Interview with Mike Dillon - "The Nolatet is a Dream Come True"
- Live For Live Music, February 2016
"It’s one thing when a new band seems destined to kick ass, and it’s another thing when they actually do."
-OffBeat, February 2016
"Fearless and exploratory, the four abundantly talented and outside-the-box musicians who make up New Orleans' newest band (Mike Dillon, James Singleton, Johnny Vidacovich and Brian Haas) have played together countless times in various outfits and Nolatet is a brand new sonic machine."
-NolaVie, February 2016
"The wit in the name of Nolatet finds a direct reflection in the music they make. Yet together as a four piece unit, they create a seamless sound that transcends comparisons to their previous work."
-All About Jazz, February 2016 -review of "Dogs"
"It's a carnivalesque fun-ride of exciting proportions: a mirror where shapes are distorted, and you never know where you're going but you're going fast, in and out of tunnels, over hills and down steep slopes. It seems like you're going to careen right into solid rock but you never do. And when it's over, you want to do it again. That's what listening to Dogs is like."
-Classicalite, March 2016 - review of "Dogs"
Brian Haas, Mike Dillon, James Singleton & Johnny Vidacovich
2016 OffBeat "Best of the Beat" Award Nominations:
- Best Contemporary Jazz Artist
- Best Contemporary Jazz Album with "Dogs"
- Album of the Year with "Dogs"
- Best Other Instrument (Mike Dillon, Vibes)
- Best Drummer (Johnny Vidacovich)
- Best Bass Player (James Singleton)
OffBeat's 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Music winner:
When music is truly happening, it is the boss. When music is kinetic and meaningful, it has it's own agenda. When music is meant to be played, the music itself will find a way. This is how the Nolatet came into being; the music demanded it. These four men have been in each other's lives, either in close proximity or as distant heroes for many years. Johnny Vidacovich (drums) and James Singleton (upright bass) have been New Orleans' best rhythm section since 1977. Mike Dillon (vibes and percussion) and Brian Haas (piano) have been sharing co-bills and sitting in with each other's bands on the same touring circuit for over 20 years. They span four decades in age—Vidacovich is in his 70s, Singleton in his 60s, Dillon in his 50s and Haas in his 40s. All four musicians are fiercely independent iconoclasts and bandleaders who compose, play and navigate their musical lives in their own unique way.
As like vibration always attracts like vibration, it is no surprise that after years of loose collaboration with each other the four should finally become one with the formation of the Nolatet. After five shows in New Orleans in January 2015, the quartet ducked into New Orleans' famed Esplanade Studios to record their debut album, Dogs. Released in February 2016 via Royal Potato Family, the collection features all original material influenced by the diverse lives and perceptions of these four jazz avatars. While traditional jazz is the backbone and starting point for the Nolatet's musical language, each member's piercing individuality allows innovation to be a constant throughout the album. The entire album was recorded in one day, all first or second takes with no overdubs. Sketches for compositions were in place, but ultimately this is improvised music made in the moment with wild abandon, in a state of complete respect for and by each human involved.