Hello Music Lovers and Music Enthusiast,
When I look at this weeks top 10 artists, it’s quite obvious that I have been listening to a lot of r&b and jazz this past week. Part of the reason you are seeing more jazz on the charts is because I made a goal to buy mostly jazz because I’m working on replacing my collection and i’m not purchasing a lot of vinyl from others genres.
Miles Davis and his second great quintet make their debut this week at number 10 with Miles Smiles. Aretha Franklin’s 1977 Sweet Passion also debuts at number 9 with a bullet. The Queen of Chess, Etta James takes her place in the countdown this week at number 8 with her self titled third album, while Jamiroquai trip the light fantastic himself to number 7 with Rock Dust Light Star.
Quincy Jones debuts two A&M recordings into the countdown this week with his classic Walking In Space; which debuted the highest this week at number 3 and 1970’s Gula Matari that made its entrée to number 5.
The Queen of Swing, Ella Fitzgerald breaks into the top ten at number 4 with 1959s’ Sings Sweet Songs For Swingers
Two bands has returned to the charts for a second week: Tom Tom Club and their self titled album at number 6, while Earth, Wind & Fire and their masterpiece That’s The Way Of The World leaps to number 2.
Even though, my focus has been on jazz vinyl it has not disrupted Sade from staying at number one for the second week in a row with the classic Stronger Than Pride.
1. (2nd Week) Sade – Stronger Than Pride: Released, April 5, 1988 on Portrait and is the third studio album by the band. Released to critical acclaim by jazz, r&b, and pop fans and music critic, Stronger Than Pride is considered the bands most commercial release of the their eighties input. Stronger Than Pride finds the band peaking musically and lyrically and also associating with additional talented musicians such as; Leroy Osbourne on vocals, Martin Ditcham on drums and percussion and Nick Ingman whose string arrangements can be heard on “Haunt Me” and “I Never Thought I’d See The Day “. U.S. singles released include; “Paradise” and “Nothing Can Come Between Us“. Stronger Than Pride peaked at number three on Billboard R&B Albums and number 7 on Billboard Top 200. Highly Recommended!!!
2. (2nd Week) Earth, Wind & Fire – That’s The Way Of The World: Released, March 15, 1975 on Columbia and is the sixth studio album by the group. That’s The Way Of The World, was also the soundtrack for a 1975 motion picture of the same name. Released to positive reviews from r&b/pop fans and music journalist. in 1975, Billboard magazine described the album as “a very tightly produced and performed package”. The album was accompanied by two hot singles: “Shining Star“, “That’s The Way Of The World” and the groups breakout hit and the love anthem “Reasons“. That’s The Way Of The World peaked at number one on Billboard Top 200 and number one on Billboard R&B Albums.
3. Quincy Jones – Walking In Space: Recorded, June 18 -19 and released in later 1969 on A&M. Walking In Space is Jones’s first studio album for the label and finds the arranger in peak form. Key songs include; “Walking In Space“. “Dead End” and “Killer Joe“. Notable musicians included; Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Jay Jay Johnson & Kai Winding on trombones, Roland Kirk & Hubert Laws on reeds, Ray Brown on bass, Chuck Rainey on bass, Bob James on electric piano, Bernard Purdie on drums and Valerie Simpson on vocals. Walking In Space peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Jazz, number 6 on Billboard R&B Albums and number 56 on Billboard Top 200. Highly Recommended!!!
4. Ella Fitzgerald – Sings Sweet Songs For Swingers: Recorded, November 24, 1958 & July 11, 1959 and released in the latter part of 1959 on Verve. Ella Fitzgerald, who by 1959 was at the peak of her vocal prowess; teams up with arranger Frank DeVol for an light swing album of standards; one might say this project was a slight departure from her typical songbook recordings during this time. Recommended!!!
5. Quincy Jones – Gula Matari: Recorded, March 25-26 and May 12, 1970 and released later in the 1970on A&M and was also Quincy Jones’s second studio album for the label. Gula Matari continues the success of Walking In Space and peaks at number 2 on Billboard Jazz, number 16 on Billboard R&B Albums and number 63 on Billboard Top 200. Recommended
6. (2nd Week) Tom Tom Club – Tom Tom Club: Released, October 1981 on Sire and is the band’s debut album. Released at the beginning of the emergence of hip-hop, the Tom Tom Club had a huge hit with their lead off single “Genius Of Love” and a dance hit with their second single “Wordy Rappinhood“. Tom Tom Club peaked at number 23 on Billboard Top 200. Recommended!!!
7. Jamiroquai – Rock Dust Light Star: Released, April 24, 2012 on Universal and it is the band’s seventh studio album.
8. Etta James – Etta James: Released, July 1962 on Argo, Etta James is the artist’s third studio album. Produced by the Chess brothers, Etta James would go on to spawm three singles two of which are duets with Etta being joined by Harvey Fugua on “If I Can’t Have You” and “Spoonful“. Etta James also contains the song that would be heavily associated with the artist “Something’s Got A Hold On Me“. Recommended
9. Aretha Franklin – Sweet Passion: Released, May 19, 1977 on Atlantic, and is Franklin’s twenty-sixth studio album. Sweet Passion scored Aretha’s last number one r&b hit at Atlantic; with the lead single “Break it To Me Gently“.
10. Miles Davis – Miles Smiles: Recorded, October 24–October 25, 1966 and released, February 16, 1967 on Columbia and is the second of five albums recorded by Davis’s second great quintet, which featured saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams. Miles Smiles showcases Davis’ deeper exploration of modal performance with looser forms, tempos, and meters. Although the album did not follow the conventions of bop, neither did it follow the formlessness of free jazz. Highly Recommended!!!