3. Duke Ellington & John Coltrane – Self Titled; Recorded, September 26, 1962 and released, February, 1963 on Impulse. During the time of this session, both musicians were are the peaks of their careers: Duke Ellington collaborating with Count Basie, Charles Mingus and Louis Armstrong on landmark 60’s sessions, while John Coltrane was being embraced by mainstream for his classic rendition of “My Favorite Thing” and worshipped by jazz fans for his earthy tones and spiritual music journeys. Highly Recommended!!!!
4. Rufus and Chaka Khan – Masterjam: Released, November, 1979 on MCA and is the bands debut album for the label, however it is the band’s eighth studio album altogether. Fans and critics both agree that Masterjam is Rufus & Chaka Khan’s most commercial album to date due to the hit single “Do You Love What You Feel” and the production of Mr. Quincy Jones. Masterjam peaked at number 14 on Billboard Top 200 and number 1 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums. Recommended
5. Dire Straits – Brother In Arms: Released, May 13, 1985 on Warner Brothers and is the band’s fifth album. Brothers In Arms was a commercial success for the British band who by 1985 had mastered the art of crafty and catchy songs. Notable musicians on board included: Omar Hakim and Sting. Recommended
6. Sister Sledge – We Are Family: Released, January 22, 1979 on Cotillion and is the third studio album by the ladies. Produced by the production team of Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards, We Are Family became a break away hit album consisting of four single: the number one “He’s The Greatest Dancer“, “Lost In Music“, “Thinking Of You” and the group’s second number one, the anthem “We Are Family“. We are Family peaked at number one on Billboard Top R&B Albums and number three on Billboard Top 200. Recommended
7. Grover Washington Jr – Live At The Bijou: Released, December 1977 on Kudu and is a double lp. Grover Washington’s Live At The Bijou would do well on the charts: hitting number one on Billboard Top Jazz Album and number four on Billboard Top R&B Albums, however, Live At The Bijou, would be his last record for legendary producer Creed Taylor. Recommended
8. Hank Mobley – Roll Call: Recorded, November 13, 1960 and released July, 1961 on Blue Note and considered Mr. Mobley at his peak. Notable musicians include: Wynton Kelly on piano, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Paul Chambers and Art Blakey on drums. Highly Recommended
9. (2nd Week) The Beatles – The Blue Album 1967 – 1970: Released, April 2, 1973 on Apple and is an compilation album that peaked at number one on Billboard Top 200. Recommended
10. Barry White – Just Another Way To Say I Love You: Released, March 25, 1975 on 20th Century and is Mr. White’s fourth studio album. Just Another Way To Love You was his follow-up to the platinum album Can’t Get Enough and Mr. White wasted to time delivering two more hit singles; “What Am I Gonna Do With You” and “I’ll Do For You Anything You Want Me To“; continue his successful run on the charts. Just Another Way To Say I Love You peaked at number one on Billboard R&B Albums and number seventeen on Billboard Top 200. Recommended