Maiden Voyage

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Nnenna Freelon's fifth CD should establish her as one of the top jazz singers of the 1990s. Rather than stick to typical jazz standards, she explore women's songs or at least lyrics from many fields of music. Her compelling interpretation of the title track, with its infrequently heard lyric by Mrs. Herbie Hancock, is followed by a hypnotic original lyric written by Freelon for Marian McPartland's "Threnody," titled "Sepia Wing" in its vocal incarnation. One of the more unusual songs selected is folk singer Buffy Saint-Marie's "Until It's Time for You to Go"; Freelon drastically rearranged this tune by changing the melody line and adding an uptempo vamp, and Bob Mintzer's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Nnenna Freelon's fifth CD should establish her as one of the top jazz singers of the 1990s. Rather than stick to typical jazz standards, she explore women's songs or at least lyrics from many fields of music. Her compelling interpretation of the title track, with its infrequently heard lyric by Mrs. Herbie Hancock, is followed by a hypnotic original lyric written by Freelon for Marian McPartland's "Threnody," titled "Sepia Wing" in its vocal incarnation. One of the more unusual songs selected is folk singer Buffy Saint-Marie's "Until It's Time for You to Go"; Freelon drastically rearranged this tune by changing the melody line and adding an uptempo vamp, and Bob Mintzer's soprano sax accents are also a nice touch. The moody lament written by the late Laura Nyro, "Buy and Sell," is also an intriguing chart by the singer. Of course, she's no slouch with standard Broadway fare either, as her lively duet with guitarist Joe Beck proves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/17/1998
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431479420
  • Catalog Number: 4794
  • Sales rank: 108,323

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Come into My Life (5:22)
  2. 2 Four Women (4:55)
  3. 3 Maiden Voyage (8:28)
  4. 4 Buy and Sell (5:32)
  5. 5 Future News Blues (4:46)
  6. 6 Until It's Time for You to Go (6:00)
  7. 7 Women Be Wise (8:06)
  8. 8 Sepia Wing (5:43)
  9. 9 Pick Yourself Up (4:07)
  10. 10 I Won't Dance (4:34)
  11. 11 Inside a Silent Tear (4:30)
  12. 12 Sing Me Down (4:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nnenna Freelon Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Joe Beck Guitar
Herbie Hancock Piano
Bob Mintzer Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone
Dave Valentin Flute
Michael Abene Piano
Danny Gottlieb Drums
Sammy Figueroa Percussion
Jesse Levy Cello
Dick Oatts Soprano Saxophone
Clarence Penn Drums
Peter Washington Bass
Avishai Cohen Bass
Technical Credits
Nnenna Freelon Producer
Michael Abene Producer
John Burk Executive Producer
Josiah Gluck Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Gretchen Hoffmann Abene Producer
Mary Peterson Art Direction
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