Jazz Charts - where you live!

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Bruce Lindfield, Oct 16, 2002.

  1. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    No - not that sort of chart ;) - so like the top 20 Jazz albums in your home town if you know. What Jazz albums are popular.

    I am genuinely interested in what Jazz albums people are buying - but for a starter :

    Unbelievably orderly queues forming outside…
    Virgin Megastore, Oxford Street, London W1

    1 Nils Petter Molvaer NP3 Emarcy
    2 Dave Holland What Goes Around ECM
    3 Anouar Braham Le pas du chat noir ECM
    4 Iain Ballamy Veggie Rune Grammofon
    5 Joe Zawinul Faces and Places ESC
    6 Joshua Redman Elastic Warners
    7 Miles Davis In a Silent Way CBS
    8 Stacey Kent Collection Candid
    9 Martin Taylor Solo P3
    10 Fourplay Heartfelt RCA Victor

    This is where I buy a lot of my Jazz albums - well more accurately where I browse for Jazz albums! ;)
  2. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    There isn't a Jazz chart displayed in the music shops near me. So I've no idea what people in my area are buying. However, (in best west-country accent) this month, I 'ave mostly been buying...

    Herbie Hancock - The New Standard
    Herbie Hancock - Dis Is Da Drum
    Paco Jastorius - Word Of Mouth
  3. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    Fourplay??? These guys sound the same on each disc they do. :D
  4. Ahhhh, Canada.... the Mecca of jazz! I searched high and low for Vancouver, and then Canadian jazz charts. Based on what I've found, I can tell you that jazz is an alien concept in this country. I did find this Canadawide "Jazz" chart, but can't vouch for its reliability. I've never heard of some of these artists, and my guess is some of them ain't jazz, Bubba.

    Top Ten Chart For
    27 September 2002
    1 Joey DeFrancesco * Ballads And Blues * Concord
    2 Patricia Barber * Verse * Blue Note
    3 Chucho Valdes * Fantasia Cubana: Variatio * Blue Note
    4 Brad Mehldau * Largo * Warner
    5 Raymond Scott * Kodachrome * Basta
    6 DJ Spooky * Optometry * Thirsty Ear
    7 Les Hommes * Les Hommes * 18th St. Lounge
    8 Eddie Palmieri * La Perfecta II * Concord
    9 Hugh Ragin * Feel The Sunshine * Justin Time
    10 Spring Heel Jack * Amassed * Thirsty Ear

    Based on Jazz/Blues airplay on Canadian campus/community radio.
  5. thrash_jazz


    Jan 11, 2002
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Artist: JAF Basses, Circle K Strings
    In response to the X-man, I used to work in c/c radio, and there was only one show that played jazz (although there were a few that played jAzZy StUfF).

    So, basically, whenever stuff came in from the Jazz labels of note (such as Blue Note, Putumayo, etc.) it would make the charts. I would also question that chart's reliability, if it came from c/c.

    Like you say, X, a lotta that stuff probably isn't really jazz (although let's not start an argument on it, mmmkay?) since their categorizations also leave one scratching one's head at times.
  6. No argument from me. It's just that when I read "DJ Spooky", I start to wonder.
  7. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Nils Petter Molvaer probably isn't "jazz" either, though it's exemplary of ECM's current output.
  8. thrash_jazz


    Jan 11, 2002
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Artist: JAF Basses, Circle K Strings
    A few of those names do sound familiar although i can't recall their music. All I know for sure is that Thirsty Ear Records isn't known for its jazz selection.
  9. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Yeah, maybe(?).
    Thirsty Ear does have some nice stuff by Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Charles Gayle, Mat Maneri, etc.
  10. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Hey! Why isn't this excellent thread in the recordings forum? We are talking about charts of recordings, right? Furthermore, the recordings forum needs more jazz threads.

    I'm not the mod here, so I don't know if I can move the thread. I'll try. Let's see what happens.
  11. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Well, I tried and it seems that the mod of one forum can't move threads from another forum to his own, so the thread stays here.
  12. Pretty impressive! They actually have a Top 20 list which seems to be a legitimate "jazz" chart (as opposed to our half-arsed, sorry excuse for a Top 10 Jazz chart). Then again, you're in Nueva York!
  13. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Here is the Billboard/CDNow top ten jazz chart as of 27 September 2002.

    1. Diana Krall: "The Look of Love"

    2. Patricia Barber: "Verse"

    3. Karrin Allyson: "In Blue"

    4. Joshua Redman: "Elastic"

    5. Dave Holland Big Band: "What Goes Around"

    6. Brad Mehldau: "Largo"

    7. Duke Ellington: "1969 All-Star White House Tribute"

    8. Various Artists: "Verve/Unmixed"

    9. Branford Marsalis Quintet: "Footsteps of Our Fathers"

    10. Cassandra Wilson: "Belly of the Sun"
  14. Considering her popularity (I like her), and the fact that she is Canadian (a Vancouverite for that matter), I'm surprised That Diana Krall didn't make it to our list.
  15. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Diana Krall is a favorite of mine. This particular album has been out nearly a year now and has topped the jazz charts much of that time. I am just as surprised as you, Xavier, that her CD does not appear in your Canadian jazz chart.

    I wish I had her talent and her looks. Ah, heck! If I can't have her looks, I'd still be very pleased to have her talent.
  16. phatlizard


    Sep 21, 2002
    Ask A Woman Who Knows

    All I Got

    Petrucciani,Michel & Tony:


    Always Let Me Go - Live In Tokyo

    Live In Paris

    Jazz Sampler:
    Brigitte Edition - Jazz For Dinner

    Sings Standards

    A Sigh, A Song

    Meola,Al di:
    Flesh On Flesh
  17. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Moved, at the request of Boplicity(who I will always think of as Jason Oldstead;)).
  18. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Embellisher, many, many thanks for the favor. We need many more jazz discussions in "Recordings."
    Oh, by the way, I still think of myself as Jason Oldsted too. JO and Boplicity are alter-egos.:D
  19. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I suppose the question now is - how many of these albums are actually "Jazz" and not something else?

    Has anyone noticed how the Classical Charts have been besieged by manufactured groups which consist of attractive young women who appear dressed in revealing clothes on the cover? :rolleyes:

    Thery make a "nod" to Classical music by doing versions of popular Classics and with huge Marketing Campaigns, zoom up the charts. Of course you don't need to sell so many albums to get high in these specialist charts, so the legitimate releases get pushed down and eclipsed in stores - incredibly depressing! :(

    But what can we do about things like this as fans of "specialist" music?