#1 Jazz Albums of 1989: Side-by-Side Charts

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Wk Billboard Billboard
Contemporary
Cash Box
Traditional*
Cash Box
Contemporary*
Radio & Records
Jan 7 Talkin’ ‘Bout You
Diane Schuur
Silhouette
Kenny G
(no chart) Silhouette
Kenny G
Festival
Lee Ritenour
Jan 14 Michel Camilo
Jan 21 Heart’s Horizon
Al Jarreau
Foreign Affair
Bireli Lagrene
Jan 28 Michel Camilo
Feb 4 “Bird” Motion Picture Soundtrack Elis
Sadao Watanabe
Feb 11
Feb 18
Feb 25 Talkin’ ‘Bout You
Diane Schuur
Mar 4 Michel Camilo Heart’s Horizon
Al Jarreau
N.Y.C.
Steps Ahead
Mar 11
Mar 18
Mar 25 Michel Camilo
Apr 1
Apr 8 Ivory Dreams
Bobby Lyle
Apr 15
Apr 22 Real Life Story
Terri Lyne Carrington
Apr 29 Chick Corea Akoustic Band Spellbound
Joe Sample
Spellbound
Joe Sample
May 6 Chick Corea Akoustic Band
May 13 The Truth is Spoken Here
Marcus Roberts
Spellbound
Joe Sample
May 20
May 27 Real Life Story
Terri Lyne Carrington
June 3 The Truth is Spoken Here
Marcus Roberts
On Solid Ground
Larry Carlton
June 10 Chick Corea Akoustic Band East
Hiroshima
June 17 Chick Corea Akoustic Band
June 24 Times are Changing
Freddie Hubbard
July 1
July 8 Tourist in Paradise
The Rippingtons
So Far So Close
Eliane Elias
July 15
July 22
July 29 Chet Baker Sings and Plays from the Film “Let’s Get Lost” Letter from Home
Pat Metheny Group
Aug 5 In a Sentimental Mood
Dr. John
Amandla
Miles Davis
Letter from Home
Pat Metheny Group
Aug 12
Aug 19 Letter from Home
Pat Metheny Group
Aug 26 In a Sentimental Mood
Dr. John
Sept 2 Tenderly
George Benson
Sept 9 Tenderly
George Benson
Sept 16
Sept 23 “When Harry Met Sally” Soundtrack
Harry Connick, Jr.
La Place
Stanley Turrentine
Sept 30
Oct 7
Oct 14 The Spin
Yellowjackets
Oct 21 Color
Rick Margitza
Oct 28
Nov 4
Nov 11 “When Harry Met Sally” Soundtrack
Harry Connick, Jr.
At Last
Lou Rawls
At Last
Lou Rawls
On Fire
Michel Camilo
Nov 18
Nov 25 Migration
Dave Grusin
Dec 2
Dec 9 Waiting for Spring
David Benoit
Dec 16 Waiting for Spring
David Benoit
Music
Michel Petrucciani
Dec 23 Time Out of Mind
Grover Washington, Jr.
Dec 30
Wk Billboard Billboard
Contemporary
Cash Box
Traditional*
Cash Box
Contemporary*
Radio & Records

*In 1989, Cash Box magazine published jazz album “micro charts” weekly. In February, the publication divided the chart into “Contemporary” and “Traditional” charts, appearing on alternating weeks.

