Friday, April 14, 2006

Cassandra Wilson Album Debuts at Number Two on Jazz Chart

Vocalist Cassandra Wilson's Thunderbird made its first appearance on the Billboard jazz chart this week at number two.

The album, her sixth on the Blue Note label, features blues songs by Blind Lemon Jefferson and Willie Dixon, Jakob Dylan's "Closer to You," and songs by producer T-Bone Burnett and members of her band, who include keyboardist Keith Ciancia, drummer Jim Keltner, bassist Reginald Veal, guitarists Colin Linden and Marc Ribot, and producer Mike Elizondo.

Michael Bublé's It's Time remained at number one, while Chris Botti's To Love Again fell to number three and Bublé's Caught in the Act dropped to number four.

Also new to the chart was guitarist Pat Martino's Remember: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery at number 11; singer Erin Boheme's What Love Is at number 17; Sangam, from saxophonist Charles Lloyd, tabla player Zakir Hussain, and drummer Eric Harland, at number 20; and guitarist Mimi Fox's Perpetually Hip at number 23.

On the contemporary-jazz chart, Herbie Hancock's Possibilities remained at number one. Medeski Martin and Wood's Note Bleu: Best of the Blue Note Years, 1998-2005 debuted at number six. New entries also included an "urban jazz" compilation called Sweet & Sexy at number 13 and saxophonist Nelson Rangell's Souls to Souls at number 15.

By Ben Mattison - playbillarts.com

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