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Charts November 20th - 26th

November 27, 2015
Happy Thanksgiving! We aren't on air today (just the Charts show!), but we hope you tune in for some great music - we'll be back next week!

Until then, here are our NEW top 10s! Definitely some movement here...

Jazz

Look at all these new names! And a HUGE jump for Tia Brazda!



1    TIA BRAZDA    Bandshell    Flatcar
2    KIM NAZARIAN    Some Morning    Self-Released
3    BOB JAMES AND NATHAN EAST    The New Cool    yamaha
4    CARTER CALVERT    It's A Man's World    Sound On Purpose-UOJ
5    LAFAYETTE HARRIS JR. TRIO    Bend To The Light    AIRMAN
6    JEFF LORBER FUSION    Step It Up    Concord
7    JOANN FUNK AND JEFF Quick read more or view full article BRUESKE    Jazz In The Lobby Bar    Self-Released
8    KENDRICK SCOTT ORACLE    We Are The Drum    Blue Note
9    JEFF HEALEY    The Best Of The Stony Plain Years    
10    YORON ISRAEL AND HIGH STANDARDS    This Moment    Ronja

World

Also some new names, a new number one! A few familiar names keepin' it up though.



1    JOSS JAFFE    Dub Mantra Sangha    Tatouine
2    KARAVAN SARAI PROJECT    Woven Landscapes    Electrofone
3    BLACK MASALA    I Love You Madly    Self-Released
4    GRUPO FANTASMA    Problemas    Blue Corn
5    TRIBECASTAN    Goddess Polka Dottess    Evergreene Music
6    EMPRESARIOS    The Vibes    Self-Released
7    MICHAEL FRANTI AND SPEARHEAD    "Once A Day" [Single]    
8    STICK FIGURE    Set In Stone    Ruffwood
9    BUCKMAN COE    Malama Ka 'Aina    Tonic
10    DABY TOURE    Amonafi    Cumbancha

College

Hey! Look who's back at #1!!!



1    LUCERO    All A Man Should Do    ATO
2    DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS    It's Great To Be Alive!    ATO
3    YAWPERS    American Man    Bloodshot
4    JASON ISBELL    Something More Than Free    Southeastern
5    BLITZEN TRAPPER    All Across This Land    Vagrant
6    FAT FREDDY'S DROP    Bays    The Drop
7    ALL THEM WITCHES    Dying Surfer Meets His Maker    New West
8    KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD    Paper Mache Dream Balloon    ATO
9    DECEMBERISTS    Florasongs [EP]    Capitol
10    ST. GERMAIN    St. Germain    Nonesuch

Roots

Chris Isaak and Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown certainly keep in the top 5, but there are some new names in town:



1     MIKE ZITO & THE WHEEL    Keep Coming Back    Ruf Records
2    CHRIS ISAAC    First Comes the Night     Vanguard/Conchord
3    JJ APPLETON & JASON RICCI    Dirty Memory    Old Boy Network
4    KIM SIMMONDS & SAVOY BROWN   The Devil to Pay    Ruf Records
5    BETH BOMBARA    Beth Bombara    Self
6    BAD NEWS BARNES & THE BRETHREN OF BLUES BAND    90 Proof Truth    Flaming Saddles Records
7    CHRIS BEARD    Eye of the Witch    Destin
8    TOMMY CASTRO AND THE PAIN KILLERS   Method to My Madness    Alligator
9    PINETOP PERKINS    Pinetop's Boogie Woogie    New West
10    CLARENCE "THE BLUES MAN" TURNER    The Caster Blaster    Uniqek Sound Records

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Charts November 13th-19th

November 20, 2015
It's almost Thanksgiving! We're thankful for all this new music over here at KAFM!

We won't have charts up next Friday because of the Holiday, but we will post them on Monday, November 30th for the upcoming week.

Anyways, here's this week's!

Jazz

John Pizzarelli takes the top honors for the second week in a row! Plus, a debut in at #5...



1    JOHN PIZZARELLI    Midnight McCartney    Concord
2    LAFAYETTE HARRIS JR. TRIO    Bend To The Light    AIRMAN
3    DAN TRUDELL TRIO    Dan Trudell Plays Piano    Self-Released
4    JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS    Live In Cuba    Blue Engine
5    TIA BRAZDA    Bandshell    Flatcar
Quick read more or view full article /> 6    GABRIEL ALEGRIA AFRO-PERUVIAN SEXTET    10    Zoho
7    JEFF HEALEY    The Best Of The Stony Plain Years    
8    SAM TAYLOR    My Future Just Passed    Cellar Live
9    CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO    Live At The Village Vanguard    Mack Avenue
10    CHICK COREA AND BELA FLECK    Two    Concord

World

What's this? A new #1? Grupo has been featured on our charts for several weeks, but the squeek up to the top!



