Long-Lost Monk-Coltrane Recording Debuts on Billboard Jazz Chart

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A recently discovered live recording of the Thelonious Monk Quartet with saxophonist John Coltrane debuted on the Billboard jazz chart this week at number two.

The Voice of America network made the recording for radio broadcast at a concert at Carnegie Hall in 1957. A 55-minute tape of the concert was discovered at the Library of Congress in January.

Singer Michael Bubl_'s It's Time topped the chart for the 33rd time in the last 34 weeks.

Other new entries include pianist Brad Mehldau's Day Is Done, which includes renditions of the title song by Nick Drake and other pop tunes, at number five; Michael Feinstein and George Shearing's Hopeless Romantics, a tribute to songwriter Harry Warren, at number 13; The Best of Nat King Cole at number 15; vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater's J'ai Deux Amours at number 22; and pianist Bill Charlap and singer Sandy Stewart's Love Is Here to Stay at number 25.

Herbie Hancock's Possibilities topped the contemporary-jazz chart for the fifth straight week. A live greatest-hits collection from guitarist George Benson debuted at number four; there were also new entries from singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn (number nine), pianist Bob Baldwin (number ten), and pianist Ramsey Lewis (number 16). We Get a Kick Out of Jazz, a compilation of pop musicians performing jazz standards, made its first appearance at number 14.

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