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The third album on Windham Hill from the husband-and-wife duo Tuck & Patti is yet another collection of some of the best songs from their extensive discography. Culling covers and originals from their 1988 debut, Tears of Joy, as well as from 1995's Learning How to Fly and 2000s Taking the Long Way Home, among others, Pure Tuck & Patti also includes a previously domestically unreleased cover of Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven," complete with additional lyrics. For those unfamiliar with the duo's work, Pure Tuck & Patti is a good introduction to them. The songs represent their sound: subtle, descriptive, and delicate, with commanding guitar lines from Tuck Andress (two of the tracks, "Getaway" and "Body and Soul," are instrumentals, and really show the power of his playing) blended perfectly with Patti Cathcart's rich, expressive voice. The timbres of the two instruments practically melt into one another in Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" and Stevie Wonder's "If It's Magic." It's romantic, lush, sentimental music; a fitting release from Windham Hill and a nice overview of Tuck & Patti's career and sound, which seem to show no signs of changing as time passes.


Formed: 1981

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Over a career of jazz, R&B, and crossover recordings, husband-and-wife duo Tuck & Patti have produced a remarkable amount of music, especially considering that they rely on the textures of only guitar and voice. Tuck Andress was born in Oklahoma and studied classical guitar at Stanford University before traveling to Las Vegas to audition for a show band in 1980; also there was Patti Cathcart, a San Francisco native who was classically trained in the Bay Area. The two hit it off immediately, and began...
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