Cash Box #1 Jazz Albums of 1983

In 1983, Cash Box magazine published a Jazz Album list weekly.  Thirty albums were ranked in each chart. Here’s a chart of the #1 jazz albums for 1983:

Week Ending Album Artist(s)
January 1 Two of a Kind Bob James &
Earl Klugh
January 8
January 15 The Best is Yet to Come Grover Washington, Jr.
January 22
January 29
February 5
February 12
February 19
February 26
March 5
March 12
March 19
March 26
April 2
April 9
April 16 Procession Weather Report
April 23
April 30 Jarreau Al Jarreau
May 7
May 14
May 21
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
July 30
August 6
August 13
August 20
August 27
September 3
September 10
September 17
September 24
October 1
October 8
October 15/td> Individual Choice Jean-Luc Ponty
October 22
October 29 Foxie Bob James
November 5
November 12
November 19 Individual Choice Jean-Luc Ponty
November 26
December 3
December 10 Backstreet David Sanborn
December 17
December 24
December 31

#1 Cash Box Jazz Albums:
1976 · 1977 · 1978 · 1979 · 1980 · 1981 · 1982

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Cash Box #1 Jazz Albums of 1982

In 1982, 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 1982:

Week Ending Album Artist(s)
January 2 The George Benson Collection George Benson
January 9
January 16
January 23
January 30
February 6
February 13 Come Morning Grover Washington, Jr.
February 20
February 27
March 6
March 13 The George Benson Collection George Benson
March 20
March 27
April 3 The Dude Quincy Jones
April 10
April 17
April 24
May 1
May 8 Breakin’ Away Al Jarreau
May 15
May 22
May 29 We Want Miles Miles Davis
June 5
June 12 Offramp Pat Metheny Group
June 19
June 26
July 3
July 10
July 17
July 24
July 31
August 7 Hands Down Bob James
August 14 As We Speak David Sanborn
August 21 Offramp Pat Metheny Group
August 28
September 4
September 11 Hands Down Bob James
September 18
September 25
October 2 As We Speak David Sanborn
October 9
October 16
October 23
October 30 Incognito Spyro Gyra
November 6
November 13
November 20 Two of a Kind Bob James &
Earl Klugh
November 27
December 4
December 11
December 18
December 25

#1 Cash Box Jazz Albums:
1976 · 1977 · 1978 · 1979 · 1980 · 1981

Dr. Smooth’s Flashback #14: Billboard/Cash Box/Record World charts of June 10, 1978

Spend an hour remembering some of the most popular jazz of 1978 as listed on the Top 40 Jazz Albums charts in the June 10, 1978 issues of Billboard, Cash Box, and Record World magazines.

Playlist:


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Track 1: “Daisy Mae” by Raul de Souza, from the album Don’t Ask My Neighbors.

Jazz Album Charts: June 10, 1978
Billboard 34
Cash Box 33
Record World 24

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Track 2: “Magic in Your Eyes” by Earl Klugh, from the album Magic in Your Eyes.

Jazz Album Charts: June 10, 1978
Billboard 33
Cash Box 38
Record World 15

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Track 3: “Lotus Blossom” by David Sanborn from the album Heart to Heart.

Jazz Album Charts: June 10, 1978
Billboard 23
Cash Box 23
Record World 31

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Track 4: “Superwoman” by Noel Pointer, from the #39 album of the week, Hold On.

Jazz Album Charts: June 10, 1978
Billboard 17
Cash Box 25
Record World 26

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Track 5: “Mead” by Spyro Gyra, from the album Spyro Gyra.

Jazz Album Charts: June 10, 1978
Billboard 20
Cash Box 21
Record World 21

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Track 6: “Loveland” by Lonnie Liston Smith from the album Loveland.

Jazz Album Charts: June 10, 1978
Billboard 11
Cash Box 8
Record World 10

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Track 7: “Love Island” by Deodato, from the album Love Island.

Jazz Album Charts: June 10, 1978
Billboard 10
Cash Box 9
Record World 8

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Track 8: “Rainbow Seeker” by Joe Sample, from the album, Rainbow Seeker.  

Jazz Album Charts: June 10, 1978
Billboard 3
Cash Box 6
Record World 5

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Track 9: “Modern Man” by Stanley Clarke, from the album Modern Man.

