Cranberry Records

In late 1985, MCA Records offered basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar his own jazz imprint, Cranberry Records. Unfortunately, the label never got off the ground. What follows is a documentation of the label’s short life as told through primary sources:



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Billboard, December 28, 1985, p. 71


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Billboard, February 15, 1986, p. 56


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Billboard, February 22, 1986, p. 52


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Billboard, March 22, 1986, p. 60


Untitled

Rolling Stone, April 10, 1986, p. 17


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Billboard, March 21, 1987, p. 31


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Down Beat, April 1987, p. 13


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Billboard, April 4, 1987, p. 33


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Billboard, May 16, 1987, p. 66


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Billboard, July 4, 1987, p. 31


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Billboard, March 5, 1988, p. 59


Ben Sidran interviews Kareem Abdul-Jabbar about jazz. Conversation about Cranberry begins about 6 minutes in:

KAREEM ABDUL JABBAR TALKING JAZZ



Charting the Charts:Spyro Gyra – Incognito (1982)

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Here’s a look at how Spyro Gyra’s album Incognito fared in various publications:

1982
Date Billboard Jazz Billboard 200 Cashbox 200 Rolling Stone 100
Oct 16 138
Oct 23 18 73 119
Oct 30 61 103
Nov 6 3 51 81
Nov 13 48 69
Nov 20 3 46 64 66
Nov 27 46 63
Dec 4 3 56 61 56
Dec 11 69 88
Dec 18 3 80 107 56
Dec 25 80 112
1983
Jan 1 80 112 63
Jan 8 2 94 112
Jan 15 94 125 63
Jan 22 2 109 129
Jan 29 109 136  66
Feb 5 2 117 158
Feb 12 133 167
Feb 19 3 148 187
Feb 26 148 199
Mar 5 3 148
Mar 12 146
Mar 19 3 146
Mar 26 184
Apr 2 3
Apr 9
Apr 16 10
Apr 23
Apr 30 11
May 7
May 14 17
May 21
May 28 12
June 4
June 11 12
June 18
June 25 22
July 2
July 9 40
July 16
July 23 38
July 30
Aug 6 32
Aug 13
Aug 20 29
Aug 27
Sept 3 29
Sept 10
Sept 17 41
Sept 24
Oct 1 40
Oct 8
Oct 15 44

 


REVIEWS:

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Billboard, October 9, 1982

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

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