With the release of its debut album Dogs in 2016, Nolatet—vibraphonist Mike Dillon, pianist Brian Haas, bassist James Singleton, and drummer Johnny Vidacovich—added its own new twist to a New Orleans, Louisiana, tradition. Now the quartet returns with its highly anticipated follow-up, No Revenge Necessary, which takes the music through as many winding turns and colorful pathways as a Second Line parade route.
While Dogs was the first time these four came together as a unit, there was plenty of history already shared between them. Singleton and Vidacovich boast more than four decades of playing together, establishing themselves as New Orleans’ most revered rhythm section. Dillon and Haas have crossed paths endlessly along the routes of their relentless touring schedules with bands such as Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Garage a Trois, Critters Buggin, and the Dead Kenny Gs.