Back in 1993 Munich’s Into Somethin’ crew started a clubnight entitled ‘Maiden Voyage’. The idea behind it was simple: while the successful weekly Into Somethin’ sessions set up by Michael Reinboth, Florian Keller and Theo Thoennessen in 1989 kept on providing a take on the current state of dancemusic from a Jazz DJ’s point of view the guys wanted to establish another night dedicated strictly to the classics. Jazz, Soul, Brasil, Boogie and Disco have been on the musical menu at Maiden Voyage ever since.
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Title: Maiden Voyage
Cat No: CPT 260-1
The kickoff and a handful of further sessions happened at the ‘Allotria’ before the Maiden Voyage crew moved to a place called’ The Loft’. Though the latter didn’t have too much in common with David Mancuso’s legendary living room it turned out to be a perfect spot for the following three years. Since ’97 the Maiden Voyage Nights have been happening at the Atomic Café, an intimate 60’s style Club in Munich’s downtown, for a variety of reasons. Any club where the owner himself regularly had more drinks by the end of the night than the DJ’s can’t be a bad choice…not to mention a mysterious golden cape, but that’s a different story.
However, Maiden Voyage became kind of a regular family reunion of Germany’s Jazz DJ alliance from the very start. Some of the nations finest DJ’s have been showing up over the past years to play 100% pure old school selections to a mixed crowd of musiclovers from all across the board. Rainer Trüby played his first ever guest- DJ gig at the Maiden Voyage opening night and joined the resident DJ crew straight away. Jazzanova’s Jürgen v. Knobloch has been playing frequently as well as Beanfield’s Michi Mettke amongst others.
Michael Reinboth and Florian Keller still love to play a set at Maiden Voyage every now and then but both guys left the ship’s bridge to concentrate on their variety of other projects in the late 90’s. Theo and Rainer were joined by Roland Appel of Fauna Flash, Trüby Trio and Voom:Voom fame instead to form the infamous threepiece that kept on keeping on ever since.
It’s been a long time coming but 14 years on from the opening night you hold the first Maiden Voyage compilation in your hands featuring 13 classic tracks from the soulful end of the musical agenda. The name ‘Maiden Voyage’ originates from Herbie Hancock’s ’65 Blue Note classic of course and there’s a quote from Herbie himself on the sleeve of his concept-album masterpiece which sums up the music on this compilation quite well, too: ‘This music attempts to capture its vastness and majesty, the splendor of a sea going vessel on its maiden voyage, the graceful beauty of the playful dolphins, the constant struggle for survival of even the tiniest sea creatures and the awesome destructive power of the hurricane, nemesis of seamen.’
I had the pleasure to play at Maiden Voyage several times over the years and it’s definitely one of my alltime- favourite sessions. Thanks, boys! Ship Ahoy!
Heiko ‘Hamburg’ Jahnke
Nohelani Cyprianos – Lihue
“Lihue” by hawaiian singer Nohelani Cyprianos had always been a greatfull floorfiller at our Maiden Voyage nights . It was originaly included on a fundraising compilation for drug rehab from 1977 called “Home Grown“.
Roy Ayers – Respect Yourself
“Respect Yourself” is definitively a girl pleaser and one of Roy Ayers lesser known tracks, taken from his “Love Fantasy” LP from 1980. With ist combination of pure positive boogie bizness and dramatic jazz breaks a true gem from the king of jazz-funk.
Toto – Georgy Porgy
Maybe the funkiest track from this westcoast poprock group. Here we have the long 12″ version with Cheryl Lynn providing the female vocal part.
Raw Soul Express – The Way We Live
This sought after rare groove classic from 1977 has became something like a little maiden voyage anthem. It was released as a 45″ on Henry Stones Cat label out of Miami.
High Inergy – Lovin’ Fever
Girl group sweetness from High Inergy produced 1978 on Barry Gordy’s Motown label.
Norman Connors – She’s Gone
“She’s Gone” is modern soul at its best from the man who gave us so much superb music from spiritual jazz to high class boogie. We thank you for that Captain Conners. This track is taken from Connors “Mr. C” album from 1981 and features Beau Williams on vocals.
Xavier – Love Is On The One
This supersweet mover is lifted from Xaviers album “Point Of Pleasure”. Rahni P. Harris, who was also responsible for Dayton’s boogie anthem “The Sound Of Music“, contributed his production skills for this while the bass is played by a certain Mr. Bootsy Collins.
Diana Ross – Tenderness
Diana Ross “Tenderness“ is boogie at his best, The combination of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic fame and the soul diva Diana Ross made this a great tune from a great album, maybe Dianas best as a solo artist.
Cameo – Love You Anyway
Cameo started as a 10 piece funk supergroup in the mid 70s. In the early 80s only three of the original band members remained. From that time is this wonderfull jazzy ballad from their chartbreaking “She’s Strange“ album.
Hubert Laws – Land Of Passion
Jazz flutist Hubert Laws is joined by his sister Debra on this sweet aestival track.
Debra Laws – Very Special
Again a Laws family affair. Produced by her brothers Ronnie and Hubert Laws “Very Special“ is the title track from her only solo release on Elektra.
James Mason – I Want Your Love
This epic slow-mo boogie masterpiece which isn’t included on James Masons jazzfunk classic “Rhythm Of Life” was produced in the 80s but stayed unreleased until 1996, where a few 100 copies were pressed for the British Mighty Fine Records.
Alicia Myers – I Want To Thank You
Alicia Myers started her career as a member of the soul group “Chairman Of The Board” and later became the lead singer of “One Way”. “I Wanna Thank You“ is from her solo album “Alicia” and became a big hit with Larry Levan at the legendary club night “Paradise Garage”.
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