Spend an hour remembering some of the most popular jazz of 1982 as listed on the Jazz Radio National Airplay chart in the June 18, 1982 issue of Radio & Records magazine.
The jazz chart had premiered in the May 21, 1982 issue:
#29: “Common Ground” by Judy Roberts, from the #29 album of the week, Nights in Brazil. Written by Ivan Lins, John Guth, Michael Holmes, and Paul Winter; produced by Judy Roberts and Andy Waterman. The album spent 5 weeks on the R&R chart, peaking at #16: this would be its last week on the chart, having first charted when the chart premiered on May 21.
- Judy Roberts – Vocals, keyboards
- Neal Saroka – Guitar
- David Derge – Drums, percussion
- Michael Fiorino – Bass
#24: “On Second Thought” by Nightwind, from the #24 album of the week, A Casual Romance. Written by Jeff Hull; produced by Charles Black, Jeff Hull, Peter Lewis, and Bill Stilfield. Debuting on this week’s chart, the album would eventually spend 10 weeks on the R&R jazz chart, peaking at #15 on July 2.
- Charles Black – Reeds, percussion
- Jeff Hull – Drums
- Barry Coates – Guitars
- Rich Eames – Keyboards
- Steve Anderson – Bass
- John Mandel – Percussion, mallets
#21: “Love Duet” by Michael Franks, from the #21 album of the week, Objects of Desire. Written by Michael Franks; produced by Michael Colina and Ray Bardani. The album spent 7 weeks on the R&R chart, peaking at #14 on the May 21 chart.
- Michael Franks, Renee Diggs – Vocals
- Francisco Centeno – Bass
- Harvey Mason – Drums
- Hugh McCracken – Guitar
- Rob Mounsey, Michael Colina – Keyboards
- Victor Feldman, Ray Bardani – Percussion
- David Sanborn – Saxophone
#20: “East River Drive” by Grover Washington, Jr. from the #20 album, Come Morning. Written by Grover Washington, Jr.; produced by Grover Washington, Jr. and Ralph MacDonald. The album spent 6 weeks on the R&R chart, peaking at #10 on the May 21 chart.
- Grover Washington, Jr. – Saxophone
- Ralph MacDonald – Percussion
- Steve Gadd – Drums
- Marcus Miller – Bass
- Richard Tee – Fender Rhodes
- Eric Gale – Guitar
- Paul Griffin – Synthesizer
#15: “Margarita” by Herb Alpert from the #15 album, Fandango. Written by Juan Carlos Calderón; produced by José Quintana and Herb Alpert. The album spent 21 weeks on the R&R jazz chart, peaking at #12 on July 2.
- Herb Alpert – Trumpet
- José Quintana – Backing vocals
- Victor Ruiz Pazos – Bass
- Carlos Vega – Drums
- Miguel Peña – Guitar
- Bill Cuomo – Keyboards
- Paulinho DaCosta – Percussion
#13: “Paradise” by Herbie Hancock from the #13 album, Lite Me Up. Written by Herbie Hancock, Jay Graydon, David Foster, and Bill Champlin; produced by Jay Graydon. The album spent 14 weeks on the R&R jazz chart, peaking at #4 on July 2.
- Herbie Hancock – Vocals, keyboards
- Jay Graydon – Guitar
- Jeff Porcaro – Drums
- Abe Laboriel – Bass
- David Foster – Acoustic piano
- Bill Champlin, Richard Page, Venette Gloud – Background vocals
#11: “Birdland” by Freddie Hubbard from the #11 album, Ride Like the Wind. Written by Joe Zawinul; produced by Jeffrey Weber. The album spent 8 weeks on the R&R jazz chart, peaking here at #11.
- Freddie Hubbard – Trumpet
- Bill Maxwell – Drums
- Joe Porcaro – Percussion
- Abe Laboriel – Bass
- Bill Mays – Keyboards
- Dan Ferguson – Guitars
- Chuck Findley, Gary Grant – Trumpets
- Vince Derosa – French Horn
- Bill Waltrous – Trombone
- Bud Shank, Bill Perkins, Bob Tricarico – Saxophones
#7: “Forget Me Nots” by Patrice Rushen from the #7 album, Straight from the Heart. Written by Patrice Rushen, Teri McFadden, and Freddie Washington; produced by Charles Mims Jr. and Patrice Rushen. The album spent 12 weeks on the R&R jazz chart, peaking at #4 on the premiere chart of May 21.
- Patrice Rushen – Vocals, keyboards
- Ollie E. Brown – Drums
- Freddie Washington – Bass
- Gerald Albright – Saxophone
- Roy Galloway – Backing vocals
#5: “San Juan Sunset” by Lee Ritenour from the #5 album, Rio. Written by Eumir Deodato; produced by Lee Ritenour. The album spent 9 weeks on the R&R jazz chart, peaking here at #5.
- Lee Ritenour – Guitar
- Dave Grusin – Keyboards
- Marcus Miller – Bass
- Buddy Williams – Drums
- Jeff Mironov – Rhythm Guitar
- Rubens Bassini – Percussion
#4: “Soaring” by Dan Siegel from the #4 album, Dan Siegel. Written and produced by Dan Siegel. The album spent 14 weeks on the R&R jazz chart, peaking here at #4.
- Dan Siegel – Keyboards
- Rob Thomas – Bass
- Moyes Lucas, Jr. – Drums
- Paul Jackson, Jr. – Guitar
- Lenny Castro – Percussion
- Mark Hatch – Flugelhorn
#2: “Hollywood” by Maynard Ferguson from the #2 album, Hollywood. Written and produced by Stanley Clarke. The album spent 16 weeks on the R&R jazz chart, peaking here at #2.
- Maynard Ferguson – Trumpet
- Nathan East – Bass
- Ndugu Chancler – Drums
- Stanley Clarke – Acoustic Piano
- Todd Cochran – Keyboards
- Alex Acuna – Percussion
- David Sanborn – Saxophone solos
- Jerry Hey, Chuck Findley, Gary Grant, Larry Hall – Trumpets
- Charlie Loper, Lew McCreary, Bill Reichenbach – Trombones
- Jim Horn, Larry Williams, Gary Herbig, Kim Hutchcroft – Saxophones
#1: “Eighteen” by Pat Metheny Group from the #1 album, Offramp. Written by Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, and Nan Vaconcelos; produced by Manfred Eicher. The album spent 27 weeks on the R&R jazz chart, spending 10 consecutive weeks in the #1 position.
- Pat Metheny – Guitars, guitar synthesizers
- Lyle Mays – Keyboards
- Steve Rodby – Bass
- Dan Gottlieb – Drums
- Nana Vasconcelos – Percussion, voice