Bill Charlap Plays Gershwin: The American Soul features such standards as "A Foggy Day," "'S Wonderful," "Bess, You Is My Woman Now," "Nice Work if You Can Get It," "Somebody Loves Me," and "How Long Has This Been Going On?" The personnel includes trumpeter Nicholas Payton, trombonist Slide Hampton, alto saxophonist Phil Woods, and tenor saxophonist Frank Wess along with Charlap's usual bandmates, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington.
Michael Bubl_'s It's Time topped the chart for the 20th week, with Madeleine Peyroux's Careless Love moving up to number two and Paul Anka's Rock Swing down to number three.
Also new to the chart were singer Rita Coolidge's And So Is Love at number 22 and Out of Nowhere, an organ trio album from saxophonist James Carter, at number 24.
On the contemporary-jazz chart, vocalist Lizz Wright's Dreaming Wide Awake remained at number one for the third straight week. Saxophonist Richard Elliot's Metro Blue debuted at number two.