Friday, April 21, 2006

Vocalist Sophie Milman Debuts on Billboard Jazz Chart

Vocalist Sophie Milman's self-titled debut album made its first appearance on the Billboard jazz chart this week at number 14.

Born in Russia, Milman grew up in Israel and Canada; her first album was released in Canada two years ago and was one of the top-selling jazz releases of 2004 there. It includes renditions of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Agua de Beber," Cole Porter's "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," the Gershwins' "The Man I Love," and other standards.

The top of the chart was unchanged, with Michael Bublé's It's Time continuing its long reign at number one and Cassandra Wilson's Thunderbird again at number two in its second week.

On the contemporary-jazz chart, Herbie Hancock's Possibilities remained at number one. The sole new entry was guitarist Venon Neilly's G-Fire II, at number 24.

By Ben Mattison -

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