Jimmy Smith's Last Album Debuts on Jazz Chart

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Hammond B-3 master Jimmy Smith's final album, a collaboration with his fellow organist and prot_g_ Joey DeFrancesco, made its first appearance on the Billboard jazz chart this week at number 14.

The album, titled Legacy, was released on February 15, a week after Smith's death at 79. It includes Smith's classic "Back at the Chicken Shack," Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas," and "Jones'n for Elvin," which features saxophonist James Moody.

Vocalist Michael Bubl_'s It's Time remained at number one for the second straight week.

Two albums reappeared on the chart after winning Grammy Awards on February 13. Vocalist Nancy Wilson's R.S.V.P., which won Best Jazz Vocal Album, jumped to number 13; it had previously spent 23 weeks on the chart, peaking at number seven. And Charlie Haden's Land of the Sun, which won Best Latin Jazz Album, rose to number 16; it had spent nine weeks on the chart, peaking at number 14.

Kenny G's At Last... The Duets Album remained atop the contemporary jazz chart for the 14th week. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber's Flipside debuted on the chart at number five.

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