The Stein Brothers: Quixotic




The Stein Brothers


Quixotic (JM 1034)

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Asher Stein (alto sax), Alex Stein (tenor sax),

Mferghu (piano), Doug Largent (bass), Joe Blaxx (drums)


Composed by Asher Stein


Recorded: Brooklyn, April 28-29, 2007


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

During the last decade or so, the influence of Charlie Parker and the beboppers has gradually diminished in the jazz world. What a change from a previous generation -- whose every parry followed Bird's feints. Yet no one seems to have told the Stein brothers, who blissfully play their tunes as though it is still 1948. Actually altoist Asher Stein is the more modern of the two horn players. His brother, tenorist Alex Stein, sometimes gets into this Coleman Hawkins groove and makes me think it's 1938. In any event, these youngsters understand the late-swing and early-bop vocabulary inside and out, and play it with absolute conviction. Others may carp that they need to update their sound. But I assure you that beneath the retro exterior, there is some very deep musical thinking on this impressive CD.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia


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