#1 Jazz Albums of 1988: Side-by-Side Charts

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Week Billboard Billboard
Contemporary
Cash Box Radio & Records
Jan 2 Diane Schuur and the Count Basie Orchestra Go
Hiroshima
Renaissance
Branford Marsalis
Crystal
Ahmad Jamal
Jan 9 Brasil
Manhattan Transfer
Jan 16 Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. 1
Wynton Marsalis
Jan 23
Jan 30
Feb 6 Dianne Reeves
Feb 13
Feb 20 Future Excursions
Henry Johnson
Feb 27
Mar 5
Mar 12 Dianne Reeves
Mar 19 Kaleidoscope
Mike Metheny
Mar 26
Apr 2 That Special Part of Me
Onaje Allan Gumbs
Apr 9
Apr 16
Apr 23
Apr 30 And You Know That
Kirk Whalum
May 7 Simple Pleasures
Bobby McFerrin
May 14 Simple Pleasures
Bobby McFerrin
May 21
May 28
June 4 Living Colors
Dave Samuels
June 11 Simple Pleasures
Bobby McFerrin
June 18
June 25 John Patitucci
July 2
July 9 Ella in Rome – The Birthday Concert
Ella Fitzgerald
Reflections
George Howard
Reflections
George Howard
Shadow Prophets
Kevin Eubanks
July 16
July 23 Time and Tide
Basia
July 30 Close-Up
David Sanborn
Aug 6
Aug 13 Endlessly
Dizzy Gillespie
Aug 20 Close-Up
David Sanborn
Aug 27
Sept 3 Rites of Summer
Spyro Gyra
Rites of Summer
Spyro Gyra
Politics
Yellowjackets
Sept 9 Then and Now
Grover Washington, Jr.
Sept 17 Look What I Got
Betty Carter
Sept 24
Oct 1 Simple Pleasures
Bobby McFerrin
Simple Pleasures
Bobby McFerrin
Oct 8
Oct 15
Oct 22 Talkin’ ‘Bout You
Diane Schuur
Oct 29 Talkin’ ‘Bout You
Diane Schuur
Nov 5
Nov 12 Silhouette
Kenny G
Silhouette
Kenny G
Nov 19
Nov 26
Dec 3 Street Dreams
Lyle Mays
Dec 10
Dec 17 Festival
Lee Ritenour
Dec 24
Dec 31
Week Billboard Billboard
Contemporary
Cash Box Radio & Records

#1 Jazz Albums of 1987: Side-by-Side Charts

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Week Billboard* Billboard
Contemporary*
Cash Box Radio & Records
Jan 3 Tutu
Miles Davis
Tutu
Miles Davis
Lady from Brazil
Tania Maria
Jan 10 Standards, Vol. 1
Stanley Jordan
Jan 17
Jan 24
Jan 31 A Nice Place to Be
George Howard
The Other Side of Round Midnight
Dexter Gordon
Feb 7 A Nice Place to Be
George Howard
Feb 14
Feb 21 Last Nite
Larry Carlton
Feb 28 The Other Side of Round Midnight
Dexter Gordon
Standards, Vol. 1
Stanley Jordan
Mar 7 A Change of Heart
David Sanborn
Heads Up
David Newman
Mar 14 Last Nite
Larry Carlton
Mar 21 Heads Up
David Newman
Mar 28 Najee’s Theme
Najee
Najee’s Theme
Najee
Manhattan Burn
Paquito D’Rivera
Apr 4
Apr 11 A Change of Heart
David Sanborn
Apr 18
Apr 25 Najee’s Theme
Najee
May 2 Whiz Kids
Gary Burton Quintet
May 9
May 16 Civilization
Tony Williams
May 23
May 30
June 6 Michael Brecker
June 13 Duotones
Kenny G
To Bird, With Love
Eddie Daniels
June 20 Michael Brecker Duotones
Kenny G
June 27
July 4
July 11
July 18
July 25 Four Corners
Yellowjackets
Aug 1 Collaboration
George Benson
& Earl Klugh
Aug 8 Still Life (Talking)
Pat Metheny Group
Aug 15 Collaboration
George Benson
& Earl Klugh
Aug 22
Aug 29
Sept 5 Collaboration
George Benson
& Earl Klugh
Sept 12 Still Life (Talking)
Pat Metheny Group
Sept 19
Sept 26 Illusions
Elaine Elias
Oct 3
Oct 10 Discovery
Larry Carlton
Collaboration
George Benson
& Earl Klugh
Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. 1
Wynton Marsalis
Oct 17 Still Life (Talking)
Pat Metheny Group
Oct 24 Collaboration
George Benson
& Earl Klugh
Diane Schuur and the Count Basie Orchestra
Oct 31
Nov 7 Diane Schuur and the Count Basie Orchestra Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. 1
Wynton Marsalis
Nov 14
Nov 21 Stories Without Words
Spyro Gyra
Nov 28 Collaboration
George Benson
& Earl Klugh
Dec 5 Go
Hiroshima
Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. 1
Wynton Marsalis
Dec 12 The Village
Henry Butler
Dec 19 Crystal
Ahmad Jamal
Dec 26 Renaissance
Brandford Marsalis
Week Billboard Billboard
Contemporary
Cash Box Radio & Records

