Tuck & Patti: In a Sentimental Mood


In a Sentimental Mood


Tuck & Patti


I Remember You (T&P Records)

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Tuck Andress (guitar), Patti Cathcart (vocals).

Composed by Duke Ellington


Recorded: Menlo Park, California, no date given (CD released in 2008)


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart met thirty years ago (through the intercession of my old bandmate Michael Stillman), and soon found their musical bliss in the relatively untapped format of jazz guitar and vocal duets. Fast forward three decades and this pair is still working as a twosome, and remain committed to the American popular song tradition. Not much has changed with their music but, frankly, who wants to tinker with such a winning formula? Tuck Andress is a brilliant guitarist who needs no bass and drums to anchor his efforts. The under-produced sound of this release is the perfect setting to appreciate his artistry. Here he hints at Duke Ellington's accompaniment to John Coltrane from their famous recording of this tune; but he also adds some bluesy touches of his own invention. Patti Cathcart continues to delight with her sweet, soulful voice. For music fans, Tuck & Patti are still a match made in jazz heaven.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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