Boney James, Rick Braun Go To Head Of Contempo Class

Shake It Up lands at #1 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz albums chart.

With Billboard's Top Jazz albums chart in a holding pattern from last week, the news comes from the Top Contemporary Jazz albums chart, where Shake It Up, the new album by smooth jazzers Boney James (saxophone) and Rick Braun (trumpet), debuts at #1.

Shake It Up contains the tune "Grazin' in the Grass" (RealAudio excerpt).

Guitarist George Benson's Absolute Benson lasted only one week at the top spot, and is now at #2. Vocalist Al Jarreau's Tomorrow Today drops down one spot to #3, followed by saxophonist Dave Koz's the Dance (#4), Kenny G's Classics in the Key Of G (#5), Acoustic Alchemy's The Beautiful Game (#6) and Urban Knights's Urban Knights III (#7).

Boney James' solo album, Body Language takes the #8 spot, while singer Maysa's All My Life moves down one notch to #9. Japanese pianist/singerKeiko Matsui's Whisper From the Mirror rounds out the group of elite contemporary jazz artists at #10.

Meanwhile, Diana Krall's When I Look in Your Eyes continues to rule Billboard's Top Jazz albums chart. Pianist David Benoit's Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years (#2) and Medeski Martin & Wood's Tonic (#3) all hold onto their top positions. Saxophonist Joshua Redman's Beyond moves up one to #4, followed by singer Steve Tyrell's A New Standard (#5) and the Miles Davis compilation, Love Songs (#6).

After debuting at #4 last week, trumpeter Roy Hargrove's Moment to Moment — Roy Hargrove With Strings falls to #7. Harry Connick, Jr.'s Come by Me and Krall's re-issued Stepping Out last another week at #8 and #9, respectively. Pianist Keith Jarrett's The Melody at Night, With You moves up two, to take the 10th spot on the chart.