*Starting with the February 28, 1987 issue, Billboard switched from having one “Top Jazz Albums” chart with forty chart positions to having two jazz albums charts: 1) the existing “Top Jazz Albums” chart was reduced to 15 chart positions, and 2) a new “Top Contemporary Jazz Albums” chart premiered with 25 positions.


#1 Jazz Albums of 1986: Side-by-Side Charts

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Week Billboard Cash Box Radio & Records
Jan 4 Magic Touch
Stanley Jordan
Fables
Jean-Luc Ponty
Twinkling of an Eye
John Blake
Jan 11
Jan 18 Acousticity
David Grisman
Jan 25 Magic Touch
Stanley Jordan
Feb 1 GRP Live in Session
Various Artists
Feb 8
Feb 15 Foreign Intrigue
Tony Williams
Feb 22
Mar 1 Explosion
Paquito D’Rivera
Mar 8
Mar 15
Mar 22
Mar 29
Apr 5
Apr 12 Breakthrough
Eddie Daniels
Apr 19 Alone/But Never Alone
Larry Carlton
Apr 26 Love Will Follow
George Howard
May 3
May 10
May 17
May 24 Love Will Follow
George Howard
Double Take
Freddie Hubbard
& Woody Shaw
May 31
June 7
June 14
June 21 Go for Whatcha Know
Jimmy Smith
June 28
July 5 (charts not available)
July 12
July 19 Alone/But Never Alone
Larry Carlton
July 26 Double Vision
Bob James &
David Sanborn
Double Vision
Bob James &
David Sanborn
Aug 2 Double Vision
Bob James &
David Sanborn
Aug 9 Light Struck
Dave Valentin
Aug 16
Aug 23
Aug 30
Sept 6 Spontaneous Inventions
Bobby McFerrin
Sept 13
Sept 20 Fivin’ Around
Henry Butler
Sept 27 Breakout
Spyro Gyra
Amanda
Randy Brecker &
Elaine Elias
Oct 4 Face to Face
Kevin Eubanks
Oct 11 Down to the Moon
Andreas Vollenwieder
Oct 18
Oct 25
Nov 1 Tutu
Mile Davis
J Mood
Wynton Marsalis
Nov 8
Nov 15
Nov 22 Tutu
Miles Davis
Royal Garden Blues
Branford Marsalis
Nov 29
Dec 6
Dec 13 You’re the One
Henry Johnson
Dec 20
Dec 27
Week Billboard Cash Box Radio & Records

