Friday, June 7, 2013

40 Year Itch : The Jazz Top 5

About to get down with your lady friend? You could put the needle on something from Marvin Gaye, Isaac Hayes or this new guy Barry White. But the safest bet is something from the Jazz charts. Here are the Top 5 selling jazz albums from June 3, 1973.

1. The Crusaders : The 2nd Crusade

With the help of ABC's "Wild World of Sports", which used a cut off the album for its sign off, The Crusaders took the top spot with the soulful and sometimes downright funky double album,  The 2nd Crusade.

2. Donald Byrd : Black Byrd

One of jazz's most successful cross over artists crossed all the way over into soul with his 1973 album.

3. Freddie Hubbard Sky Dive

Trumpet player Freddie Hubbard teams up with George Benson, Keith Jarrett and Hubert Laws on the smooth jazz album, which also featured a cover of The Godfather theme.

4. Deodato : Prelude Deodato

Best known for its hit "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)", arranger/keybopardist Eumir Deodato's Prelude/Deodato featured ear pleasing elevator music that anticipated the disco beats to come.

5. Milt Jackson : Sunflower

Vibraphonist Milt Jackson hired Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard Ron Carter and Billy Cobham for this most traditional of the top 5 jazz albums. Their cover of  The Stylistics hit "People Make the World Go Round" launches into a funky groove about three minutes in. Check it out!

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