DYAD PLAYS JAZZ ARIAS (featuring Randy Brecker and Ted Nash)
Killer players with well-honed chops, several of the first takes on display here will simply blow your mind, as will the rest of this pure listening date.
Chris Spector – Midwest Record
Dyad Takes Opera to the Jazz Clubs. “ a terrifically creative album, one that simply cannot be fully appreciated or savored in just one listening. There is, literally, so much going on here that you need to listen two or three times at least. What a great album! Trumpeter Randy Brecker is at his very best here. Caimano sounds a bit like Johnny Hodges on steroids: the same sort of pure tone with far more “edge” and risk-taking.
Art Music Lounge by Lynn Bailey
A tour de force…
Lance Liddle Bebop Spoken Here
This stately and absolutely robust collection of seven classical arias vibrates with an impeccable sense of immediacy and grace…DYAD fearlessly and imaginatively bebop these formidable operatic themes… each taken with improvisatory flair and soaring musicianship… Caimano and Olsen are the daring bright lights here. Deservedly so.
Mike Jurkovic -Elmore Magazine
Beautiful music, reinvented with taste and respect by two immensely talented musicians.
Bruce Crowther- Jazz Mostly
Here… Caimano and Olsen… take the most dramatic arias from Mozart’s 1787 Don Giovanni, Barber’s 1956 Vanessa, Bizet’s 1875 Carmen, Verdi’s 1887 Otello and … turn them into gloriously swinging jazz, no mean feat.
Mike Greenblatt – Aquarian Weekly
DYAD PLAYS PUCINNI
Grace. Style. Virtuosity. Originality.
Paul Leslie – The Paul Leslie Hour
An enthralling CD, eloquent and passionate improvisations on artful arrangements.
Scott Albin – JazzTimes
Fugue-ish playfulness and a jazz sensibility. The result is a finely tuned recital.
John McDonough – Downbeat Magazine
Perhaps the most amazing transformation of cultural enlightenment in the last quarter century.
Brent Black – CriticalJazz
This is a jazz album through and through and it’s a treat.
Marc Myers – Jazzwax
This is a remarkable album.
Jack Goodstein – Blogcritics
DYAD makes Puccini’s melodies sound perfectly natural as postbop…and their risk taking pays off.
Alex Henderson – Jazz Inside
Dyad goes through the borders between Classical and Jazz with ease!
Paquito D’Rivera – Grammy award winning Saxophonist
Brilliant originality, intriguing blend of classics, jazz and breathtaking skill of the duettists.
Tony Augarde – Musicweb International (England)
Lou Caimano is an extraordinary saxophonist … Eric Olsen is an excellent pianist.
“Dyad Plays Puccini” is chamber jazz at its finest.
Ron Netsky – Rochester City Newspaper
You must give this a listen, as it’s one of those releases in which words fail.
Mark S. Tucker – Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
“Dyad Plays Puccini” is an extraordinary project by two American musicians.
Vittorio Lo Conte – Music Zoom (Italy)
Caimano and Olsen vary Puccini’s masterpieces with theatricality and reverence.
Dr. Roberta Zlokower – Roberta on the Arts
The virtuosity of execution of both parties deserves the highest praise.
Leonid Auskern – Jazzquad (Russia)