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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing artistry and technique-not to be missed.
We had the opportunity to witness this talent first hand. Fortunately,Tuck & Patti performed in our small town this spring. They were amazing and breathtaking.Tuck's styling and versitility on the guitar is unbelievable and under appreciated.And Patti's vocal range and styling was truly unique. I can only hope to experience this again. Until then, this recording...
Published on August 5, 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars If Will Ackerman or Alex De Grassi played jazz...
... it would probably sound a lot like this. If you dig the Windham Hill crowd, you'll love this CD (seriously-- Windham Hill fans should buy it right now). However, if, like me, you STRONGLY prefer John Fahey's american-primative sound to Ackerman's new age sound, steer clear of this one. In jazz terms, if you love Wes Montgomery and can't stand Pat Metheny, you...
Published on June 19, 2000 by Nobody important


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing artistry and technique-not to be missed., August 5, 1999
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This review is from: Reckless Precision (Audio CD)
We had the opportunity to witness this talent first hand. Fortunately,Tuck & Patti performed in our small town this spring. They were amazing and breathtaking.Tuck's styling and versitility on the guitar is unbelievable and under appreciated.And Patti's vocal range and styling was truly unique. I can only hope to experience this again. Until then, this recording (and other from the duo) will have to suffice. Definitely worth having in your collection if you appreciate guitar artistry.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Total Guitarist", April 9, 1999
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Tuck Andress is beyond categorization as a guitarist and musician. He is not entirely a jazz, rock, funk, Latin or even a classical guitarist. Perhaps the best term to describe him is the "Total Guitarist"; a uniquely balanced meld of all different musical disciplines. Tuck plays with the mind and soul of a jazz guitarist ("Stella by Starlight"), the force of a rock guitarist coupled with the attitude of a funk guitarist ("Manonash"), the feel of a Latin guitarist ("Manha de Carnaval"), and with the precision and discipline of a classical guitarist (the entire CD). His musicianship is evidenced in his unprecedented ability to take familiar tunes, dress them up and make the audience laugh ("If I Only Had a Brain"). In short, Tuck Andress truly is a "Total Guitarist." If you love the guitar you'll love "Reckless Precision."
And a plea to Tuck: we'd love to hear more. How about your interpretation of Sor's edition of "Variations on a Theme by Mozart?"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible guitar virtuoso!, May 31, 1999
This review is from: Reckless Precision (Audio CD)
It doesn't matter if you play guitar or just appreciate good guitar music, this CD is essential. Tuck, the one-man-band-Andress plays jazz standards, funk and popular music without missing a beat. His ability to play rhythm, bass lines and the melody AT THE SAME TIME is simply unreal; and although each song is technically amazing, he never loses touch with what is most important to the song - it's individuality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chairman of the Board, December 29, 2007
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This review is from: Reckless Precision (Audio CD)
Tuck is the number one jazz guitarist. Probably the greatest ever. At least for what solo jazz guitar is concerned, to me the competition is over. GAME OVER GUYS. Noone has ever played better, can come close to Tuck, but noone can even be compared to Tuck. I mean. Noone. Probably Martin Taylor in the solo guitar contest can be considered close, and of course George Benson can play majestic and astounding Jazz solo guitar pieces ... but to me talking about strictly solo guitar, Tuck's the best. He's totally mindblowing. But it's not only a matter of technique. Tuck's very personal and absolute control of the instrument is comparable only to his masterful taste, fantasy and ability to reinterpretate a song at its very highest peak. He is the number one guy in Jazz guitar. Number one. Please, don't talk to me about Joe Pass as the solo guitar master. I perfectly know Joe, I own a lot of his solo records (and even combo records) and obviously as a jazz guitar enthusiast myself I really love Joe, but Joe compared to Tuck seems to be mechanical and uninspiring. It's like seeing a movie in black and white and then see another one in High Definition Colour!!!! Exactly like this!!!!!!!!!!! I know it may sound like an overstatement especially if you have never had the opportunity to hear Tuck's music. But it's not, believe me. Tuck is Joe Pass but with the enthusiasm, the spontaneity and the vitality of Edward Van Halen taken to jazz. Tuck's total command of the harmony-melody-rhythmn interactions and his incredible array of "tricks" and tools make his music something incredibly vital and vivid. Solo Jazz guitar has never sounded so funny, deep, entertaining and challenging. Each piece is a picture, a painting, it's alive! I mean. I think THIS ONE IS ABSOLUTLY THE GREATEST SOLO JAZZ GUITAR ALBUM OF ALL TIME. I'm really sad Tuck never recorded alone again and dedicated his art to the duo format together with his wife Patty exclusively. It's great music don't get me wrong what he plays with Patti, but Tuck's precious 53 Gibson L5 doesn't need Patti's voice (even if wonderful). It's a full orchestra by itself! Listen how he creates impressive and intricate rhythmn parts that seems a full combo taken at high speed ("Louie Louie"", "Mahonash", "Sweet P" from the middle on...). Listen how he masterfully reharmonizes "Body and Soul", "Manha de Carnaval", "Stella by starlight" or "Beguine the Beguine", with subtleties so marvellous that leave you speechless. Listen the fantastic version of Michael Jackson "Man in the mirror". Every tune is a marvel! Tuck's sound is so beautiful that makes me cry! He plays only with his fingers and he literally create worlds with them! I was saying that his sound is incredibly beautiful. The L5 is an archtop of course but with the various improvements Tuck's made to his personal guitar (Bartolini pickups and a lot more) it sounds something like an archtop that meets an acoustic guitar more that a "closed Jazz box". His sound is full on the range it's not like Jim Hall closed tone (that I personally don't like). It's arious, open, full and gratifying. Yeah, you hear a lot of Tuck's fingers rumors on the strings too but these things are some of what makes Tuck's music so unique, realistic and vivid. The program is absolutly lovely and once it's over I always find myself with the will to listen to it again and again. An important note for the audiophiles friends out there. This album is a killer in terms or recording quality! A killer! It is one of the most fantastic albums I own. Windham Hill did it big that time. My precious Avalon loudspeakers adore this album. Tuck is like hearing Leo Kottke playing Charlie Parker! =)))) "Manonash" is playing now .... my God.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This artist can HANDLE the SOLO guitar standards., November 26, 1998
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Tuck is one of the FEW big artists left to HANDLE the challenge of SOLO guitar [straight-ahead] Jazz Standards. He Controls bass-line, chordal harmony, melody lines and percussion - all done in top-flight arrangements. I would love for him to address the next 50 important tunes. CDs dedicated to George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Jimmy VanHeusen, Duke Ellington - would become the 'Rosetta Stone' for solo guitar in 100 years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding. One of my favorite cd's in my collection., September 24, 1998
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Tuck is to the solo jazz guitar what Michael Hedges was to the acoustic. He always sounds like he's about to crash and burn, but never does. A must for any guitar player, but you don't need to be a musician to appreciate the beauty of this music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE guitar album for guitarists, May 13, 1999
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This review is from: Reckless Precision (Audio CD)
No guitar music collection can be complete without this one. Mr.Andress's L-35 takes on that jeckle-and-hyde-and-whatever-you-may-want-to-call-it guises. The monotony that is sometimes associated with such solo outings is simply non-exsistant. This is the ultimate one man orchestra, come ballads, funk, swing, latin.... whatever.
Even after years of listening to this set, I haven't figured out how he keeps that bass line going along with the lead on a single take. And the Windhamhill's sound is good. Just get it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not much to add, the other reviewers hit the nail on the head, March 28, 2011
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Tuck Andress is a rare talent, someone who comes along every so often. By alternating the bass, rhythm, and lead lines of the guitar, he gives the illusion he's playing three parts simultaneously. In addition, he has a sense of humor in his interpretation covers. I just love his repetoire, whether playing unaccompanied or performing with his wife, Patrica, who can really sing.