Jazz Album Charts: June 10, 1978
Billboard 7
Cash Box 3
Record World 3

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Track 10: “Windsong” by George Benson, from the album, Weekend in L.A.

Jazz Album Charts: June 10, 1978
Billboard 1
Cash Box 2
Record World 2

feelssogood

Track 11: “Feels So Good” by Chuck Mangione from the album Feels So Good.

Jazz Album Charts: June 10, 1978
Billboard 2
Cash Box 1
Record World 1

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Thanks to Herc of Herc’s Hideaway for research assistance and support.

Cash Box #1 Jazz Albums of 1981

In 1981, 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 1981:

Week Ending Album Artist(s)
January 3 Winelight Grover Washington, Jr.
January 10
January 17
January 24
January 31
February 7
February 14
February 21
February 28
March 7
March 14
March 21
March 28
April 4
April 11
April 18
April 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
July 18
July 25
August 1
August 8
August 15 The Man with the Horn Miles Davis
August 22
August 29
September 5
September 12
September 19 Breakin’ Away Al Jarreau
September 26
October 3
October 10
October 17
October 24
October 31
November 7
November 14
November 21
November 28
December 5
December 12
December 19
December 26 The George Benson Collection George Benson

#1 Cash Box Jazz Albums:
1976 · 1977 · 1978 · 1979 · 1980

Cash Box #1 Jazz Albums of 1980

In 1980, 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 1980:

Week Ending Album Artist(s)
January 5 One on One Bob James &
Earl Klugh
January 12
January 19
January 26
February 2
February 9
February 16
February 23
March 1
March 8 Every Generation Ronnie Laws
March 15 Fun and Games Chuck Mangione
March 22
March 29
April 5
April 12
April 19
April 26
May 3 Catching the Sun Spyro Gyra
May 10
May 17
May 24
May 31
June 7
June 14
June 21
June 28
July 5
July 12
July 19 This Time Al Jarreau
July 26
August 2 Rhapsody and Blues The Crusaders
August 9
August 16 Give Me the Night George Benson
August 23
August 30
September 6
September 13
September 20
September 27
October 4
October 11
October 18
October 25
November 1
November 8
November 15
November 22
November 29
December 6
December 13
December 20
December 27 Winelight Grover Washington, Jr.

Dr. Smooth’s Flashback #10: Billboard chart of March 17, 1979

Spend an hour remembering some of the most popular jazz of early 1979 as listed on the Top 40 Jazz Albums chart in the March 17, 1979 issue of Billboard magazine.

Playlist:


larrycarlton

#40: “Nite Crawler” by Larry Carlton, from the #40 album of the week, Larry Carlton. This album is also known as the “Room 335” album as it was recorded at Larry Carlton’s Room 335 Studio in Hollywood. His first solo album released after leaving The Crusaders, this self-titled, self-produced album was in its last week on the jazz chart, having debuted 30 weeks earlier on August 26, 1978. The album features such session artists as Jeff Porcaro (drums), Greg Mathieson (keyboards), Abraham Laboriel (bass), and Paulinho da Costa (percussion).

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 12 30
Billboard 200 174

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#34: “Katherine” by the Jeff Lorber Fusion, from the #34 album of the week, Soft Space. This album was the second album by Lorber as leader of his band The Jeff Lorber Fusion and featured special guest artists Chick Corea (keyboards) and Joe Farrell (reeds). The album was released in 1978 and was on its descent down the jazz chart on this date.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 13 25
1979 Jazz Year End 41

carnival

#31: “Birdland” by Maynard Ferguson, from the #31 album of the week, Carnival. Ferguson’s cover of the Weather Report tune “Birdland” was the centerpiece of this album and quickly became a fan favorite.  Arranged by band trombonist Nick Lane, it features solos by John Qdini (guitar), Eric Traub (sax) and, of course, Maynard himself. By this date, the album had been on the jazz charts for 24 weeks. It had peaked at #9 back on October 21, 1978.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 9 26
Billboard 200 113
1979 Jazz Year End 28

