Three New Albums Enter Billboard Jazz Chart

Classic Arts News   Three New Albums Enter Billboard Jazz Chart
New releases from vocalist Curtis Stigers, trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, and saxophonist Scott Hamilton debuted on the Billboard jazz chart this week.

Stiger's I Think It's Gonna Rain Today, a collection of pop songs sung in a jazz idiom, entered the chart at number 16. Ruffin's Throwback, on which he is accompanied by his fellow New Orleans veterans in the the Rebirth Brass Band, is at number 20. Hamilton's Back in New York, which features the Bill Charlap Trio, made its first appearance at number 24.

Singer Michael Bubl_'s It's Time remained at number one on the chart. Movers included The Ground, from pianist Tord Gustavsen and his trio, which jumped from number 14 to number eight in its third week on the chart.

On the contemporary jazz chart, Kenny G's At Last... The Duets Album reclaimed the top spot from Verve Unmixed 3, a compilation of classic jazz performances remixed by DJs. New on the chart was Best Reason to Buy the Sun from the Benevento Russo Duo, a keyboard-and-drums "jam band."

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