1    GRUPO FANTASMA    Problemas    Blue Corn
2    DABY TOURE    Amonafi    Cumbancha
3    STICK FIGURE    Set In Stone    Ruffwood
4    BUCKMAN COE    Malama Ka 'Aina    Tonic
5    BLACK MASALA    I Love You Madly    Self-Released
6    CEU    Live    Six Degrees
7    TRIBECASTAN    Goddess Polka Dottess    Evergreene Music
8    EMPRESARIOS    The Vibes    Self-Released
9    VIEUX FARKA TOURE AND JULIA EASTERLIN    Touristes    Six Degrees
10    BALLAKE SISSOKO AND VINCENT SEGAL    Musique De Nuit    Six Degrees

College

Colorado is the name of the game this week! We've got 3 CO artists in our top 10, including the Yawpers, who knocked Lucero off their 8-week top-streak last go 'round...



1    *YAWPERS    American Man    Bloodshot
2    LUCERO    All A Man Should Do    ATO
3    KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD    Paper Mache Dream Balloon    ATO
4    JASON ISBELL    Something More Than Free    Southeastern
5    DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS    It's Great To Be Alive!    ATO
6    LETTUCE    Crush    Self-Released
7    *NATHANIEL RATELIFF AND THE NIGHT SWEATS    Nathaniel Rateliff And The Night Sweats    Stax
8    GARY CLARK JR.    The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim    Warner Bros.
9    BLITZEN TRAPPER    All Across This Land    Vagrant
10    *WHISKEY AUTUMN    Call You Mine    Self-Released

Roots

This is the first time in recent memory the Roots charts have stayed relatively close to the week before - sure, we've had the same chart topper, but the top 5 is very similar to last week...



1    KIM SIMMONDS AND SAVOY BROWN    The Devil to Pay
2    CHRIS ISAAK    First Comes the Night
3    SHAWN MULLINS    My Stupid Heart
4    BILLY GIBBONS AND THE BFG's    Perfectamundo
5    TOMMY CASTRO AND THE PAINKILLERS    Method to My Madness
6    COLLECTIVE SOUL    See What You Started by Continuing
7    GEORGIE BONDS    Hit it Hard
8    JJ APPLETON & JASON RICCI    Dirty Memory
9    STEVE FORBERT    Compromised
10    THE LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS    The Souther Surreal

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Charts November 6th - 12th

November 13, 2015
New week, new charts! We've got a LOT of movement this week - check out all these new #1s...

Jazz

John Pizzarelli finally grabs that top spot, after coming in the top 5 for weeks!



1    JOHN PIZZARELLI    Midnight McCartney    Concord
2    LAFAYETTE HARRIS JR. TRIO    Bend To The Light    AIRMAN
3    JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS    Live In Cuba    Blue Engine
4    DAN TRUDELL TRIO    Dan Trudell Plays Piano    Self-Released
5    PETER KOGAN    Some Monsterful Wonderthing    Koganote
6    FRANK KOHL    Invisible Man    Pony Boy
7    LEE RITENOUR    A Twist Of Rit    Concord
8    CHICK COREA AND BELA FLECK    Two    Concord
9    CHARLES RUGGIERO    As Quick read more or view full article Heard On TV    Rondette
10    WESTERN STANDARD TIME    A Big Band Tribute To The Skatalites, Vol. 2    Vintage Vault

World

TriBeCaStan moves to the #1 spot this week! There are also a couple new names cropping up...



1    TRIBECASTAN    Goddess Polka Dottess    Evergreene Music
2    GRUPO FANTASMA    Problemas    Blue Corn
3    VIEUX FARKA TOURE AND JULIA EASTERLIN    Touristes    Six Degrees
4    BUCKMAN COE    Malama Ka 'Aina    Tonic
5    EMPRESARIOS    The Vibes    Self-Released
6    SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA    Resistance    Strut
7    JAH CURE    The Cure    VP
8    BOOGAT    Neo-Reconquista    Maisonette
9    CEU    Live    Six Degrees
10    NATTALI RIZE AND NOTIS    New Era Frequency    One Rebel Creative

College

What's this?! Lucero gets knocked off the top spot for the first time since the album debuted at KAFM! By a Colorado band!!



