Premiere: Hear a New Cut From Nolatet, ‘Black Sheep’

  I  
Image

Nolatet’s No Revenge Necessary is due out April 27 on Royal Potato Family.

(Photo: Courtesy Royal Potato Family)

The boozy “Black Sheep” is the lead single off Nolatet’s pending full-length, No Revenge Necessary. Its video debuts today.

The ensemble, comprising vibraphonist Mike Dillon, pianist Brian Haas, bassist James Singleton and drummer Johnny Vidacovich, are following up 2016’s Dogs with the April 27 album on Royal Potato Family.

“‘Dogs’ was beginner’s luck,” Singleton said. “We had just started as a band, and we managed to somehow pull together a cohesive program. To me that small miracle was a good omen for the future.”

“Black Sheep” is scheduled for a Feb. 23 release on streaming services, including Spotify, AppleMusic and Tidal.

“James Singleton’s compositions are New Orleans. ‘Black Sheep’ is one of my favorites. The first melody comes with the stinky bassline,” Hass said. “Then he sets the bass loop in place and sneaks in on top with a dirty pocket trumpet. The way the two melodies work together forms a counterpoint that is so skeezy it smells like the aftermath of a Mardi Gras parade.”

Band members count decades of performing, as well as membership in acts like Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Garage a Trois, Critters Buggin and the Dead Kenny Gs. But Nolatet’s No Revenge Necessary seems to drop the band into the middle of the nation’s current political landscape.

“For me the over-riding theme moving forward is forgiveness,” Singleton said. “Hopefully, the strength of the music can serve as a reminder of the possibility of growth and healing through forgiving.”

No Revenge Necessary is set for an April 27 release on vinyl, CD and in digital formats. For more information about Nolatet, visit the band’s website. DB



  • Crop_2_Frank_Caruso.jpg

    Frank Caruso (1948–2019)

    In Memoriam: Frank Caruso

    Chicago-based pianist and educator Frank Caruso died suddenly on April 22 at a relative’s home in Cary, Illinois. He…

  • coltrane_%C2%A9EsmondEdwards-CTSIMAGES.jpg

    In 1958, John Coltrane turned 32. He’d just rejoined Miles Davis’ band after a sojourn with Thelonious Monk, and had in the previous year finally freed himself of his addiction to drugs and alcohol.

  • gilles_pressphoto_1.jpg

    Since the 1980s, London-based DJ and record label founder Gilles Peterson has been a force in music. The first installment of his We Our Here festival is set to run Aug. 15–18 in Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire, U.K.

  • patitucci_WEB.jpeg

    John Patitucci says that his latest outing, Soul Of The Bass, is something of a sequel to his 1991 album Heart Of The Bass.

  • lmho_creditShervinLainez.jpg

    Bassist and bandleader Linda May Han Oh calls Aventurine her most ambitious compositional work to date.


On Sale Now
July 2019
Anat Cohen
Look Inside
Subscribe
Print | Digital | iPad