Friday, January 20, 2006

Tony Bennett and Nina Simone Collections Debut on Billboard Jazz Chart

Tony Bennett Sings for Lovers and Nina Simone: The Definitive Collection, new compilations from the legendary singers, debuted on the Billboard jazz chart this week.

The Simone collection, which debuted at number 14, includes "I Put a Spell on You," "Love You or Leave Me," and "I Loves You Porgy" from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Sings for Lovers, which collects tracks recorded in the 1970s, entered the chart at number 20. It includes such standards as "Isn't It Romantic," "Thou Swell," and "I Could Write a Book."

The top of the chart remained unchanged, with Michael Bublé's It's Time at number one, the Thelonious Monk Quartet and John Coltrane's At Carnegie Hall at number two, and Chris Botti's To Love Again: The Duets at number three.

Movers included the CD of the Higher Ground hurricane relief concert, which jumped from number 20 to number 12 in its eighth week.

On the contemporary-jazz chart, Herbie Hancock's Possibilities remained at number one. Movers included Kim Water's All For Love, which jumped from number 17 to number six.

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