With 2011 coming to a close, fans have been treated to tons of wonderful and inspiring music from our favorite contemporary artists. Taking a look back at the year in review, these were top 10 albums blew the competition out of the water to come out as the best-selling jazz albums of the year!
#10: Hello Tomorrow – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dave Koz[/lastfm]
It’s been a good year for Dave Koz earning a Grammy nod for his No.1 jazz album Hello Tomorrow. Featuring all new music and collaborations with artist like Ray Parker Jr., Sheila E., Jonathan Butler, Herb Alpert and many more, the star power and rich melodies helped bump him up to a ten album of the year.
#9: The Very Best Of The Rat Pack — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Frank Sinatra[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dean Martin[/lastfm] & [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sammy Davis Jr.[/lastfm]
#8: Christmas With The Rat Pack — Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr.
Taking the 8th and 9th spot, people still just can’t get enough of the original Rat Pack and their best lounge hits.
#7: Contact — [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Boney James[/lastfm]
Coming back from a serious car accident last year, Boney James championed through his recovery to come out with a new release that became his 9th studio album to top the Billboard Jazz Charts.
#6: Chamber Music Society – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Esperanza Spalding[/lastfm]
Newcomer cellist Esperanza Spalding splashed onto the scene after taking home the Grammy for Best New Artist in 2010 and has turned heads with her sophisticated classical sound ever since.
#5: Hollywood: The Deluxe (EP) – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Michael Buble[/lastfm]
Featuring eight new tracks including his hit “Hollywood,” this deluxe EP from Michael Buble was an extension to his full-length album Crazy Love.
#4: Joy To The World – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pink Martini[/lastfm]
The fifth studio album release from the 13-member “little orchestra,” Pink Martini, their rendition of “We Three Kings” was featured as a free Starbucks download that helped spread the word about this group.
#3: Crazy Love — Michael Buble
#2: Christmas — Michael Buble
Rounding into the top three, Michael Buble has been an unstoppable seller in 2011 with both his hugely popular No.1 album Crazy Love and his October released Christmas album.
#1: Duets II – [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Tony Bennett[/lastfm]
To celebrate his 85th birthday, the No. 1 selling artist of the year, Tony Bennett, released a compilation of notable covers featuring his many famous friends like Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Norah Jones and the late Amy Winehouse.