#1 Jazz Albums of 1985: Side-by-Side Charts

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Week Billboard Cash Box Radio & Records
Jan 5 Hot House Flowers
Wynton Marsalis
First Circle
Pat Metheny Group
First Circle
Pat Metheny Group
Jan 12
Jan 19 Why Not!
Paquito D’Rivera
Jan 26
Feb 2 Islands
Scott Cossu
Feb 9
Feb 16 Straight to the Heart
David Sanborn
Feb 23 Straight to the Heart
David Sanborn
Mar 2
Mar 9
Mar 16
Mar 23 Good Bait
Bobby Hutcherson
Mar 30 Straight to the Heart
David Sanborn
Apr 6 Magic Touch
Stanley Jordan
Apr 13
Apr 20
Apr 27
May 4
May 11 Hot House Flowers
Wynton Marsalis
Magic Touch
Stanley Jordan
May 18
May 25 Magic Touch
Stanley Jordan
June 1 New Faces
Dizzy Gillespie
June 8
June 15
June 22
June 29
July 6 Soda Fountain Shuffle
Earl Klugh
July 13 Jungle Garden
Dave Valentin
July 20
July 27 Dancing in the Sun
George Howard
Slow Motion
Andy Narell
Aug 3
Aug 10 Just Feelin’
McCoy Tyner
Aug 17
Aug 24 Digital Works
Ahmad Jamal
Aug 31
Sept 7
Sept 14 Dancing in the Sun
George Howard
Sept 21
Sept 28 Vocalese
The Manhattan Transfer
Oct 5
Oct 12 Harlequin
Lee Ritenour
& Dave Grusin
Oct 19 Skin Dive
Michael Franks
Black Codes (From the Underground)
Wynton Marsalis
Oct 26 Magic Touch
Stanley Jordan
Nov 2
Nov 9 Live in London
Al Jarreau
Nov 16 Black Codes (From the Underground)
Wynton Marsalis
Nov 23
Nov 30
Dec 7
Dec 14 Fables
Jean-Luc Ponty
Dec 21 Twinkling of an Eye
John Blake
Dec 28
Week Billboard Cash Box Radio & Records

#1 Jazz Albums of 1984: Side-by-Side Charts

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Week Billboard Cash Box Radio & Records
Jan 7 In Your Eyes
George Benson
Backstreet
David Sanborn
Backstreet
David Sanborn
Jan 14 December
George Winston
Jan 21 Fill Up the Night
Sadao Watanabe
Jan 28 Backstreet
David Sanborn
Backstreet
David Sanborn
Backstreet
David Sanborn
Feb 4
Feb 11
Feb 18
Feb 25
Mar 3
Mar 10 Name of the Game
Phil Upchurch
Mar 17 Imagine This
Pieces of a Dream
Mar 24 Love Explosion
Tania Maria
Mar 31 Backstreet
David Sanborn
Apr 7 Wishful Thinking
Earl Klugh
Apr 14
Apr 21 Think of One
Wynton Marsalis
Apr 28
May 5 Modern Times
Steps Ahead
May 12
May 19 Rejoicing
Pat Metheny with
Charlie Haden and
Billy Higgins
May 26
June 2
June 9
June 16 Backstreet
David Sanborn
Wishful Thinking
Earl Klugh
June 23
June 30
July 7 Nightlines
Dave Grusin
July 14 Wishful Thinking
Earl Klugh
Decoy
Miles Davis
July 21 Nightlines
Dave Grusin
July 28 Backstreet
David Sanborn
Decoy
Miles Davis
Aug 4 Call of the Wild
Generation Band
Aug 11 Decoy
Miles Davis
Access All Areas
Spyro Gyra
Aug 18 Nightlines
Dave Grusin
Aug 25
Sept 1 Road Warriors
Les McCann &
Houston Person
Sept 8 Access All Areas
Spyro Gyra
Sept 15 Rendezvous
Sadao Watanabe
Sept 22
Sept 29 Kalahari
Dave Valentin
Oct 6
Oct 13 First Circle
Pat Metheny Group
Oct 20 Hot House Flowers
Wynton Marsalis
Oct 27
Nov 3 Inside Moves
Grover Washington, Jr.
Nov 10
Nov 17 Hot House Flowers
Wynton Marsalis
Nov 24
Dec 1 Deedles
Diane Schuur
Dec 8 First Circle
Pat Metheny Group
Dec 15
Dec 22
Dec 29
Week Billboard Cash Box Radio & Records

