Trumpeter Roy Hargrove's new all-ballad album, Moment to Moment, breaks into Billboard's Top Jazz albums chart this week, grabbing the #4 position and knocking saxophonist Joshua Redman's Beyond down to #5.
Hargrove's new CD, recorded at Big Sur, Calif., features the strings of the Monterey Jazz Festival Chamber Orchestra. Saxophonist Sherman Irby, pianist Larry Willis, bassist Gerald Cannon and drummer Willie Jones III completed the 30-year-old's quintet on the highly successful album.
"Historically speaking, trumpet players with strings have been very successful," said Jason Olaine, associate producer of Moment to Moment. "A lot of jazz doesn't reach as many people as a string record because a [string record] is more accessible and more melodic. It doesn't even sound like jazz to most people."
Moment to Moment features the tune "You Go to My Head."
Diana Krall refuses to budge from her top spot with the CD When I Look In Your Eyes, with David Benoit (#2) and Medeski Martin & Wood's Tonic (#3) continuing to trail the star singer-pianist. Singer Steve Tyrell's A New Standard dropped down to #6, followed by Miles Davis' Love Songs (#7), Harry Connick Jr.'s Come by Me (#8), Krall's reissued 1993 debut Stepping Out (#9), and The Very Best of John Coltrane (#10).
Drummer Roy Haynes makes his chart debut this week at #20 with his April release The Roy Haynes Trio, Featuring Danilo Perez & John Patitucci.
Meanwhile, on Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz albums chart singer/guitarist George Benson's Absolute Benson debuts at #1, dislodging singerAl Jarreau's Tomorrow Today from its six-week reign. Benson's new album, released May 23, features bassist Christian McBride, drummer Cindy Blackman and vocalist Claudia Acuna.
Saxophonist Dave Koz's The Dance also gets bumped down to #3 followed by soprano sax man Kenny G's Classics in the Key of G (#4), Urban Knights' Urban Knights III (#5), guitarist Larry Carlton's Fingerprints (#6), and saxophonist Paul Taylor's Undercover (#7). Acoustic Alchemy makes its debut at #8 with the Beautiful Game, while sax man Boney James's Body Language (#9) and singerMaysa's All My Life (#10) round out the top 10.