz Year End 10

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#8: “Moonlight Dancing” by Earl Klugh from the #8 album, Soda Fountain Shuffle. Guitarist Earl Klugh has been a staple on the jazz charts since 1976. This 12th studio album, which debuted on May 11, had peaked on the chart a few months earlier, but was still enjoying top ten status. Klugh wrote and produced all ten songs on the album, including “Moonlight Dancing” which was track 4 on side one.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 3 44
Billboard 200 110 17
R&B 23 21
1985 Jazz Year End 13

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#2: “Love Will Find a Way” by George Howard from the #2 album, Dancing in the Sun. This song, the album’s lead track, is an instrumental cover of a song which original appeared on Lionel Richie’s Can’t Slow Down album. The album debuted on May 11 and had spent the 6 weeks previous to this October 26 chart in the #1 spot. It wouldn’t exit the chart until June 1986.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 1 62
Billboard 200 169 4
R&B 47 25
1985 Jazz Year End 6

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#1: “The Lady in My Life” by Stanley Jordan from the #1 album, Magic Touch.
This Rod Temperton tune originally closed out Michael Jackson’s Thriller album. Magic Touch was Jordan’s major label debut and spent a remarkable 46 non-consecutive weeks in the #1 spot.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 1 86
Billboard 200 64 66
R&B 31 61
1985 Jazz Year End 2

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As always, thanks to Herc of Herc’s Hideaway for research assistance and support.

Smooth Yacht Flashback

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Is it “smooth jazz”? Is it “yacht rock”? Does it matter?

18 tunes that straddle the fence between the two sub-genres:

Playlist:


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Track 1: “I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World)” by Donald Fagen from the album The Nightfly (1982). Written by Donald Fagen, produced by Gary Katz.

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Billboard Single Charts: Peak Weeks
Hot 100 26 14
Adult Contemporary 8 18
Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Billboard 200 11 27
R&B 24 17

 

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Track 2: “Breezin'” by George Benson from the album Breezin’ (1976). Written by Bobby Womack, produced by Tommy LiPuma.

George Benson: Lead guitar and vocals
Phil Upchurch: Rhythm guitar
Ronnie Foster: Electric piano and Mini-Moog
Jorge Dalto: Clavinet and piano
Phil Upchurch: Bass
Harvey Mason: Drums
Ralph MacDonald: Percussion

Billboard Single Charts: Peak Weeks
Hot 100 63 6
Adult Contemporary 13 13
R&B 54 9
Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Billboard 200 1 78
Jazz 1 74
R&B 1 46

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Track 3: “Come Back to Me” by Tom Scott from the album Target (1983). Written by Tom Scott, Kenny James & Michael Wilk, produced by Tom Scott.

Tom Scott: Saxophone
Kenny James: Lead vocal
Harvey Mason: Drums
Neil Stubenhaus: Bass
Carlos Rios & Paul Jackson: Guitars
Victor Feldman, Ian Underwood, Michael Boddicker: Keyboards
Judi Brown, Clydene Jackson, Jo Ann Harris, Carmen Grillo, Andrea Robinson, Geoffrey Leib, Lynne Scott, Jim Gilstrap, Leza Miller, Rugenia Peoples: Backing vocals

Billboard Single Charts: Peak Weeks
R&B 80 6
Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 9 25

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Track 4: “Minute by Minute” by Larry Carlton from the album Discovery (1987). Written by Michael McDonald and Lester Abrams, produced by Larry Carlton.

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Billboard Single Charts: Peak Weeks
Adult Contemporary 25 7
Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 1 34
Billboard 200 180 6

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Track 5: “Just the Two of Us” by Grover Washington, Jr. from the album Winelight (1980). Written by Bill Withers, William Salter, and Ralph MacDonald, produced by Grover Washington, Jr. and Ralph MacDonald.

Grover Washington, Jr.: Saxophones
Bill Withers: Vocal
Ralph MacDonald: Percussion
Steve Gadd: Drums
Marcus Miller: Bass
Eric Gale: Guitar
Richard Tee: Fender Rhodes
Bill Eaton: Oberheim synthesizer
Robert Greenide: Steel drums
Hilda Harris, Yvonne Lewis, and Ullanda McCullough: Backing vocals

Billboard Single Charts: Peak Weeks
Hot 100 2 24
Adult Contemporary 2 21
R&B 3 21
Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Billboard 200 5 52
Jazz 1 183
R&B 2 49

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Track 6: “Morning Dance” by Spyro Gyra from the album Morning Dance (1979). Written by Jay Beckenstein, produced by Jay Beckenstein and Richard Calandra.

Jay Beckenstein: Alto saxophone
Jeremy Wall: Electric Piano
John Tropea: Guitars
Jim Kurzdorfer: Bass
Ted Reinhardt: Drums
Rubens Bassini: Congas & percussion
David Samuels: Marimba & Steel Drums

Billboard Single Charts: Peak Weeks
Hot 100 24 15
Adult Contemporary 1 27
R&B 60 8
Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Billboard 200 27 41
Jazz 2 81
R&B 33 33

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Track 7: “We’re in This Love Together” by Al Jarreau from the album Breakin’ Away (1981)Written by Roger Murrah and Keith Stegall, produced by Jay Graydon.

