Inspired by Ella Fitzgerald’s pairings with Joe Pass, Patti Cathcart and Tuck Andress have made their first, full-length foray into the Great American Songbook, and the results are expectedly lovely. There is, of course, little similarity between Fitzgerald and Cathcart. There’s no comparing a tornado to a soft, summer breeze. Instead, though she is tonally lighter, brighter and purer, Cathcart bears a striking vocal resemblance to British jazz icon Cleo Laine. And just as it’s difficult to imagine Laine without husband and collaborator John Dankworth, it is, after 29 years of performing, 26 years of marriage and two decades of shared recordings (spanning more than a dozen albums and compilations) impossible to consider Patti without Tuck.
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