Newly formed group Nolatet featuring pianist Brian Haas, vibraphonist/percussionist Mike Dillon, bassist James Singleton and drummer Johnny Vidacovich will release their debut album Dogs via the Royal Potato Family label on February 26. Today, JamBase is premiering the video for the album track “Pops” featuring footage from the LP’s recording sessions at New Orleans’ Esplanade Studios.
With Vidacovich and Singleton in their 60s, Dillon in his 50s and Haas in his 40s, the foursome that spans three generations has performed in various lineups together numerous times in the past two decades.
“When music is truly happening, it leads the way,” Haas said in a statement. “When music is kinetic and meaningful, it sets its own agenda. When music is meant to be played, the music itself will find a way. This is how the Nolatet came into being. After so many incredible nights of collaborating over the years, which led to a deep, enduring friendship, the music simply demanded it.”
The seven-song album leads off with “Pops.” Dillon shared the following regarding the emotional inspiration behind the record’s opening track:
When I received word that my father had passed after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease, I went to my vibraphone and the song materialized out of the emotion I was feeling. Sad yet so grateful the suffering was over. The space that Johnny and James brought to it made the raw idea become elegant and beautiful. It was hard not to cry when recording it.
Watch video of Nolatet recording “Pops” from their upcoming album Dogs exclusively below:
- Bongo Joe
- Morphine Drip / Lento
- There’s No Fire
- Mellon Ball
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