Tuck Andress is too seldom mentioned in discussions of great contemporary guitar players. In large part because he has only released two albums under his own name. The title of one, Reckless Precision, also describes his remarkable style. Prodigious technique, remarkable improvisational range, and breath-stopping plunges into the heart of a song. But nowhere to be found on the polls.
That's fine with Tuck. His first love is his wife, Patti Cathcart. And as half of the world-renowned duo of Tuck and Patti, he is very happy to stand behind her and provide soulful, unobtrusive, orchestral support for her stunning singing. They make music that makes love to their audience, and their audiences love them back.
But when Tuck steps forward, once, maybe twice for a solo piece, time seems to stop. After the first few bars, you don't blink, or breathe. You just open up all your senses to absorb the waves of sound rolling off his finger-tips. For nearly 3 decades Tuck, and Patti, have been blowing minds with their magic. For 3 nights next week, they'll be blowing ours at Jazz Alley. See you there.