Charting the Charts: Ramsey Lewis – Tequila Mockingbird (1977)

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Here’s a look at how the Ramsey Lewis album Tequila Mockingbird fared in various publications:

1977-78
Date Billboard Jazz (40) Billboard 200 Cashbox 200
Dec 24 15  150
Dec 31 191
Jan 7 122 186
Jan 14 9 116 179
Jan 21 114 170
Jan 28 5 111 166
Feb 4 111 161
Feb 11 3 183 154
Feb 18 183 148
Feb 25 6 148
Mar 11 6
Mar 25  11
Apr 8  12
Apr 22 20
May 13  25
May 27 40

 


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Rolling Stone Jazz & Blues Album Guide: ★★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

Dr. Smooth’s Flashback #4: Billboard chart of December 6, 1980

Spend an hour remembering some of the most popular jazz of late Autumn 1980 as listed on the Jazz LPs chart in the December 6, 1980 issue of Billboard magazine.

Playlist:


Turrentine

#47: “Inflation” by Stanley Turrentine, from the #47 album of the week, Inflation.  This album, on the Elektra label was in the latter third of its chart run on this date.  However, his newer release on the Fantasy label, Use the Stairs, was at #33 in the first weeks of its chart run.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 17 38
Billboard 200 209 1
R&B 65 3

zurich

#44: “Bud Powell” by Chick Corea and Gary Burton from the #44 album, In Concert, Zürich, October 28, 1979. This ECM album was premiering on the Jazz Charts this week and would go on to win the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 23 19

carlton

#38: “Midnight Parade” by Larry Carlton from the #38 album, Strikes Twice. This track is the third track on the album, which was Carlton’s fifth solo release. This week, the album was headed down the charts, having peaked back on the October 4 chart.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 8 22
Billboard 200 138 8

hideaway

#29: “Hideaway” by David Sanborn from the #29 album, Hideaway. The lead and title track from his breakthrough album. Sanborn would remain a staple on the jazz charts throughout his career. By this point, the album was almost halfway from its 86 week chart run.  It was in its 41st week on the chart, having premiered at #18 on March 1.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 2 86
Billboard 200 63 19
R&B 33 14

larsen

#28: “Who’ll Be The Fool Tonight” by the Larsen-Feiten Band from the #28 album, Larsen-Feiten Band. This single by a group of well-known session musicians (led by keyboardist Neil Larsen and guitarist Buzz Feiten) hit #29 in the Billboard Top 40 in October 1980.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 16 12
Billboard 200 142 10

deodato

#20: “East Side Strut” by Deodato from the #20 album, Night Cruiser. The second track on the album, this funk song features bass playing by Gary Grainger. The album debuted at #40 on the chart in late August before peaking at #7 in mid-October.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 7 33
Billboard 200 186 3
R&B 53 8

seawind

#15: “The Two of Us” by Seawind from the #15 album, Seawind.  Seawind was a fusion group from Hawaii; this, their most popular album, was their only release on the A&M label and was produced by George Duke. This west coast/AOR song features vocals by Pauline Wilson and Carl Carlwell on vocals as well as the signature horn licks of Jerry Hey. The album first appeared on the chart on October 11, had peaked in November, and was just starting its move down the charts on this date.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 13 30
Billboard 200 83 11
R&B 20 21

thistime

#11: “Your Sweet Love” by Al Jarreau from the #11 album, This Time. The album, produced by Jay Graydon, moved away from jazz towards a more adult R&B sound. The move was rewarded with chart success. This song again treats us to more Jerry Hey horns along with lots of electric piano from Tom Canning. This album held the #1 spot on the Jazz charts from for 3 weeks in July before being knocked off by The Crusaders’ Rhapsody and Blues.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 1 82
Billboard 200 27 35
R&B 6 39

browne

#10: “Funkin’ for Jamaica” by Tom Browne from the #10 album, Love Approach. This funk song hit #1 on the R&B charts and #9 on the Disco charts yet didn’t crack the Hot 100.  Vocals provided by Toni Smith. This album held down the #1 spot on the Jazz album chart for just one week, November 8.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 1 45
Billboard 200 18 26
R&B 1 32

