July 13, 2013 – Marc Myers – JazzWax

Like certain restaurant menu descriptions, some album titles don’t do the music inside justice. Take Dyad Plays Puccini (Ringwood). Not exactly catnip for jazz fans.  But this album featuring Lou Caimano on alto sax and Eric Olsen on piano actually works in a most delightful way. Whether you care for Puccini or not, this is a jazz album through and through, with operatic themes serving as the Great Italian Songbook.  Both Caimano and Olsen are highly accomplished players and improvisers.  Despite its title, this album is a treat.