1    YAWPERS    American Man    Bloodshot
2    LUCERO    All A Man Should Do    ATO
3    JASON ISBELL    Something More Than Free    Southeastern
4    NATHANIEL RATELIFF AND THE NIGHT SWEATS    Nathaniel Rateliff And The Night Sweats    Stax
5    DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS    It's Great To Be Alive!    ATO
6    KASKADE    Automatic    Warner
7    LETTUCE    Crush    Self-Released
8    KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD    Paper Mache Dream Balloon    ATO
9    GARY CLARK JR.    The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim    Warner Bros.
10    BLITZEN TRAPPER    All Across This Land    Vagrant

Roots

A new number one, and a few debuts here!



1    KIM SIMMONDS AND SAVOY BROWN    The Devil to Pay
2    TOMMY CASTRO AND THE PAIN KILLERS    Method to My Madness
3    CHRIS ISAAK    First Comes the Night
4    BILLY GIBBON AND THE BFG'S    Perfectamundo
5    SHAWN MULLINS    My Stupid Heart
6    STEVE FORBERT    Compromised
7    MICK ROTHMAN    PLace, Loss, Love & Life: The Songs of Mick Rothman
8    GEORGIE BONDS    Hit it Hard
9    JJ APPLETON & JASON RICCI    Dirty Memory
10    DON HENLEY   Cass County


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Charts October 30th - November 5th

November 6, 2015
First week of November! Here's what the new month brings us:

Jazz

A few familiar names - but John Pizzarelli keeps climbing! Can't break Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, though:



1    JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS    Live In Cuba    Blue Engine
2    JOHN PIZZARELLI    Midnight McCartney    Concord
3    WESTERN STANDARD TIME    A Big Band Tribute To The Skatalites, Vol. 2    Vintage Vault
4    BOB MCCHESNEY    Chez Sez    MoCo
5    ARTURO SANDOVAL    Live At Yoshi's    ALFI
6    JEFF LORBER FUSION    Step It Up    Concord
7    JOANN FUNK AND JEFF BRUESKE    Jazz In The Lobby Bar    Self-Released
8    LUCIANA SOUZA    Speaking In Tongues    Sunnyside
9    LIZZ WRIGHT   Quick read more or view full article  Freedom And Surrender    Concord
10    ANTONIO ADOLFO    Tema    AAM

World

SoulJazz Orchestra, still dominating this week!



1    SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA    Resistance    Strut
2    VIEUX FARKA TOURE AND JULIA EASTERLIN    Touristes    Six Degrees
3    EMPRESARIOS    The Vibes    Self-Released
4    BOOGAT    Neo-Reconquista    Maisonette
5    GRUPO FANTASMA    Problemas    Blue Corn
6    NATION BEAT    Carnival Caravan    Self-Released
7    BALLAKE SISSOKO AND VINCENT SEGAL    Musique De Nuit    Six Degrees
8    CEU    Live    Six Degrees
9    TRIBECASTAN    Goddess Polka Dottess    Evergreene Music
10    GABRIEL ALEGRIA AFRO-PERUVIAN SEXTET    10    Zoho

College

Is anyone surprised Lucero is still king? But Drive-By is inching closer and closer...



1    LUCERO    All A Man Should Do    ATO
2    DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS    It's Great To Be Alive!    ATO
3    NATHANIEL RATELIFF AND THE NIGHT SWEATS    Nathaniel Rateliff And The Night Sweats    Stax
4    BLITZEN TRAPPER    All Across This Land    Vagrant
5    JASON ISBELL    Something More Than Free    Southeastern
6    WIDESPREAD PANIC    Street Dogs    
7    GARY CLARK JR.    The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim    Warner Bros.
8    DECEMBERISTS    Florasongs [EP]    Capitol
9    DARLINGSIDE    Birds Say    Self-Released
10    CIRCA WAVES    Young Chasers    Virgin

Roots

There's some movement here as well - a lot of debuts!



1    EDDIE COTTON    One at a Time
2    JAMES COTTON    Might Long Time
3    TOMMY CASTRO AND THE PAIN KILLERS    Method to My Madness
4    MICK ROTHMAN    Place, Loss, Love & Life: The Songs of Mick Rothman
5    LANCE CANALES    The Blessing and the Curse
6    HEATHER CROSSE    Groovin' at the Crosse Roads
7    WARREN HAYNES    Ashes & Dust
8    PINETOP PERKINS    Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
9    JUDY COLLINS    Strangers Again
10   TUMBLEWEED WANDERERS    Realize

A lot of movement this week, keep it tuned to see what we've got next Friday!!
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