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Inside Sonny Rollins’s Jazz Archive, Headed Home to Harlem

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Charting the Charts: Tom Scott – Apple Juice (1981)

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Here’s a look at how the Tom Scott album Apple Juice fared in various publications:

1981
Date Billboard Jazz (50) Billboard 200 Cash Box 200 Cash Box Jazz (30)
July 11 34 161 173 23
July 18 20 147 151 15
July 25 10 127 138 10
Aug 1 10 125 128 10
Aug 8 9 123 125 10
Aug 15 9 143 122 9
Aug 22 7 131 122 8
Aug 29 11 131 138 8
Sept 5 10 125 7
Sept 12 17 168 7
Sept 19 17 200 7
Sept 26 13 9
Oct 3  12 12
Oct 10 11 11
Oct 17 12 10
Oct 24 20 15
Oct 31 18 20
Nov 7 18 19
Nov 14 21 19
Nov 21 21 27
Nov 28 24 28
Dec 5 24 26
Dec 12 27
Dec 19 35
Dec 26 34
1982
Date Billboard Jazz (50) Billboard 200 Cashbox 200 Cash Box Jazz (30)
Jan 9 34
Jan 16 32
Jan 23 31
Jan 30 27
Feb 6 43

REVIEWS:

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DownBeat, January 1982, pp. 34-35

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Billboard, June 27, 1981, p. 70

Billboard #1 Contemporary Jazz Albums of 1988

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Starting in 1987, Billboard switched from having one “Top Jazz Albums” chart with forty chart positions to having two jazz albums charts: 1) the existing “Top Jazz Albums” chart was reduced to 15 chart positions, and 2) a new “Top Contemporary Jazz Albums” chart premiered with 25 positions. Here’s a chart of the #1 Top Contemporary Jazz Albums of 1988:

Week Ending Album Artist(s)
January 9 Go Hiroshima
January 23
February 6 Dianne Reeves Dianne Reeves
February 20
March 5
March 19
April 2
April 16
April 30 And You Know That Kirk Whalum
May 14
May 28
June 11 Simple Pleasures Bobby McFerrin
June 25
July 9 Reflections George Howard
July 23 Time and Tide Basia
August 6
August 20 Close-Up David Sanborn
September 3 Rites of Summer Spyro Gyra
September 17
October 1 Simple Pleasures Bobby McFerrin
October 15
October 29
November 12 Silhouette Kenny G
November 26
December 10
December 24

#1 Jazz Albums:
1970 · 1971 · 1972 · 1973 · 1974 · 1975 · 1976 · 1977 · 1978 · 1979
1980 · 1981 · 1982 · 1983 · 1984 · 1985 · 1986 · 1987 · 1988 · 1989

#1 Contemporary Jazz Albums:
1987 · 1988 · 1989

Billboard #1 Contemporary Jazz Albums of 1987

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Starting with the February 28, 1987 issue, Billboard switched from having one “Top Jazz Albums” chart with forty chart positions to having two jazz albums charts: 1) the existing “Top Jazz Albums” chart was reduced to 15 chart positions, and 2) a new “Top Contemporary Jazz Albums” chart premiered with 25 positions.  From the aforementioned issue:

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Here’s a chart of the #1 contemporary jazz albums of 1987:

Week Ending Album Artist(s)
February 28 Standards, Vol. 1 Stanley Jordan
March 14
March 28 Najee’s Theme Najee
April 11
April 25
May 9
May 23
June 6
June 20 Duotones Kenny G
July 4
July 18
August 1
August 15 Collaboration George Benson
& Earl Klugh
August 29
September 12
September 26
October 10 Discovery Larry Carlton
October 24
November 7
November 21 Stories Without Words Spyro Gyra
December 5 Go Hiroshima
December 19

#1 Jazz Albums:
1974 · 1975 · 1976 · 1977 · 1978 · 1979
1980 · 1981 · 1982 · 1983 · 1984 · 1985 · 1986

Cool Heat (1983)

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1983 UK release

SIDE ONE:

  1.  “Garden Party” by Mezzoforte.  Taken from the 1982 album, Surprise Surprise.  Peaked at #17 on the UK singles charts in February 1983.
  2.  “Space Princess” by Lonnie Liston Smith.  Taken from the 1978 album, Exotic Mysteries.
  3.  “Brazilian Love Affair” by George Duke.  Taken from the 1980 album, A Brazilian Love AffairPeaked at #36 on the UK singles charts in July 1980.
  4.  “Jazz Carnival” by Azymuth. Taken from the 1979 album, Light as a FeatherPeaked at #19 on the UK singles charts in January 1980.
  5.  “Funkin’ for Jamaica (N.Y.)” by Tom Browne.  Taken from the 1980 album, Love ApproachPeaked at #10 on the UK singles charts in July 1980.
  6.  “Invitations” by Shakatak.  Taken from the 1982 album, InvitationsPeaked at #24 on the UK singles charts in September 1982.
  7.  “Let’s Stay Together” by Bobby M, vocals by Jean Carn.  Taken from the 1982 album, BlowPeaked at #53 on the UK singles charts in January 1983.
  8.  “I Thought It Was You” by Herbie Hancock.  Taken the from the 1978 album, Sunlight.  Peaked at #15 on the UK singles charts in August 1978.
  9.  “Stuff Like That” by Quincy Jones, vocals by Chaka Khan and Ashford & Simpson, saxophone solo by George Jones.  Taken from the 1978 album, Sounds…and Stuff Like That!!  Peaked at #34 on the UK singles charts in July 1978.  Peaked at #21 on the US singles charts in 1978.

SIDE TWO:

  1.  “Birdland” by Weather Report.  Taken from the 1977 album, Heavy Weather.
  2.  “Morning Dance” by Spyro Gyra.  Taken from the 1979 album, Morning Dance.  Peaked at #17 on the UK singles charts in July 1979.  Peaked at #24 on the US singles charts in 1979.
  3.  “Sign of the Times” by Bob James.  Taken from the 1981 album, Sign of the Times.
  4.  “The Groove” by Rodney Franklin.  Taken from the 1980 album, You’ll Never Know.  Peaked at #7 on the UK singles charts in April 1980.
  5.  “Together Again” by Stanley Clarke.  Taken from the 1979 album, I Wanna Play for You.
  6.  “The Chinese Way” by Level 42.  Taken from the 1982 album, The Pursuit of AccidentsPeaked at #24 on the UK singles charts in January 1983.
  7.  “Stomp!” by Brothers Johnson. Taken from the 1980 album, Light Up the Night, produced by Quincy Jones.  Peaked at #6 on the UK singles charts in February 1980.  Peaked at #7 on the US singles charts in 1980.
  8.  “What’s Going On?” by Harvey Mason, vocals and guitar by George Benson. Taken from the 1977 album, Funk in a Mason Jar.
  9.  “Rockall” by Mezzoforte.  1983 single-only release.  Peaked at #75 on the UK singles charts in June 1983.
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