Monday, October 27, 2014

List of Billboard #1 Jazz Albums of 1982

In 1982, Billboard published a Jazz Albums list with 50 albums ranked.  Through March, the list was published weekly.  Beginning in April*, the chart was published fortnightly.  A total of 173 albums charted in 1982.  Here's a chart of the #1 jazz albums of that year:

Week Ending Album Artist(s)
January 9 The George Benson Collection George Benson
January 16 Come Morning Grover Washington, Jr.
January 23
January 30
February 6
February 13
February 20
February 27
March 6 The George Benson Collection George Benson
March 13
March 20
March 27
April 3
April 10 Mystical Adventures Jean-Luc Ponty
April 24
May 8
May 22
June 5 Breakin' Away Al Jarreau
June 19 Offramp Pat Metheny Group
July 3
July 17
July 31
August 14
August 28
September 11
September 25
October 9 As We Speak David Sanborn
October 23
November 6
November 20
December 4
December 18 Casino Lights Various Artists

Four of the seven albums have previously appeared on The CD Project blog:
George Benson - The George Benson Collection (1981)
Al Jarreau - Breakin' Away (1981)
Pat Metheny Group - Offramp (1982)
David Sanborn - As We Speak (1982)

I have the remainder of the albums on vinyl, so there's a chance they'll find their way to this blog eventually.  In the meantime, check out Jean-Luc Ponty's great cover of the Stevie Wonder tune, As (with American Idol's Randy Jackson on bass).

*to be honest, the transition from weekly to biweekly was a mess. There was no chart published in the April 3 edition, but the April 10 chart suggests there was one. Based on the "Last Week" information on the April 10 chart, I reconstructed the April 3 chart the best I could. I couldn't determine which albums were at the 39, 43, and 45 spots, but George Benson definitely held the top spot that week.

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