Jazz Albums on the Rolling Stone Album Chart (1979)

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In the December 14, 1978 edition of Rolling Stone magazine (issue 280), the magazine began publishing its own album chart “based on a continuous, nationwide phone survey of record sales in contemporary rock-oriented stores.”  Here’s a look at the 28 albums that charted both on the Rolling Stone album chart and the Billboard Jazz album chart in 1979.  Peak chart numbers are provided for those charts. An interesting study in crossover sales.

Album RS BB Jazz
Livin’ Inside Your Love
George Benson
5 1
Rise
Herb Alpert
9 1
Mingus
Joni Mitchell
13 3
Street Life
The Crusaders
20 1
Touchdown
Bob James
24 1
Morning Dance
Spyro Gyra
24 2
Mr. Gone
Weather Report
26 1
Carmel
Joe Sample
26 1
Children of Sanchez
Chuck Mangione
27 1
One on One
Bob James & Earl Klugh
28 1
Angel of the Night
Angela Bofill
34 2
Paradise
Grover Washington, Jr.
36 2
Heart String
Earl Klugh
36 2
Flame
Ronnie Laws
40 1
New Chautauqua
Pat Metheny
42 3
Tiger in the Rain
Michael Franks
43 6
A Taste for Passion
Jean-Luc Ponty
44 4
Lucky Seven
Bob James
45 3
Reed Seed
Grover Washington, Jr.
52 1
Feets Don’t Fail Me Now
Herbie Hancock
53 2
An Evening of Magic
Chuck Mangione
53 5
I Wanna Play for You
Stanley Clarke
55 5
Follow the Rainbow
George Duke
59 3
8:30
Weather Report
60 3
All Fly Home
Al Jarreau
62 2
Angie
Angela Bofill
65 5
Live
Jean-Luc Ponty
71 8
An Evening With
Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea
88 8
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