Punning aside, THE JOY OF SAX is an apt title for the energetic and appealing approach Pete and Will Anderson take to making music. Cleary thrilled to be working with world-class sidemen, the Andersons have compiled an eclectic menu of jazz compositions that showcase their mercurial talents. Iconic composers like George Gershwin, Leigh Harline and Antonio Carlos Jobim are well represented, but contemporary tunesmiths make a welcome appearance as well (Pete Anderson’s original tune “Deja Vu” is one of the show’s highlights). The twins’ exuberant style is balanced by the mellower tones of Harry Allen on tenor sax. Drummer Kenny Washington, whose list of past collaborators reads like a Who’s Who of Jazz legends, is as adept at providing subtle shading to a seductive ballad as he is at turning up the heat for a swinging, up-tempo jam session. On the Hammond B3 organ, the versatile Pat Bianchi paints a rich spectrum of musical colors that adds depth and luminosity to the horn sections’ flights of fancy. The magnificent Andersons have a charming, modest style as they chat between numbers, and their easy rapport with the audience helps keep add buoyancy to the proceeding. Mostly, though, they do their talking through their instruments. And their message – that jazz is as enjoyable, relevant and vital as ever – deserves to be heard.
THE JOY OF SAX continues at 59E59 Theaters through May 7, 2015. 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison. Tickets 212-279-4200. Check here for upcoming Anderson Twins tour dates: http://peterandwillanderson.com/shows/