His reading of "Begin The Beguine", done in a straight 8th feel (as opposed to triplet or dotted eighths), had me smiling for a long time.

Here is someone who's doing things on his own terms, turned down a lot of money to live a new age life, and creating beautiful music for all to enjoy.
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28 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If Will Ackerman or Alex De Grassi played jazz..., June 19, 2000
This review is from: Reckless Precision (Audio CD)
... it would probably sound a lot like this. If you dig the Windham Hill crowd, you'll love this CD (seriously-- Windham Hill fans should buy it right now). However, if, like me, you STRONGLY prefer John Fahey's american-primative sound to Ackerman's new age sound, steer clear of this one. In jazz terms, if you love Wes Montgomery and can't stand Pat Metheny, you probably won't be as enthusiastic about this disc as other reviewers.
There is a frightening tendency among music (particularly guitar) fans to praise anyone who shows technical proficiency, which Tuck certainly does. However, I find most of Tuck's music a bit academic and antiseptic. This album has a few true high points. "Manonosh" and "Louie Louie" show that when Tuck really wants to, he can keep up with the best. I also found his rendition of Bonfa's classic, "Manha de Carnival" a somewhat refreshing new take on the track (although I prefer Sandy Bull's more elaborate interpretation on the highly recommended "Re-Inventions"). However, I am not as impressed by Tuck's pop stuff. When Coltrane covered "My Favorite Things," it was a revelation. When Andress covered "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," it sounded cheesy. Most disappointing was Andress' attempted opus, "Grooves of Joy," which ended up sounding like a bunch of disparate pieces of varied styles spliced together without any transition or sense of overall composition, although individually, the parts were interesting, which was why I found it so disappointing. For a finger style jazz artist capable of pulling something like that off, I would suggest Adrian Legg (particularly "Guitars and Other Cathedrals," on which the title track actually does pull together somewhat disparate strands into a tight composition, but be ware, Legg also plays a lot of bluegrass-type stuff that may not be to everyone's liking. Also, check out Preston Reed). Finally, if you are really interested in a mind-blowing technique combining melody and bass lines played at the same time, check out Charlie Hunter, who plays an 8-string guitar (3 bass strings, 5 guitar strings) allowing him to play bass lines and melody at the same time, and even mimic a Hammond almost flawlessly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This guy is great, December 17, 2012
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What an amazing guitar player. This guy is no joke, his version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow is great! Love it.
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