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#29: “Just the Way You Are” by Ahmad Jamal from the #29 album, One. This cover of the Billy Joel standard is divided into two halves, the first is a simple piano trio treatment followed by a more upbeat fusion arrangement which features Jamal on piano throughout. This was the album’s 13th week on the chart; it had peaked at #21 on the January 6 chart.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 21 15

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#25: “Tiger in the Rain” by Michael Franks from the #25 album, Tiger in the Rain.  This Franks original finds the singer/songwriter backed by jazz stalwarts Ron Carter (bass), Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar), and Kenny Barron (piano), plus a nice feature of Seldon Powell on soprano saxophone as well as a vibraphone solo from Mike Maineiri.  This issue of Billboard marked the album’s debut on the jazz chart.  It would go on to peak at #6 on April 7.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 6 22
Billboard 200 68
1979 Jazz Year End 32

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#22: “Magic in Your Eyes” by Earl Klugh from the #22 album, Magic in Your Eyes. This title track was also the lead cut on the album. The track features Klugh’s acoustic guitar as well as a Fender Rhodes solo from Greg Phillinganes – all atop a string arrangement by Booker T. Jones, who also produced the album. Having debuted in June 1978, this album peaked at #4 on July 1, 1978. This date marked the album’s 41st of 49 weeks on the chart.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 4 49
Billboard 200 139
1979 Jazz Year End 37

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#18: “Hide and Seek (Ready or Not Here I Come)” by Chuck Mangione from the #18 album, Feels So Good. This song kicked off side two of the album, which debuted on the jazz chart in the October 22, 1977 edition before sticking around for almost 2 years. This issue marked the album’s 74 consecutive week in the jazz chart, all those weeks in the chart’s top 20 positions.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 1 98
Billboard 200 2
1979 Jazz Year End 16

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#11: “Phase Dance” by the Pat Metheny Group from the #11 album, Pat Metheny Group.  While Metheny had previously released solo albums, this was the first album attributed to the Pat Metheny Group.  The album had debuted on the jazz chart on August 5, 1978 and was in the first half of its chart run on this date. It had peaked at #5 twice: first on September 30, 1978 and then again February 10, 1979.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 5 71
Billboard 200 123
1979 Jazz Year End 5
1978 Jazz Year End 20

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#4: “Fly” by Al Jarreau from the #14 album, All Fly Home. This song was written by Jarreau and features a solo by Freddie Hubbard. It debuted on the jazz chart on October 21, 1978, peaking at #2 on November 11. It was Jarreau’s highest charting album to date.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 2 37
Billboard 200 78
R&B 27
1979 Jazz Year End 12

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#2: “Touchdown” by Bob James from the #2 album, Touchdown. This track, written by Bob James, features James on pianos (acoustic and electric) and David Sanborn on saxophone, backed by the likes of Steve Gadd and Hiram Bullock. The album had debuted on the December 16 chart and spent 10 consecutive weeks in the #1 spot before dropping to #2 this week.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 1 47
Billboard 200 37
1979 Jazz Year End 3

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#1: “A Rainy Day in Monterey” by Joe Sample from the #1 album, Carmel. This album, Sample’s most successful, was the fourth solo release from the Jazz Crusaders keyboardist. Written by Sample, it features him throughout on electric piano. The album, which debuted on the February 10 chart, would hold the #1 spot for two consecutive weeks.

Billboard Album Charts: Peak Weeks
Jazz 1 54
Billboard 200 56
R&B 25
1979 Jazz Year End 6

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

Cash Box #1 Jazz Albums of 1979

In 1979 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 1979:

Week Ending Album Artist(s)
January 6 Touchdown Bob James
January 13
January 20
January 27
February 3
February 10
February 17
February 24
March 3
March 10
March 17 Carmel Joe Sample
March 24 Livin’ Inside Your Love George Benson
March 31
April 7
April 14
April 21
April 28
May 5
May 12
May 19
May 26
June 2 Paradise Grover Washington, Jr.
June 9
June 16
June 23 Street Life The Crusaders
June 30
July 7
July 14
July 21
July 28
August 4
August 11
August 18
August 25
September 1
September 8
September 15
September 22
September 29
October 6
October 13
October 20
October 27
November 3
November 10
November 17
November 24
December 1 One on One Bob James &
Earl Klugh
December 8
December 15
December 22
December 29