winelight

#6: “Let it Flow (For Dr. J)” by Grover Washington, Jr. from the #6 album, Winelight.  This album would go on to spend 31 weeks at #1 on the jazz charts and yield the #2 pop single “Just the Two of Us,” featuring vocals by Bill Withers.  Washington was from the Philadelphia area and was a huge fan of the 76ers basketball team and often performed the national anthem before games.  This love of the game led him to write this piece for Hall of Famer Julius Irving, star of the 76ers at the time.  Grover’s previous album, Baddest,  a double LP “best of” compilation on the Motown label, was also on this week’s chart, placing at #21.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 1 183
Billboard 200 5 52
R&B 2 49

carnaval

#2: “Bittersweet” by Spyro Gyra from the #2 album, Carnaval.   This was this particular album’s 5th week on the chart; it spent a total of five weeks at #2 behind George Benson’s Give Me the Night.  The group had two albums on the chart this week, their previous album, Catching the Sun, was at #31 in it’s 37th week on the chart.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 2 34
Billboard 200 49 30
R&B 24 23

benson

#1: “Dinorah, Dinorah” by George Benson from the #1 album, Give Me the Night.
A huge crossover hit on both the pop and R&B charts, this album spent 17 non-consecutive weeks in the #1 spot. Produced by Quincy Jones, this Brazilian composition by Ivan Lins and Vitor Martins features  some familiar names including Herbie Hancock, Patti Austin, Greg Phillinganes, and Jerry Hey (yet again). The album debuted on the Jazz chart on August 9, was at #1 the following week, and stayed on the chart until August of the following year. It also topped the R&B album chart for 4 weeks.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 1 53
Billboard 200 3 38
R&B 1 37

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

Elektra/Musician Releases: August 1984

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Chico Freeman – Tangents

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Produced by Chico Freeman & John Koenig
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: Did not chart

Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: ★★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

Bobby McFerrin – The Voice

60366

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Recorded live at concerts in Mannheim, Hamburg, Stuttgart, and Köln, Germany, March 1984
Produced by Linda Goldstein
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: #24

voicenotes

Album’s liner notes.  Click to enlarge.

Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: ★★★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

Steve Morse Band – The Introduction

60369

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Produced by Steve Morse
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: #15
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #101
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #99


Stan Getz & Albert Dailey – Poetry

60370

getz

Produced by Stan Getz
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: Did not chart

Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: ★★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

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Elektra/Musician Releases: March 1984

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Bill Evans – The Paris Concert: Edition Two

60311

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Jazz Masters Edition
Recorded Paris, France, November 26, 1979
Produced by Helen Keane
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: #37

Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: ★★★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

Various Artists – In Performance at The Playboy Jazz Festival

60298

playboy

Recorded at the Hollywood Bowl, June 1982
Produced by Christine Martin
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: #35

playboynotes

Album’s liner notes. Click to enlarge.

play

Billboard, April 28, 1984, p. 54

Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

Bill Evans – Living in the Crest of a Wave

60349

billevans

Produced by Bill Evans
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: #42

billevanswave

Billboard, April 21, 1984, p. 60

Down Beat Magazine: ★★½
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

McCoy Tyner – Dimensions

60350

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Produced by McCoy Tyner
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: #43

tyner

Billboard, April 14, 1984, p. 56

Down Beat Magazine: ★★★½
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★★

Steps Ahead – Modern Times

60351

moderntimes

Produced by Steps Ahead
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: #11

stepsbb

Billboard, April 14, 1984, p. 56

Down Beat Magazine: ★★★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★★

Elektra/Musician Releases: December 1983

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Sadao Watanabe – Fill Up the Night

60297

sadao

Produced by Ralph MacDonald
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: #19

sadaobb

Billboard, Nov 26, 1983, p. 58

Down Beat Magazine: ★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★

Woody Shaw – Night Music

60299

nightmusic

Recorded at The Jazz Forum, New York City, February 25, 1982
Produced by Michael Cuscuna
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: Did not chart

night

Billboard, Dec 10, 1983, p. 62

Down Beat Magazine: ★★★
Rolling Stone Jazz & Blues Album Guide: ★★★½
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

Dizzy Gillespie – One Night in Washington

60300

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Jazz Masters Edition
Recorded at Club Kavakos, Washington D.C., March 13, 1955
Produced by Bill Potts
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: Did not chart

diz

Billboard, Dec 3, 1983, p. 56

Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★
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Jimmy Smith – Keep on Comin’

60301

keeponcomin

Recorded at Atlanta Free Jazz Festival, Sept 3, 1983
Produced by Lola Smith
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: #35

jimmy

Billboard, Dec 3, 1983, p. 56

Down Beat Magazine: ★★★
Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: ★★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

Lee Ritenour – On the Line

60310

rit

Produced by Lee Ritenour
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: #12

onthelinenotes

Liner notes

ontheline

Billboard, Jan 7, 1984, p. 44

Rolling Stone Jazz & Blues Album Guide: ★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

Sphere – Flight Path

60313

sphere

Produced by Damu Productions, Ltd
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: Did not chart

spherenotes

Liner notes. Click to enlarge.