#1 Jazz Albums of 1983: Side-by-Side Charts

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Week Billboard Cash Box Radio & Records
Jan 8 Two of a Kind
Bob James &
Earl Klugh
Two of a Kind
Bob James &
Earl Klugh
Two of a Kind
Bob James &
Earl Klugh
Jan 15 The Best is Yet to Come
Grover Washington, Jr.
Jan 22
Jan 31
Feb 5
Feb 12 The Best is Yet to Come
Grover Washington, Jr.
Feb 19
Feb 26
Mar 5
Mar 12
Mar 19 Dave Grusin and the NY-LA Dream Band
Mar 26 Asphalt Gardens
George Howard
Apr 2
Apr 9 The Hunter
Joe Sample
Apr 16 Procession
Weather Report
Apr 23
Apr 30 Jarreau
Al Jarreau
May 7
May 14 Jarreau
Al Jarreau
May 21 Low Ride
Earl Klugh
May 28 Low Ride
Earl Klugh
June 4
June 11
June 18
June 25 Jarreau
Al Jarreau
July 2 In Your Eyes
George Benson
July 9
July 16
July 23 Les Fleurs
Ramsey Lewis
July 30
Aug 6
Aug 13 City Kids
Spyro Gyra
Aug 20
Aug 27
Sept 3
Sept 10
Sept 17 In Your Eyes
George Benson
Sept 24
Oct 1
Oct 8
Oct 15 Individual Choice
Jean-Lun Ponty
Foxie
Bob James
Oct 22
Oct 29 Foxie
Bob James
Nov 5
Nov 12
Nov 19 Individual Choice
Jean-Luc Ponty
Nov 26 Soft Shoulder
Generation Band
Dec 3
Dec 10 Backstreet
David Sanborn
Backstreet
David Sanborn
Dec 17
Dec 24
Dec 31
Week Billboard Cash Box Radio & Records

#1 Jazz Albums of 1982: Side-by-Side Charts

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Week Billboard Cash Box Radio & Records
Jan 9 The George Benson Collection The George Benson Collection (No airplay chart published)
Jan 16 Come Morning
Grover Washington, Jr.
Jan 23
Jan 30
Feb 6
Feb 13 Come Morning
Grover Washington, Jr.
Feb 20
Feb 27
Mar 6 The George Benson Collection
Mar 13 The George Benson Collection
Mar 20
Mar 27
Apr 3 The Dude
Quincy Jones
Apr 10 Mystical Adventures
Jean-Luc Ponty
Apr 17
Apr 24
May 1
May 8 Breakin’ Away
Al Jarreau
May 15
May 22 It’s a Fact
Jeff Lorber
May 29 We Want Miles
Miles Davis
Old Songs for the New Depression
Ben Sidran
June 5 Breakin’ Away
Al Jarreau
Offramp
Pat Metheny Group
June 12 Offramp
Pat Metheny Group
June 19 Offramp
Pat Metheny Group
June 26
July 3
July 10
July 17
July 24
July 31
Aug 7 Hands Down
Bob James
Aug 14 As We Speak
David Sanborn
As We Speak
David Sanborn
Aug 21 Offramp
Pat Metheny Group
Aug 28
Sept 4
Sept 11 Hands Down
Bob James
Out of the Shadows
Dave Grusin
Sept 18 As We Speak
David Sanborn
Sept 25
Oct 2 As We Speak
David Sanborn
Oct 9 As We Speak
David Sanborn
Oct 16 Off the Top
Jimmy Smith
Oct 23
Oct 30 Incognito
Spyro Gyra
Nov 6
Nov 13 Incognito
Spyro Gyra
Nov 20 Two of a Kind
Bob James &
Earl Klugh
Nov 27
Dec 4 Two of a Kind
Bob James &
Earl Klugh
Dec 11
Dec 18 Casino Lights
Various Artists
Dec 25
Week Billboard Cash Box Radio & Records

