Kellee Patterson - 1973 – Maiden Voyage
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This album was Kellee’s debut, and a great lite-jazz effort it was. With the exception of one track (“Soul Daddy (Lady)“), this still sounds current – not dated (it was originally released in 1973). Though, Kellee (former Miss Indiana) had the habit of attacking a note just under pitch, she never stayed that way, but hit each note correctly once her vibrato kicked in. True, her voice was on the nasal side, but it worked.
She should have made more albums in this vein – not to take away from her other albums (especially her last two, which were more disco than jazz or R&B), but this release was the most cohesive. Even the lyrics were topical (i.e., “Magic Wand of Love“), but also timeless. This is probably the best sounding, sonically, of the reissues of Kellee’s albums that I’ve heard. Her small catalog of releases should all be given the tender care that this stellar release was given.