Down Beat Magazine: ★★★★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

Elektra/Musician Releases: August 1983

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Eric Gale – Island Breeze

60198

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Produced by Eric Gale
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: #35

galeisland

Billboard, August 13, 1983, p. 50

Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★

Red Rodney & Ira Sullivan – Sprint

60261

sprint

Recorded at The Jazz Forum, New York City, November 3 & 4, 1982
Produced by Mike Berniker
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: Did not chart

sprintnotes

Liner notes. Click to enlarge.

Down Beat Magazine: ★★★½
Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: ★★★★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

Various Artists – The Griffith Park Collection 2: In Concert

60262

griffith

Recorded at Circle Star Theater, San Carlos, CA, April 3, 1982.
Produced by Lenny White
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: Did not chart

Down Beat Magazine: ★★★★½

Lennie Tristano – New York Improvisations

60264

tristano

Jazz Masters Edition
Recorded 1955-56
Produced by Bruce Lundvall
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: Did not chart

lennie

Billboard, August 13, 1983, p. 50

Down Beat Magazine: ★★½
Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: ★★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

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Elektra/Musician Releases: March 1983

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Bill Laswell – Baselines

60221

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Produced by Material
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: Did not chart

Down Beat Magazine: ★★★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

Steps Ahead – Steps Ahead

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Produced by Steps Ahead
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: #24

steps

Billboard, April 23, 1983, p. 62

Down Beat Magazine: ★★★½
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★★

David Amram and Friends – Latin-Jazz Celebration

60195

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Produced by Joel Dorn
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: Did not chart

Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: ★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

Various Artists – The Young Lions

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Recorded at Carnegie Hall, New York City, June 30, 1982
Produced by Michael Gibbs
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: Did not chart

New York Times review, May 22, 1983.

young lions

Billboard, June 11, 1983, p. 99


Billy Cobham’s Glass Menagerie – Smokin’

60233

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Recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival, July 23, 1982
Produced by Billy Cobham
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: #41

cobham

Billboard, April 23, 1983, p. 62

Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: ★★★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

Mose Allison – Lessons in Living

60237

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Recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival, July 21, 1982
Produced by Phillipe Rault
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: Did not chart

lessons

Liner notes

moselessons

Billboard, April 23, 1983, p. 62

Down Beat Magazine: ★★★½
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★
Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: ★★★★

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Elektra/Musician Releases: January 1983

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Ron Carter – Etudes

60214

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Produced by Ron Carter
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: #42

etudes

Billboard, Feb 12, 1982, p. 57

carter

Musician, January 1983, p. 108

Down Beat Magazine: ★★★½
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★★
Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: ★★★★

Chick Corea – Again and Again (The Joburg Sessions)

60167

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Produced by Chick Corea
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: #15

again

Billboard, Feb 12, 1983, p. 59

Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: ★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

Kevin Eubanks – Guitarist

60213

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Produced by Michael Gibbs
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: #32

eubanksnotes

Album’s liner notes. Click to enlarge.

eubanks

Musician, January 1983, p. 116

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Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: ★★★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

Bill Evans – The Paris Concert: Edition One

60164

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Produced by Helen Keane
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: #19

billevansparis

Billboard, February 12, 1983, p. 59

evans

Musician, January 1983, p. 116

Down Beat Magazine: ★★★★★
Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: ★★★★
Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

John Klemmer – Finesse

60197

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Produced by John Klemmer
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: #10

finesse

Liner notes

klemmerbillboard

Billboard, Feb 5, 1982, p. 57

Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★

Charles Lloyd Quartet – Montreux 82

60220

lloyd

Produced by Gabriel Franklin & Charles Lloyd
Peak on Billboard Jazz Album Chart: Did not chart

chrleslloyd

Billboard, March 5, 1983, p. 61

lloydm

Musician, January 1983, p. 116

Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★
Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide: ★★★
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