Kellee Patterson – Maiden Voyage (Remastered) (1973/2020) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Kellee Patterson – Maiden Voyage (Remastered) (1973/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 28:12 minutes | 552 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Black Jazz Records

Digitally remastered edition of this 1974 album from the under-rated Soul vocalist. Let’s hope that in addition to appeasing the faithful, the reappearance of Maiden Voyage generates the interest of a new generation of listeners who are interested in honest and attractive music of the past. Produced by Gene Russell, accompanied by George Harper’s sprightly flute and a subdued rhythm section, Patterson’s lovely, sure-pitched voice fits the love song ‘Magic Wand of Love’ and the boogaloo ‘Soul Daddy’ well, as does her interpretation of lyrics specially fashioned for the Herbie Hancock instrumental ‘Maiden Voyage’.

“Despite an offer from Motown Records Patterson chose to go with the less well-known (but arguably much hipper) Black Jazz Records run by jazz pianist Gene Russell. The label was established to provide an alternative to the more traditional jazz labels with a more political and spiritual feel often blended with funk overtones. The Black Jazz roster at the time may not have had the big guns that Motown did but the talent was undeniably there albeit in lesser-known jazz circles. Rudolph Johnson, Jean Carne and The Awakening were all featuring alongside Patterson and because of Gene Russell’s reputation the session musicians they attracted were first-class. Kellee’s first recording on Black Jazz was the 1973 album Maiden Voyage featuring a cover of Herbie Hancock’s signature tune.” (Voices of East Anglia)

“Kellee Patterson’s debut LP Maiden Voyage is edgier and more challenging than her subsequent soul-oriented sessions, yet at the same time it’s also the most mainstream recording ever issued on the Black Jazz imprint, boasting little of the label’s signature deep-groove swagger. Produced and arranged by Black Jazz founder Gene Russell, the album’s late-night, neon-lit atmosphere nevertheless does right by Patterson’s sultry if slight vocals, although the material – highlighted by the Herbie Hancock-penned “Maiden Voice” – seems to require a more aggressive interpretation.” (Jason Ankeny, AMG)


1. Kellee Patterson – Magic Wand of Love
2. Kellee Patterson – Look at the Child
3. Kellee Patterson – Soul Daddy (Lady)
4. Kellee Patterson – Maiden Voyage
5. Kellee Patterson – Don’t Misunderstand
6. Kellee Patterson – See You Later
7. Kellee Patterson – You
8. Kellee Patterson – Be All Your Own