Back in 1993 Munichâ€™s Into Somethinâ€™ crew started a clubnight entitled â€˜Maiden Voyageâ€™. The idea behind it was simple: while the successful weekly Into Somethinâ€™ 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 DJâ€™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.
The kickoff and a handful of further sessions happened at the â€˜Allotriaâ€™ before the Maiden Voyage crew moved to a place calledâ€™ The Loftâ€™. Though the latter didnâ€™t have too much in common with David Mancusoâ€™s legendary living room it turned out to be a perfect spot for the following three years. Since â€™97 the Maiden Voyage Nights have been happening at the Atomic CafÃ©, an intimate 60â€™s style Club in Munichâ€™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 DJâ€™s canâ€™t be a bad choiceâ€¦not to mention a mysterious golden cape, but thatâ€™s a different story.
However, Maiden Voyage became kind of a regular family reunion of Germanyâ€™s Jazz DJ alliance from the very start. Some of the nations finest DJâ€™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 TrÃ¼by played his first ever guest-DJ gig at the Maiden Voyage opening night and joined the resident DJ crew straight away. Jazzanovaâ€™s JÃ¼rgen v. Knobloch has been playing frequently as well as Beanfieldâ€™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 shipâ€™s bridge to concentrate on their variety of other projects in the late 90â€™s. Theo and Rainer were joined by Roland Appel of Fauna Flash, TrÃ¼by Trio and Voom:Voom fame instead to form the infamous threepiece that kept on keeping on ever since.
Itâ€™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 â€˜Maiden Voyageâ€™ originates from Herbie Hancockâ€™s â€™65 Blue Note classic of course and thereâ€™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: â€˜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.â€™
I had the pleasure to play at Maiden Voyage several times over the years and itâ€™s definitely one of my alltime-favourite sessions. Thanks, boys! Ship Ahoy!
Heiko â€˜Hamburgâ€™ Jahnke
01. Nohelani Cypriano â€œLihueâ€
02. Roy Ayers â€œ(Sometimes) Believe In Yourselfâ€
03. Toto â€œGeorgy Porgyâ€ (Disco Version)
04. Raw Soul Express â€œThe Way We Liveâ€
05. High Energy â€œLovinâ€™ Feverâ€
06. Norman Connors â€œSheâ€™s Goneâ€
07. Xavier â€œLove Is On The Oneâ€
08. Diana Ross â€œTendernessâ€
09. Cameo â€œLove You Anywayâ€
10. Hubert Laws â€œLand Of Passionâ€
11. Debra Laws â€œVery Specialâ€
12. James Mason â€œI Want Your Loveâ€
13. Alicia Myers â€œI Want To Thank Youâ€