Dyad Plays Jazz Arias

by Eric Olsen & Lou Caimano

Released 2016
Ringwood Records
Released 2016
Ringwood Records
Dyad is an innovative duo of two jazz and classical artists who transcend musical boundaries, transforming favorite operatic arias into contemporary jazz with grace, style, brilliant originality, and breathtaking skill.
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Dyad is a unique duo born from two jazz and classical artists who transcend musical boundaries, transforming the emotion of classic operatic melodies into stylish contemporary jazz. Dyad features Lou Caimano’s bold, lush alto saxophone sound, enfolded in an orchestral way by Eric Olsen’s vibrant and inventive piano. The fluid rhythmic and dynamic interplay between the musicians is a signature feature of the Dyad sound.

Lou and Eric collaborated on the critically acclaimed album Dyad Plays Puccini, named one of the Top 50 jazz albums of 2013 by Scott Albin of Jazz Times magazine. Brent Black of CriticalJazz.com called it “perhaps the most amazing transformation of cultural enlightenment in the last quarter century.”

Lou offers the perfect voice to bring a modern jazz twist to classic operatic melodies, “truly evoking an opera singer through his heartfelt emotionalism,” according to Albin.

Eric has an extraordinary ability to re-imagine classical works so that an innovative and completely natural jazz conception can emerge. Travis Rogers of Jazz Times praised his quartet album Sea Changes (Blujazz) as the “Best Jazz Arrangements Album of 2015,” calling it “a stunning rainbow bridge between the worlds of Classical and Jazz.”

With Dyad Plays Jazz Arias, Lou and Eric join forces once again to bring favorite operatic arias into the world of modern jazz with grace, style, brilliant originality, and breathtaking skill.

Veteran jazz artists Randy Brecker and Ted Nash bring their exceptional artistry to the Dyad experience, adding a colorful and dynamic dimension to the music.

What reviewers are saying about Dyad Plays Puccini...

“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)

“Brilliant originality, intriguing blend of classics and jazz, and breathtaking skill of the duettists.”
(Tony Augarde, MusicWeb-International)

“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 News)

"Olsen and Caimano vary Puccini’s masterpieces with reverence and sophistication."
(Dr. Roberta Zlokower, Roberta on the Arts.com)

"It is testimony to their musical prowess that their reinterpretations do full emotional justice to the originals. This is a remarkable album" (Jack Goodstein, Blogcritics.org)

“You must give this a listen, as it’s one of those releases in which words fail.”
(Mark Tucker, Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange)

“Grace. Style. Virtuosity. Originality.”
(Paul Leslie, The Paul Leslie Hour)

“This is a jazz album through and through and it’s a treat.”
(Marc Myers, JazzWax)

“Dyad makes Puccini’s melodies sound perfectly natural as postbop...and their risk taking pays off.”
(Alex Henderson, Jazz Inside)

“The virtuosity of execution of both parties deserves the highest praise. I hope everyone will appreciate the charm and originality of the work.”
(Leonid Auskern, Jazzquad, translated from Russian)

“The only pyrotechnics you need are the sparks this duo sets off. Well done!”
(Chris Spector, Midwest Record)

“The results are simply wonderful.”
(Joseph Lang, Jersey Jazz)

“An enjoyable album filled with grace and poise, that kept me fascinated for its duration.”
(John J. Puccio, Classical Candor)

What reviewers are saying about Eric's album Sea Changes...

Best Jazz Arrangements of 2015
“’Sea Changes’ is a stunning rainbow bridge between the worlds of Classical and Jazz.”
(Travis Rogers, Jazz Times)

“An elegant stylist with a gifted ear for texture and tension.”
(Brian Zimmerman, Downbeat)

“Olsen’s charismatic and unique interpretations mark the album with his signature elegance.”
(Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz.com)

“This is the rare instance of a great idea getting the treatment it deserves. Bravo!”
(George Harris, Jazz Weekly.com)

“Olsen has created his own form of classic jazz.”
(Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz)

“Killer stuff!”
(Chris Spector, Midwest Records)

“Olsen proves to be an expert in the art of musical transfiguration. The familiar is truly born anew in the hands of the ReVision Quartet.”
(Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz.com)

More information may be found at www.dyadplays.com and www.ericolsenmusic.com.