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When jazz legends Lionel Hampton and Milt Jackson first introduced the vibes to the jazz idiom circa 1930, they could have never in their wildest dreams foreseen where Mike Dillon would take the concept 75 years later. Likewise, Dillon's heroes Black Sabbath, The Minutemen and Bad Brains would've been hard-pressed to envision a vibraphonist internalizing their punk ethos and conjuring his own rage-against-the-machine spirit through the mellifluous sounds of the vibraphone. Enter the man himself, Mike Dillon. None of these observations matter or ever will. Some would call a force of nature like his visionary

Rosewood

Label: Royal Potato Family
Released: 2020
Track listing: Tiki Bird Whistle; Beignet’s Bounce; Mulatu Goes To India; St. Claude’s Drone; Vibes At The End Of The World; Hurt; Rumba For Peregrine; Earl’s Bolero; Bonobo; Talking To Mary; Sober Mardi Gras; Tony Allen At The Music Box; Can’t Make A Sound.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mike Dillon: Rosewood

Read "Rosewood" reviewed by Doug Collette

Texas-born Mike Dillon moves in as many different directions as his varied skills allow. Witness his work with, among others, Garage A Trois, Critters Buggin' and Nolatet. Yet none of his adventures are as satisfying as when he adheres to his niche as vibraphonist/percussionist, so Rosewood makes a suitable companion piece to the similarly conceived and ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock and More

Read "Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we start with a cat that has seen many jazz roads and is itching to get down many more, Bob Sheppard with a track off his latest CD The Fine Line. We then visit the world of Horace Silver and vibes cat Mike Dillon doing an Elliot Smith cover. We hear new material from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nolatet: No Revenge Necessary

Read "No Revenge Necessary" reviewed by Doug Collette

The music of Nolatet's sophomore album No Revenge Necessary belies its laissez faire title. Almost a mirror image of its largely insinuating predecessor, Dogs (Royal Potato Family, 2016), this sophomore effort finds the Crescent city-based ensemble flexing its collective muscles early and often, so the record lends itself to uninhibited dance almost as often as contemplation ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Stanton Moore: With You In Mind

Read "With You In Mind" reviewed by Doug Collette

The title of Stanton Moore's homage to Allen Toussaint suggests the affection at the heart of this project. With You In Mind symbolizes the achievements of the latter NOLA icon as ongoing inspiration for generations of musicians to come and not just those with their roots in New Orleans like this great drummer and bandleader with ...

Functioning Broke

Label: Royal Potato Family
Released: 2016
Track listing: Half Right; The Enchanted Sea; Alameda; Christian Brothers; Single File; Needle and the Damage Done; Independence Day; Between the Bars; Friendship; Bachelor Pad; Chimp and Flower; Tabla Goodnight.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mike Dillon: Functioning Broke

Read "Functioning Broke" reviewed by Doug Collette

As idiosyncratic as Mike Dillon's work has been with Critters Buggin' and Garage a Trois, it's well-nigh impossible not to fall under the spell of the music he creates all by himself on Functioning Broke. A deep dream-like quality emanates from his musicianship, most resonant in the warm glow of vibes that open “Half Right" and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nolatet: Dogs

Read "Dogs" reviewed by Doug Collette

The wit in the name of Nolatet finds a direct reflection in the music they make. Yet together as a four piece unit, keyboardist Brian Haas (Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey), vibraphonist Mike Dillon (Critters Buggin,' Garage A Trois), bassist James Singleton (John Scofield, John Medeski) and drummer Johnny Vidacovich (Charlie Hunter, Robert Walter), create a seamless ...

Bones

Label: Love Records
Released: 2014


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