The Stein Brothers: And So I Love You


And So I Love You


The Stein Brothers Quintet


Quixotic (Jazzed Media JM 1034)

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Asher Stein (alto sax), Alex Stein (tenor sax), Duane Eubanks (trumpet),

Mferghu (piano), Doug Largent (bass), Joe Blaxx (drums), Jonathan Voltzok (trombone)


Composed by Barry Harris


Recorded: Brooklyn NY, April 28-29 2007


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

The Stein Brothers’ highly mature bop mannerisms were developed in some part due to their tutelage under bop piano great Barry Harris. For their debut album Quixotic, Asher and Alex seek to establish their own imprint on mainstream jazz by composing most of the songs, or performing originals by their pianist Mferghu. Still, they couldn’t have made this record without some tribute to Harris, and it comes via their cover of Harris’ lovely tune “And I Love You So.”

Mferghu’s arrangement of this song from the early seventies casts it firmly as a cool jazz song straight out of the fifties. Clocking in at just over three minutes, the short solos even make it seem that the session was taped for a 78. Asher Stein’s alto tone is buttery and brother Alex’s tenor delivery is as relaxed as Lester Young’s, but Eubanks’ snazzy and confident trumpet tops everyone. Nevertheless, the majority of the gold stars go to the Stein Bros. for selecting this overlooked gem of a song and Mferghu for his shrewd arrangement of it.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron


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