Kellee Patterson

Maiden Voyage

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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.

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