Maiden Voyage (Herbie Hancock album)
|Studio album by|
|Recorded||March 17, 1965|
|Studio||Van Gelder Studio|
|Genre||Modal jazz, hard bop|
|Herbie Hancock chronology|
|The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide|||
Maiden Voyage is the fifth album led by jazz musician Herbie Hancock, and was recorded by Rudy Van Gelder on March 17, 1965 for Blue Note Records. It was issued as BLP 4195 and BST 84195. It is a concept album aimed at creating an oceanic atmosphere. Many of the track titles refer to marine biology or the sea, and the musicians develop the concept through their use of space. The album was presented with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999.
According to Bob Blumenthal's 1999 liner notes, "Blue Note logs indicate that an attempt had been made to record 'Maiden Voyage', 'Little One', and 'Dolphin Dance' six days earlier, with Hubbard on cornet and Stu Martin in place of Williams. Those performances were rejected at the time and have been lost in the ensuing years." A different version of "Little One" was also recorded around the same time by Miles Davis and his quintet (including Hancock, Carter, Shorter and Williams) for the album E.S.P., also released in 1965.
The Penguin Guide to Jazz designated the album as part of its Core Collection with a four star rating, calling it "a colossal achievement from a man still just 24 years old." Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic describes the album as "arguably his finest record of the '60s, reaching a perfect balance between accessible, lyrical jazz and chance-taking hard bop."
"Maiden Voyage", "The Eye of the Hurricane" and "Dolphin Dance" have now become jazz standards and are featured in Hal Leonard's New Real Book vol. 2. While being interviewed for KCET TV in 2011, Hancock considered "Maiden Voyage" to be his favorite of all of the compositions he had written. Hancock rerecorded "Maiden Voyage" and "Dolphin Dance" on his 1974 album Dedication and updated the title track on his 1988 album Perfect Machine. "Dolphin Dance" was rerecorded in 1981 for the Herbie Hancock Trio album. Hancock has released live concert versions of "Maiden Voyage" on CoreaHancock (1979) and An Evening With Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea: In Concert (1980) (both with Chick Corea). Hancock recorded "Maiden Voyage" and "Eye of the Hurricane" with the VSOP Quintet on VSOP: Tempest in the Colosseum (1977).
All compositions by Herbie Hancock.
|2.||"The Eye of the Hurricane"||5:57|
|4.||"Survival of the Fittest"||9:59|
- Herbie Hancock — piano
- Freddie Hubbard — trumpet
- George Coleman — tenor saxophone
- Ron Carter — bass
- Tony Williams — drums
Recordings by other artists of compositions on the Maiden Voyage album
- Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphonist) recorded a version of "Maiden Voyage" on his album Happenings.
- Grant Green (guitarist) recorded "Maiden Voyage" on his album Alive!.
- Ahmad Jamal recorded a version of "Dolphin Dance" on his 1971 album The Awakening.
- "Maiden Voyage" was recorded by jazz rock band Blood, Sweat, and Tears for their 1972 album New Blood.
- Grover Washington Jr. recorded "Dolphin Dance" on his 1976 album A Secret Place.
- The rock band Phish recorded the song "Maiden Voyage" in their early concerts. A live version was released on their album Colorado '88.
- The Japanese guitarist Kazumi Watanabe recorded "Dolphin Dance" on his 1989 album Kilowatt.
- Christian McBride, Nicholas Payton, and Mark Whitfield recorded a version of "The Eye of the Hurricane" on their 1997 album Fingerpainting: The Music of Herbie Hancock.
- Toto recorded "Maiden Voyage" on their 2002 album Through the Looking Glass.
- Madlib remixed "Dolphin Dance" and combined it with the song "Peace" by Horace Silver on his 2003 album "Shades of Blue"
- Robert Glasper recorded a version of "Maiden Voyage" on his 2004 album Mood.
- In 2008, jazz pianist John Beasley released a tribute to Hancock called Letter to Herbie, which features a re-working of "Maiden Voyage" called "Bedtime Voyage". The album also features a recording of "Eye of the Hurricane".
- Ray Barbee and The Mattson 2 covered the title track on their 2009 collaboration, Ray Barbee Meets The Mattson 2.
- Bill Evans recorded "Dolphin Dance" on his album "I Will Say Goodbye".
- Brian Auger & the Trinity recorded "Maiden Voyage" on the 1970 Album "Befour"
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2011). "Maiden Voyage - Herbie Hancock | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
- Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 93. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
- "Herbie Hancock: The Ethics of Jazz". Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University, accessed via YouTube. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
- Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2002). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD (6th Ed.) Penguin Books. ISBN 9780140515213
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2011). "Maiden Voyage - Herbie Hancock | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- KCET https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEUP6ttUL1E
- Allmusic review of The Awakening
- Allmusic review of Mood