Monday, October 17, 2005

Michael Bublé and Herbie Hancock Continue Hold on Billboard Jazz Charts

The top four positions on the Billboard jazz chart remained the same this week.Michael Bublé’s It’s Time stayed in the number-one position for the 34th week, followed by a recording of a Carnegie Hall performance of the Theolonius Monk Quartet with John Coltrane; Madeleine Peyroux’s Careless Love; and Chris Botti’s When I Fall in Love.

There were no new recordings on the chart, but five albums re-entered: Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker’s Town Hall, New York City, June 22, 1945 at number 14; Sara Gazarek’s Yours at number 19; Kyle Eastwood’s Paris Blue at number 20; Renee Olmstead’s self-titled album at number 24; and David Sanborn’s Closer at number 25.

Albums that saw significant sales increases included Paul Anka’s Rock Swings, Michael Feinstein and George Shearling’s Hopeless Romantics, Louis Armstrong’s Louis Armstrong, and a compilation called 20 Best of Jazz.

On the contemporary-jazz chart, saxophonist Kirk Whalum’s Kirk Whalum Performs the Babyface Songbook entered the chart at number two. Keyboardist and composer Alex Bugnon’s Free entered at number 19.

Herbie Hancock’s Possibilities held onto its number-one position for the sixth straight week.

By Emily Quinn - playbillarts.com

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