Dr. Smooth’s Flashback #13: Elektra/Musician albums 1982

The inspiration for this Flashback is the inner sleeve Elektra/Musician Records used for their releases in May, 1982.

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Playlist:


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Track 1: “What’s New” by Clifford Brown and Max Roach, from the album Pure Genius, Vol. 1.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Did not chart

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Produced by Max Roach
Trumpet – Clifford Brown
Tenor Saxophone – Sonny Rollins
Piano – Richard Powell
Bass Violin – George Morrow
Percussion – Max Roach
For more information, click here.

shaw

Track 2: “400 Years Ago Tomorrow” by Woody Shaw, from the album Master of the Art.  

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 42 4

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Produced by Michael Cuscuna
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Woody Shaw
Trombone – Steve Turre
Piano – Mulgrew Miller
Bass – Stafford James
Drums – Tony Reedus
Vibes – Bobby Hutcherson

For more information, click here.

gale

Track 3: “Blue Horizon” by Eric Gale, from the album Blue Horizon.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 20 16

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Produced by Eric Gale
Lead Guitar – Eric Gale
Drums – Winston Grenman
Rhythm Guitar – Mark Mazur
Percussion – Nasser Nasser
Keyboards – Peter Schott
Bass – Neddy Smith
Drums – Freddie Watts
Flugelhorn – Hugh Masekela

For more information, click here.

sancious

Track 4: “What If?” by David Sancious, from the album The Bridge.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 36 8

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Produced by David Sancious
Piano – David Sancious

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Track 5: “Dance With Me” by Bobby McFerrin, from the album Bobby McFerrin.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz  41  6

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Produced by Linda Goldstein
Vocals – Bobby McFerrin
Piano & Fender Rhodes – Victor Feldman
Bass – Larry Klein
Acoustic Guitar – Peter Maunu
Drums – John Guerin
Percussion – Kenneth Nash

For more information, click here.

material

Track 6: “Disappearing” by Material, from the album, Memory Serves.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 32 7

material

Produced by Material with Martin Bisi
Guitar – Sonny Sharrock
Alto Saxophone – Henry Threadgill
Cornet – Olu Dara
Drums, Percussion, Guitar – Fred Maher
Bass – Bill Laswell
Synthesizers, Tapes, Radio, Guitar, Drums, Voice – Michael Beinhorn

For more information, click here.

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Track 7: “Sophisticated Yenta” by Red Rodney & Ira Sullivan, from the album Spirit Within.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Did not chart

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Produced by Mike Berniker
Flugelhorn – Red Rodney
Flugelhorn, Alto Flute, Shaker – Ira Sullivan
Piano – Garry Dial
Drums – Steve Bagby
Bass – Jay Anderson

For more information, click here.

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Track 8: “Simplicidad” by Lee Ritenour, from the album Rio.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 11 33

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Produced by Lee Ritenour
Acoustic Guitar – Lee Ritenour
Drums – Paulinho Braga
Bass – Luizao Maia
Rhythm Guitar – Oscar Neves
Keyboards –  Don Grusin
Percussion – Chico Batera, Jose Da Silva, Roberto Pinheiro, Armando Marcal

For more information, click here.

cobham

Track 9: “Chiquita Linda” by Billy Cobham’s Glass Menagerie, from the album Observations &.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 23 13

cobham

Produced by Bill Cobham
Guitar – Dean Brown
Percussion – Bill Cobham
Keyboards – Gil Goldstein
Bass – Tim Landers

For more information, click here.

hubbard

Track 10: “This Is It” by Freddie Hubbard, from the album Ride Like the Wind.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 24 18

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Produced by Jeffrey Weber
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For more information, click here.

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Top Albums Released on the Elektra/Musician label, 1982-84

Here’s a list of all 34 albums released on the Elektra/Musician label that reached the Billboard magazine Jazz LPs chart. Albums have been ranked using a formula that takes into account chart peak positions, weeks on chart, and number of weeks at the peak position. Presented below in countdown order, including album’s chart peak and total number of weeks on the chart.

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Rank Artist Album Peak Weeks
24 John McLaughlin My Goal’s Beyond 34 6
23 Material Memory Serves 32 7
22 Various Artists The Griffith Park Collection 35 12
21 Kevin Eubanks Guitarist 32 10
20 Jimmy Smith Keep On Comin’ 35 13

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Rank Artist Album Peak Weeks
19 Various Artists Echoes of an Era 2 29 10
18 Bobby McFerrin The Voice 24 10
17 Various Artists In Performance at The Playboy Jazz Festival 35 14
16 Chico Freeman Tradition in Transition 31 12
15 Charlie Parker One Night in Washington 28 10

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Rank Artist Album Peak Weeks
4 Lee Ritenour On the Line 12 30
3 Lee Ritenour Rio 11 33
2 Steps Ahead Modern Times 11 39
1 Jimmy Smith Off the Top 5 43

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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

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

Bobby McFerrin – The Voice

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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

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Album’s liner notes.  Click to enlarge.

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

Steve Morse Band – The Introduction

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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

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

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

musician_logo_small For more info on the short life on the Elektra/Musician imprint, click here.

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

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playboy

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

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Album’s liner notes. Click to enlarge.

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Billboard, April 28, 1984, p. 54

Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz: ★★★

Bill Evans – Living in the Crest of a Wave

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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

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

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Billboard, April 14, 1984, p. 56

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

Steps Ahead – Modern Times

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

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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

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

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Billboard, Nov 26, 1983, p. 58

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

Woody Shaw – Night Music

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

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Liner notes. Click to enlarge.

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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: ★★★

musician_logo_small For more info on the short life on the Elektra/Musician imprint, click here.

Elektra/Musician Releases: March 1983

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Bill Laswell – Baselines

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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

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Billboard, April 23, 1983, p. 62

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

David Amram and Friends – Latin-Jazz Celebration

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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.

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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

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Billboard, April 23, 1983, p. 62

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

Mose Allison – Lessons in Living

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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

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Liner notes

moselessons

Billboard, April 23, 1983, p. 62

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

musician_logo_small For more info on the short life on the Elektra/Musician imprint, click here.