Jazz Chart Update: Week of August 26

John Coltrane’s Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album was originally released in June 2018, but made a surging re-entry into the Billboard Jazz Top 10 albums this week. (Photo: Jim Marshall Photography LLC)

As vocalist Michael Bublé returned to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Jazz Chart, where his new album Love entered its 40th week, a handful of jazz-adjacent funk and hip-hop albums have clustered beneath him, making for an eclectic showing in the Top 10. Other noteworthy happenings in this week’s chart included the sudden 14-spot rise — from No. 19 to No. 5 — of the “lost” John Coltrane album Both Directions at Once, which was originally released in June 2018. The latent resurgence could perhaps be explained by the recent discovery of yet another previously unissued Coltrane album, Blue Worlds, which is due out on Impulse! Records on Sept. 27. Newcomers to this week’s list include trumpeter Rick Braun, whose 18th album Crossroads was released Aug. 13 and currently resides in the No. 3 spot, as well as the R&B outfit Ikebe Shakedown, a groove-heavy ensemble whose new album Kings Left Behind specializes in vintage funk. Below is the complete Top 10 list:

1. Love, Michael Bublé





2. Kings Left Behind, Ikebe Shakedown





3. Crossroads, Rick Braun





4. Follow the Leader, Jonathan Hay and Benny Reid featuring Mike Smith




5. Both Directions at Once: The Lost AlbumJohn Coltrane





6. Good Time, Ranky Tanky





7. Anatomy of Angels: Live at the Village Vanguard, Jon Batiste





8. Love Is Here To Stay, Tony Bennett & Diana Krall

9. Jazz Part Two, Smith & Hay X King Tech





10. This I Dig of You, Jimmy Cobb





Keyboardists continued to reign in the JazzWeek Radio Chart, which monitors album plays by U.S. radio stations. This week, eight of the Top 10 albums featured keyboardists in the leader or co-leader role. This time around Mike LeDonne, a versatile musician known broadly for his work on the Hammon B3 organ, reclaimed his place at the No. 1 spot, followed by pianists Chick Corea and Michel Camilo, both of whom have new albums out that explore the Latin side of their artistry. Other pianists to land in the Top 10 include Hammond B3 organ wiz Tony Monaco (in duet with saxophonist Richie Cole), Mingus Big Band pianist David Kikoski and Japanese piano visionary Yoko Miwa. The only albums by non-pianists to make the list were drummer Al Foster’s Inspirations and Dedications (which, in a piano-related twist, includes a tribute to keyboard legend Herbie Hancock) and The Verve Jazz Ensemble’s Night Mode. Below are the Top 10 albums:

1. Partners In Time, Mike LeDonne





2. Antidote, Chick Corea and The Spanish Heart Band

3. Essence, Michel Camilo

4. The Keys of Cool, Riche Cole/Terry Monaco





5. I’m All Smiles, George Cables





6. Samba Jazz Alley, Antonio Adolfo





7. Inspirations & Dedications, Al Foster

8. Keep Talkin’, Yoko Miwa

9. Night Mode, Verve Jazz Ensemble

10. Phoenix Rising, David Kikoski





That’s it for this week’s jazz chart update. Check back next week to see if you’re favorite new album ade the list. 

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