The tangy flavoring of The Stein Brothers saxophones with jazz standards produces a lively commune that embellishes ballroom-brassy tunes to a crystal sheen. The brothers Asher Stein on alto saxophone and Alex Stein on tenor saxophone transforms the Latin grooves of the title track on their latest album Quixotic, to a verdant bebop trail on "Jammin’ At The JCTA." Produced by Dwayne Burns, Quixotic is a jazz adventure that takes the listener through the satiny terrain of its plaintive moods like in the George and Ira Gershwin classic "Embraceable You," and the opulent vestiges in the ballroom dance trapezes which are germane to the settings of "Midlife Crisis" and "And So I Love You." The brothers have a penchant for showing love in the air and a bit of intrigue in "Eve’s Drop" with the piano keys turning inward as if the melody is folding into itself.
The melodic patterns of "East Of The Sun" move with the elegance of a Viennese Waltz, while "Mr. QC" has the upswings of a Foxtrot. The mobility is energizing and has a bit of a Charleston kick. The interfacing of the instrument parts have a ballroom dance charm with modern lighting like in "Charmed Quark" and "Trailblazer" with melodic scores and sweeps that protract the instrument phrases into perfect alignment. The segments are concisely wielded and the tunes loom a positive vibe along the flittering lines. The evening shades of "You’ve Been Had" and "This Time The Dreams On Me" are dripping with graceful verses that display perfect posture and execution which would make Dizzy Gillespie salute Asher and Alex Stein. The Stein Brothers give bebop a modern voice and revamps ballroom dance with the ardent spirit and drive of its original creators.
Alex and Asher began their careers at the now defunct Peppermint Lounge, a famous jazz organ venue in Orange, New Jersey, with a longstanding Tuesday night jam session. From the ages of 13 and 10 respectively, they met and performed with such greats as Jimmy McGriff and Charles Earland, frequently staying out late on school nights accompanied by their father. The Stein brothers became a fixture on the Newark jazz scene and began co-leading bands in 2001, while they were both undergraduates at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Both Stein brothers graduated with majors in Jazz Studies from the University of North Carolina, and have since appeared at the Sarasota, Mackinac Island and Cape May Jazz Festivals, as well as in prime New York City jazz rooms such as Sweet Rhythm, Smalls, and Fatcat among others. They have toured as part of TS Monk's Sextet and have shared the bandstand with Barry Harris, Lou Donaldson, Slide Hampton and a handful of others.