Tuesday, March 28, 2006

New Albums From Brian Bromberg and SFJAZZ Collective Debut on Billboard Chart

Bassist Brian Bromberg's Wood II and SFJAZZ Collective 2, the latest album from the all-star group led by saxophonist Joshua Redman, debuted on the Billboard jazz chart this week at numbers 19 and 20.

Wood II features pianist Randy Waldman and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta; tracks includes such jazz standards as "Caravan," "I'll Remember April," and "Blue Bossa as well as an arrangement of Paul McCartney's "Let 'Em In." SFJAZZ Collective 2 focuses on the music of John Coltrane; in addition to Redman, the group includes trumpeter Nicholas Payton, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, and saxophonist Miguel Zenón.

The top three spots on the chart were unchanged: vocalist Michael Bublé's It's Time at number one, trumpeter Chris Botti's To Love Again: The Duets at number two, and Bublé's live Caught in the Act at number three.

There were no new entries on the contemporary-jazz chart. Herbie Hancock's Possibilities remained at number one, where it has spent 19 of the last 29 weeks.

By Ben Mattison - playbillarts.com

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