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Billboard Single Charts: Peak Weeks
Hot 100 15 24
Adult Contemporary 6 23
R&B 6 14
Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Billboard 200 9 103
Jazz 1 143
R&B 1 77

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Track 8: “Back Again” by David Sanborn from the album As We Speak (1981). Written by Don Freeman and Dennis Belfield, produced by Robert Margouleff.

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Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 1 96
Billboard 200 70 23
R&B 32 22

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Track 9: “Is It You?” by Lee Ritenour from the album Rit (1981). Written by Lee Ritenour, Eric Tagg, and Bill Champlin, produced by Lee Ritenour and Harvey Mason.

Lee Ritenour: Guitars
Eric Tagg: Lead vocal
Bill Champlin: Backing vocals
David Foster: Keyboards
Richard Tee: Keyboards
Abraham Laboriel: Bass
Alex Acuna: Drums
Harvey Mason: Percussion
Jerry Hey: Flugelhorn

Billboard Single Charts: Peak Weeks
Hot 100 15 16
Adult Contemporary 15 13
R&B 27 16
Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Billboard 200 26 23
Jazz 4 40
R&B 20 20

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Track 10: “Silk” by Fuse One from the album Silk  (1981). Written by Ndugu, produced by Creed Taylor.

Stanley Turrentine: Tenor Saxophone
Tom Browne: Trumpet
Eric Gale: Guitar
Stanley Clarke: Bass
Ronnie Foster: Keyboards
Todd Cochran: Synthesizer
Ndugu: Drums
Sammy Figueroa: Percussion

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 14 23
Billboard 200 139 8
R&B 44 10

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Track 11: “On the Boulevard” by The Manhattan Transfer from the album Mecca for Moderns (1981). Written by Jay Graydon, Richard Page, and Marc Jordan, produced by Jay Graydon.

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Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 6 27
Billboard 200 22 27

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Track 12: “Route 101” by Herb Alpert from the album Fandango (1982). Written by Juan Carlos Calderon, produced by Herb Alpert and Jose Quintana.

Herb Alpert: Trumpet
Marie Cain, Darlene Holden-Hoven, Mary Hylan: Backing vocals
Freddie Washington: Bass
Carlos Vega: Drums
Abraham Laboriel, Tim May, Carlos Rios: Guitars
Michel Colombier and Greg Mathieson: Keyboards, Paulinho DaCosta: Percussion

Billboard Single Charts: Peak Weeks
Hot 100 37 10
Adult Contemporary 4 18
Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Billboard 200 100 26
Jazz 20 34
R&B 52 6

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Track 13: “Sweet Baby” by Stanley Clarke & George Duke from the album The Clarke/Duke Project (1981). Written by George Duke, produced by Stanley Clarke and George Duke.

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Billboard Single Charts: Peak Weeks
Hot 100 19 20
Adult Contemporary 16 15
R&B 6 15
Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Billboard 200 33 23
Jazz 1 38
R&B 7 27

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Track 14: “Dream Hunter” by Sergio Mendes from the album Sergio Mendes (1983). Written by Michael Sembello and Dan Sembello, produced by Sergio Mendes.

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Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Billboard 200 27 27
R&B 22 23

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Track 15: “What You Won’t Do for Love” by Bobby Caldwell from the album Bobby Caldwell (1978). Written by Alfons Kettner and Bobby Caldwell, produced by Ann Holloway.

Bobby Caldwell: Keyboards, synthesizer, vocals
Richie Valesquez: Bass
Harold Seay: Drums
Steve Mealy: Guitar
Benny Latimore: Keyboards

Billboard Single Charts: Peak Weeks
Hot 100 9 20
Adult Contemporary 10 16
R&B 6 23
Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Billboard 200 21 31
R&B 7 28

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Track 16: “The Cricket Ballet” by Chet Atkins from the album Stay Tuned (1985). Written by Darryl Dybka, produced by David Hungate.

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Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 12 14
Billboard 200 145 13

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Track 17: “Human Nature” by Miles Davis from the album You’re Under Arrest (1985). Written by John Bettis and Steve Porcaro, produced by Miles Davis and Robert Irving III.

Miles Davis: Trumpet
John Scofield: Guitar
Vince Wilburn, Jr.: Drums
Robert Irving III: Keyboards
Darryl Jones: Bass

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 3 44
Billboard 200 111 12
R&B 63 5

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Track 18: “One Hundred Ways” by Quincy Jones from the album The Dude (1981). Written by Kathy Wakefield, Ben Wright, and Tony Coleman, produced by Quincy Jones.

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Billboard Single Charts: Peak Weeks
Hot 100 14 21
Adult Contemporary 5 21
R&B 10 23
Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Billboard 200 10 80
Jazz 3 89
R&B 3 81