It took a CD that costs less than two bucks to end pianist/singer Diana Krall's 38-week reign at the top of the Billboard Top Jazz albums chart.
The $1.98 compilation BET on Jazz Presents: For the Love of Jazz, with such artists as guitarist John Pizzarelli, singer Claudia Acuña and Acoustic Alchemy, had been threatening at #2 for the past six weeks and has finally ascended to the throne.
Krall's incredibly successful 1999 release When I Look in Your Eyes (RealAudio excerpt of title track), featuring John Clayton on bass, Russell Malone on guitar and Jeff Hamilton on drums, went gold in January. It's now at #2 on the chart.
But just as Krall has been knocked down a notch, another singer makes an auspicious debut Dianne Reeves, whose In the Moment (Blue Note) lands at #6. The live recording at the SIR Sound Stage in Los Angeles was produced by legendary keyboardist George Duke. He plays piano with Reeves on the tune "Come In..." (RealAudio excerpt).
On the rest of the chart, 32 Jazz's compilation Jazz for the Quiet Times holds on to the #3 position, followed by pianist David Benoit's Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years! (#4) and Krall's reissued Stepping Out (#5). Harry Connick Jr.'s Come by Me moves up one spot to #7 while the soundtrack to Woody Allen's movie "Sweet and Lowdown" drops down three spots to #8. Both 32 Jazz's Jazz for the Open Road (#9) and Medeski Martin & Wood's Tonic (#10) squeeze back into the top 10 this week.
Saxophonist Steve Cole's Between Us (Atlantic) enters Billboard's Contemporary Jazz albums chart this week at #8. Also premiering are two Higher Octave compilations: Smooth Grooves Essential Collection at #10 and Panorama The Best of Craig Chaquico at #14.
Saxophonist Boney James and trumpeter Rick Braun's Shake It Up (#1) and guitarist George Benson's Absolute Benson (#2) continue to preside over the Contemporary chart. Walter Beasley's Won't You Let Me Love You (#3) trades positions with saxophonist Dave Koz's The Dance (#4), while Kenny G's platinum CD Classics in the Key of G moves up one to #5. Al Jarreau's Tomorrow Today takes the #6 spot, followed by Acoustic Alchemy's The Beautiful Game (#7), Cole's Between Us (#8), Boney James' Body Language (RealAudio excerpt of title track) and Higher Octave's Smooth Grooves Essential Collection (#10).