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Learning How to Fly

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Album Review

Tuck and Patti are perfectionists with a capital "P," and the performances and production on Learning How to Fly prove it. Care to know the gauge of each of Tuck Andress' guitar strings? Want to know precisely how far his strings reside from the top of the 12th fret? Dying to find out which brand and model of earphone monitors and headphone amplifiers were used? You can read all about it in the liner notes, to a degree which not more than a handful of audiophiles would care about. However, anyone with a decent set of ears will appreciate the impeccable quality of the recording, a result of all that techno-gadgetry. Inside the case you'll find plenty of Andress' trademark percussive guitar style, Patti Cathcart's scat singing, and gorgeous blends of jazz and pop. "Heaven Down Here" is a most beautiful love song. "Drum" is solo Cathcart, consisting of two guttural, staccato vocal parts, neither of which contain any actual words. "Getaway" is solo Andress, with a variety of ever-changing patterns, rhythms, and tempos. Patti turns Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" upside-down, Tuck does the same to the Hendrix classic "Up From the Skies," and the Beatles' "In My Life," though more straightforward, will touch even the catatonic. The solo on which Andress plays both the lead and the basslines simultaneously with no overdubbing re-establishes his right to the position he holds near the top of the guitar-god heap.

Customer Reviews

I love it!!

"Be careful who you play that for, because you might never be able to get rid of them."-Jim Carrey. He wrote Heaven Down Here, and I appluad it until my hands get tired. I play that song when I am in bed, or feeling crappy. If only I could see Jim once more...I appluad Tuck & Patti's wonderful singing. Although I am Christian, I still LOVE "Heaven Down Here." One again, Jim deserves applauding! I hope others enjoy this CD.

I love their sound

love their music and this new album will remind those who love Tuck & Patti why they love T&P. Those new to their music will want to go back to listen to early albums. I'm a fan.


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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