#1 Jazz Albums of 1981: Side-by-Side Charts


Week Billboard Cash Box Record World
Jan 3 Winelight
Grover Washington, Jr.
Winelight
Grover Washington, Jr.
Winelight
Grover Washington, Jr.
Jan 10
Jan 17
Jan 24
Jan 31
Feb 7
Feb 14
Feb 21
Feb 28
Mar 7
Mar 14
Mar 21
Mar 28
Apr 4
Apr 11
Apr 18
Apr 25
May 2
May 9
May 16
May 23
May 30
June 6
June 13
June 20
June 27
July 4 The Clarke/Duke Project
Stanley Clarke &
George Duke
July 11 The Clarke/Duke Project
Stanley Clarke &
George Duke
The Clarke/Duke Project
Stanley Clarke &
George Duke
July 18 Winelight
Grover Washington, Jr.
July 25 Voyeur
David Sanborn
The Man with the Horn
Miles Davis
Aug 1 As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls
Pat Metheny &
Lyle Mays
Aug 8 Winelight
Grover Washington, Jr.
Aug 15 The Man with the Horn
Miles Davis
The Man with the Horn
Miles Davis
(chart unavailable)
Aug 22 The Man with the Horn
Miles Davis
Aug 29
Sept 5 Breakin’ Away
Al Jarreau
Sept 12 Breakin’ Away
Al Jarreau
Sept 19 Breakin’ Away
Al Jarreau
Sept 26
Oct 3
Oct 10
Oct 17
Oct 24
Oct 31 Freetime
Spyro Gyra
Nov 7
Nov 14 Breakin’ Away
Al Jarreau
(chart unavailable)
Nov 21 Breakin’ Away
Al Jarreau
Nov 28 (chart unavailable)
Dec 5 Breakin’ Away
Al Jarreau
Dec 12 The George Benson Collection
Dec 19 (chart unavailable)
Dec 26 The George Benson Collection The George Benson Collection
Week Billboard Cash Box Record World

#1 Jazz Albums of 1980: Side-by-Side Charts


Week Billboard Cash Box Record World
Jan 5 One on One
Bob James &
Earl Klugh
One on One
Bob James &
Earl Klugh
One on One
Bob James &
Earl Klugh
Jan 12
Jan 19
Jan 26 American Garage
Pat Metheny Group
Feb 2 One on One
Bob James &
Earl Klugh
Angel of the Night
Angela Bofill
Feb 9 One on One
Bob James &
Earl Klugh
Feb 16
Feb 23
Mar 1 Every Generation
Ronnie Laws
Mar 8 Every Generation
Ronnie Laws
Every Generation
Ronnie Laws
Fun & Games
Chuck Mangione
Mar 15 Fun & Games
Chuck Mangione
Fun & Games
Chuck Mangione
Mar 22
Mar 29 Skylarkin’
Grover Washington, Jr.
Apr 5
Apr 12
Apr 19 Skylarkin’
Grover Washington, Jr.
Apr 26 Catching the Sun
Spyro Gyra
May 3 Catching the Sun
Spyro Gyra
Catching the Sun
Spyro Gyra
May 10 Skylarkin’
Grover Washington, Jr.
May 17 Skylarkin’
Grover Washington, Jr.
Catching the Sun
Spyro Gyra
May 24 Catching the Sun
Spyro Gyra
Skylarkin’
Grover Washington, Jr.
May 31
June 7 Catching the Sun
Spyro Gyra
June 14
June 21 Skylarkin’
Grover Washington, Jr.
June 28 Wizard Island
Jeff Lorber Fusion
(chart unavailable)
July 5 Catching the Sun
Spyro Gyra
Catching the Sun
Spyro Gyra
July 12 This Time
Al Jarreau
This Time
Al Jarreau
July 19 This Time
Al Jarreau
July 26
Aug 2 Rhapsody and Blues
Crusaders
Rhapsody and Blues
Crusaders
Rhapsody and Blues
Crusaders
Aug 9 Give Me the Night
George Benson
Aug 16 Give Me the Night
George Benson
Give Me the Night
George Benson
Aug 23
Aug 30
Sept 6
Sept 13
Sept 20
Sept 27
Oct 4
Oct 11
Oct 18
Oct 25
Nov 1
Nov 8 Love Approach
Tom Browne
Nov 15 Give Me the Night
George Benson
Nov 22
Nov 29 Winelight
Grover Washington, Jr.
Dec 6
Dec 13
Dec 20 Winelight
Grover Washington, Jr.
Dec 27 Winelight
Grover Washington, Jr.
Week Billboard Cash Box Record World