Everybody knows about New Orleansâ€™ rich musical traditionâ€”but an even more deeply rooted traditionÂ in the Crescent City is one of perpetual reinvention. Itâ€™s a city thatâ€™s been reborn countless times over the course of its multi-cultural history, a legacy vibrantly reflected in its music.
With the release of their debut album, Dogs, in 2016, the Nolatet â€“ vibraphonist Mike Dillon, pianist Brian Haas, bassist James Singleton and drummer Johnny Vidacovich â€“ added their own new twist to the New Orleans tradition. Now the quartet returns with their much-anticipated follow-up, â€˜No Revenge Necessary,â€™ which takes the music through as many winding turns and colorful pathways as a Second Line parade route.Â While â€˜Dogsâ€™ was the first time these four came together as a unit, there was plenty of history already shared between them. Singleton and Vidacovich can boast more than four decades of playing together, during which theyâ€™ve established themselves as New Orleansâ€™ most revered rhythm section. Dillon and Haas have crossed paths endlessly along the routes of their relentless touring schedules with bands like Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Garage a Trois, Critters Buggin and the Dead Kenny Gs.
“The horn-heavy, continually evolving collective Free Radicals produces a wildly eclectic fusion that has as many influences as there are items in the Houston, Texas, pawnshop in which they honed their sound during all-night jam sessions.” -The New Yorker, 3/27/2000. Thirteen time winners of Best Houston Jazz band, the Free Radicals are a sonic force of nature that explore multiple genres.