Wednesday, December 10, 2014

List of Billboard #1 Jazz Albums of 1981



In 1981, Billboard published a top 50 Jazz Albums list in every issue.  Here's a chart of the #1 jazz albums of that year:

Week Ending Album Artist(s)
January10 Winelight Grover Washington, Jr.
January 17
January 24
January 31
February 7
February 14
February 21
February 28
March 7
March 14
March 21
March 28
April 4
April 11
April 18
April 25
May 2
May 9
May 16
May 23
May 30
June 6
June 13
June 20
June 27
July 4
July 11 The Clarke/Duke Project Stanley Clarke & George Duke
July 18 Winelight Grover Washington, Jr.
July 25 Voyeur David Sanborn
August 1 As Falls Wichita So Falls Wichita Falls Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays
August 8 Winelight Grover Washington, Jr.
August 15 The Man with the Horn Miles Davis
August 22
August 29
September 5 Breakin' Away Al Jarreau
September 12
September 19
September 26
October 3
October 10
October 17
October 24
October 31 Freetime Spyro Gyra
November 7
November 14 Breakin' Away Al Jarreau
November 21
November 28
December 5
December 12
December 19
December 26



I own Winelight on vinyl, but three of the remaining six albums have previously appeared over at The CD Project blog:
David Sanborn - Voyeur (1981)
Al Jarreau - Breakin' Away (1981)
Spyro Gyra - Freetime (1981)

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