The Verve compilation Antonio Carlos Jobim's Finest Hours breaks into Billboard's Top Jazz albums chart this week at #23, following its release June 27.
The album features some of the world-renowned guitarist's most popular and widely performed tunes, including "Desafinado" (RealAudio excerpt) and "The Girl From Ipanema" (RealAudio excerpt). The Jobim disc is the latest in Verve's "Finest Hour" series, which also has featured Stan Getz, Quincy Jones, Jimmy Smith and Sarah Vaughan.
Elsewhere on the charts, singer/pianist Diana Krall's 1998 release When I Look in Your Eyes holds the top spot for the 37th straight week. The $1.98 CD BET on Jazz Presents: For the Love of Jazz stays at #2, followed by David Benoit's Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years! (#3), the movie soundtrack to Sweet and Lowdown (#4) and 32 Jazz's Jazz for the Quiet Times (#5). Krall's reissued Stepping Out remains at #6, while Harry Connick Jr.'s Come by Me moves up to #7. Medeski Martin & Wood's Tonic stops its decline at #8, trailed by the Miles Davis compilation Love Songs (#9) and trumpeter Roy Hargrove's Moment to Moment (#10).
On the Billboard's Contemporary Jazz albums chart, Boney James and Rick Braun's Shake It Up (#1), George Benson's Absolute (#2), saxophonist Dave Koz's The Dance (#3) and Acoustic Alchemy's The Beautiful Game (#4) all maintain their top spots. Kenny G's platinum CD Classics in the Key of G (#5) trades positions with Al Jarreau's Tomorrow Today, while Boney James' Body Language and Keiko Matsui's Whisper From the Mirror stay idle at #6 and #7, respectively. Urban Knights' Urban Knights III moves up one to #9, and Paul Taylor's Undercover moves up to break into the top 10.