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Tears of Joy

Tuck & PattiAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Windham Hill Records
  • ASIN: B000000NE0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,653 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tears Of Joy
2. Takes My Breath Away
3. I've Got Just About Everything
4. Time After Time
5. Everything's Gonna Be All Right
6. Better Than Anything
7. My Romance
8. Up And At It
9. Mad Mad Me
10. Love Is The Key

Editorial Reviews

While unaccompanied jazz guitar can quickly become tedious, Tuck Andress funk-inspired, footloose approach was immediately arresting. Add Patti Cathcart's soul-inflected vocal to the mix, and the result is a disc that very quickly became something of a classic in modern jazz vocal records. While many jazz discs can boast fine musicianship, few have this much personality. Few could take two songs from the Bob Dorough canon ("I've Got Just About Everything" and "Better Than Anything") and make them their own. But that is the secret of this disc--the winning combination of instrumental chops and a personal, individual stamp on the tunes themselves. --Skip Heller

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Tuck & Patti ~ Tears Of Joy

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intimate Jazz-Inflected Guitar and THAT Voice April 14, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Growing up in Palo Alto in the 70's and early 80's, I saw Tuck and Patti frequently perform their set on the mezzanine of the Varsity Theatre, a wonderful venue now sadly closed. Being a kid in the age of the Power Guitar, I wasn't very musically sophisticated, but they were absolutely arresting. If you could muscle your way into the room, and find a place to sit down in the usually standing-room-only crowd, you'd be drawn into the twin arms of Tuck Andress' playful guitar and Patti's low, rich voice. It was an awful lot like being kissed.
I didn't actually own a Tuck and Patti record until college. After all, they were right down the street! This was the first one I bought. Listening to it all these years later, it's like coming home.
Standouts for me were the title track "Tears of Joy", because it showcases Tuck's virtuosity--he's rhythm, brass and guitar all at once--and their lovely cover of the Rogers and Hart favorite "My Romance", which is like having Patti sing you to dreamland.
This is a great introduction to this duo, and I urge you also to move heaven and earth to see them live, if you can.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums I own October 11, 2001
By Galatea
Format:Audio CD
I've loved Tuck and Patti for years but it wasn't until I went to hear them live at a jazz club last year that I was moved to purchase this album. Take my Breath Away literally gave me chills and brought big old tears to my eyes. The music on this speaks to everyone. And that VOICE. It's a must have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for any lover, singer, guitarist January 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I found this album from listened to the original VH-1 late at night. There was a video of the Cyndi Lauper tune "Time After Time" that was captivating. I had to rush out and buy this album and became amazed at its depth.

Patty is not your typical jazz singer; she has much more gospel in her soul. A deep, throaty voice that has warmth and is still flexible. When she sings, her delivery is honest. Still, she has the ability to skitter about and improv as she sings.

Tuck is unbelievable. He has developed this style that combines walking bass, chordal changes and lead playing at the same time. Even better, he varies his arrangement chorus by chorus, so the accompaniment never gets stale.

Put them together and you have music that is overtly romantic, improvised, florid without being busy and real. Incredible.

This is their best album, in my opinion.

I learned a lot about how to play bass from listening to Tuck's line on "I've Got Just about Everything" as he plays it on guitar.

Patty's version of "My Romance" is definitive, even if she has to change the lyric ("I must have one soft guitar" provides the clue to the romance shared between Tuck and Patty.)

But the best tune remains "Time After Time." Tuck and Patty change this from a pop song to a gospel anthem, every bit as significant as "Bridge Over Troubled Water" or "You've Got A Friend."

I'll echo the comments of others...get a date and see Tuck and Patty live. I've been twice. Tuck continues to make the impossible seem normal, while Patty sings her heart out, and tears yours up at the same time. I've seen her sing this entire Tears of Joy album WITHOUT stopping, just scatting her way from one tune to set up the tempo of the next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUSIC with the M October 20, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Great music, with the capital M. Some tracks are just wonderful: listen to "Better than anything" and you'll surely put their cover on top of the thousands interpretations of this standard. These two make magic here: simple, essential, tasteful, creative, gorgeous, what a dream. many performers should listen carefully to this and bring some good inspiration home. Love u T and love u P.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album June 5, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is a GREAT CD that I would recommend to everyone......I actually heard the song "Takes My Breath Away" on an episode of Dawsons Creek......which made me look into the album. I am 16 and love the songs "Takes My Breath Away" and "Time After Time" is an album for all ages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites April 9, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I remember finding this for the first time and being astonished by its elegant simplicity. Tuck and Patti give a superb concert performance, too. I saw them in Portsmouth, NH.
Their rendition of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" is terrific.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best you can get!! July 5, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
You can listen to it time after time, and it will be better every time you hear it. The songs are perfectly chosen and performed like no one else can do. It's their best album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overwhelmed October 10, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I am overwhelmed by this album. It is not just music, it is an experience! They have a way of letting their music resonate within one's being. I find myself not just listening but participating, as if the music was a part of me. Patti's voice is such an awesome instrument brilliantly caressing notes with deep emotion. Tuck's guitar playing leaves me speechless.
I was once asked a hypothetical question: if you were stranded on an island and could only have one CD which would it be? - this was the first that came to mind.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy listening.
I can relate to these love songs and the music completely relaxes me. I will buy more of Tuck and Patti in the future.
Published 3 months ago by AURORA INGRAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Fave Album and a Great Gift
This is one of my favorite albums of all time. I bought this copy as a gift and the person really likes it as well.
Published 12 months ago by Steven Sester
5.0 out of 5 stars Tuck & Patti - A Great Combination
This is one of my most favorite Tuck & Patti CDs and if you've never listen to them before, this would be a great introduction. Read more
Published 18 months ago by SweetPea
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite album
Great music, incredible arrangements, stunning, soulful singing. This is a great collection of music, what more can I say ???
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars perfection
may be my favorite Tuck and Patti. Buy it if you care about yourself at all!
Published on October 22, 2010 by Zendancer K.R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Music!
I bought this cd (or was it cassette) when it was originally released; Faunee' used to play some cuts when she was on the late, lamented WDCU 90.1. Read more
Published on March 19, 2009 by S. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Fine Music
Based on the kind recommendation of 2 good friends, my wife and I joined them to see Tuck & Patti here on Lopez Island, a small venue of fewer than 100 people. Read more
Published on February 24, 2009 by Stephen E. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing!
The moment I heard this CD,I got very relaxed. And this also makes me feel alive.This is a song of love.This CD will surely light up your life. Read more
Published on April 27, 2003 by Sound Profiler
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