The Raleigh-based exploratory jazz trio had the Hive buzzing Friday night. It didn’t take long for head-bobbing grooves to wash over the audience in the upstairs bar above the Busy Bee Cafe. The incredible set was a mix of original tracks and covers from the trio’s latest record. My favorites were the original cut “Liquid White Chocolate” and the absolutely epic pairing of Roxette’s “Listen to Your Heart” and the Police’s “Roxanne.” Both of those tracks are available as a free download on guitarist Chris Boerner’s website, chrisboernermusic.com.
Drummer Nick Baglio was impressive, playing drums and keys simultaneously. Along with keeping the beat, and at times taking over, he sprinkled in awesome synths on keys while dropping one stick to use both hands if he needed to.
“Nice Talk” is the title of the intriguing debut from the jazz trio that goes by the moniker of The Hot @ Nights. Three piece jazz combos are not highly unusual, but the curious instrumental combination utilized by The Hot @ Nights is an unusual blend. Chief writer Chris Boerner’s agile improvisation on eight-string guitar, with the added two strings serving to expand the scope and range of his instrument, aids in allowing this unusual configuration to click. He possesses a keen sense of rhythm with the capacity to be creative at every turn. The same can be said of Matt Douglas who plays, puffs, honks, and snarls on an assortment of woodwind instruments. And finally, as with any three-piece group, a powerfully strong drummer is an essential presence. Nick Baglio is equal to the task efficiently going from brisk rat-a-tats, to tight roll presses, to soft brush work, and adding interspersed cymbal exploits. Baglio; masterful on his drum kit like a perpetual well-oiled machine, tirelessly works in tandem with, and at times, against the backdrop of the other two musicians.
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What do you think of when you think of Jazz? Just thinking of the word can take you into a variety of possibilities. There are really very few constraints to the genre. Even with it’s long history, jazz is arguably still in its infancy with lots of room for innovation and exploration.
Featuring the talent of Chris Boerner on an eight string guitar, Matt Douglas on woodwinds, and Nick Baglio on drums and piano, The Hot at Nights is difficult to lock into one specific sub genre because their sound incorporates some of the basic elements of jazz, but lends itself to that innovation and exploration.
Released on July 12, 2011, The Hot at Nights’ new release, Nice Talk, is telling a story, (quite an intriguing one, actually) to anyone who will listen. The album plays out like a symphony with movements that are designed to take you through a series of experiences. One of the greatest rewards to the listener is the way that the music can move you in so many ways without the need to make that your primary intention.
While Nice Talk is definitely modern in its tone and production value, it is reflective of pioneers like Miles Davis (“Miles Runs the Voodoo Down” on Bitches Brew). It is also reminiscent of the instrumentals of jazz influenced English rock band, Soft Machine (“Kings and Queens” on Fourth).
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Foreign Exchange guitarist Chris Boerner has just released a new project with his own group, The Hot at Nights. The debut album is called Nice Talk and features Boerner playing an 8-string guitar with Matt Douglas on woodwinds and Nick Baglio on drums. Recorded throughout the course of “many sweltering evenings” in Raleigh, North Carolina, The Hot at Nights blend classic jazz improvisation with funk, pop, rock, and of course, your healthy dose of soul. Ready yourself for some groovy instrumental jazz sounds that traverse the globe.
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The Hot @ Nights – Come On! Feel the Illinoise • As I have written before on this site, I like Sufjan Stevens’ Illinois. A lot. Every song is masterfully crafted, touchingly written and, perhaps most importantly, tastefully arranged. Such perfectly written songs are easy prey for a cover, and as of now the world’s collection of Illinois covers holds quantity way above quality—just ask the hundreds of indistinguishable capo’d covers of “Chicago” on YouTube. Thankfully, it seems like the Hot @ Nights have made a very important contribution to changing that ratio. The jazz trio, led by Foreign Exchange affiliate Chris Boerner, plays an exciting version of “Come On! Feel The Illinoise,” which will be featured on their debut album, Nice Talk, available later this summer.
Keeping the song grounded to its source material, Matt Douglas, who plays woodwinds for the trio, chimes in the original 5/4 woodwind melody before he, locked in synch with Boerner and drummer Chris Baglio completely flip the feel of the track. Baglio’s attention grabbing, yet reserved drumming may be the most impressive element of this song, but Douglas’ soaring improvisation is hefty competition. The trio plays things groove-heavy but the atmospheres that they conjure up can be light as a feather. These musicians clearly know their way around a staff, and have the taste and keen sense for melody that any great jazz musician needs to truly excel. -Jack B.
Have to thank my man Nicolay for this one…
The Hot At Nights (Raleigh, NC) is the group of guitarist/producer Chris Boerner. Boerner plays guitar on our records and in our live band, and he mixed and mastered our current live CD/DVD, Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange, a recording of an acoustic full-band performance that took place earlier this year in Durham, NC. In his own group, he plays eight-string guitar (!) alongside Matt Douglas on woodwinds and Nick Baglio on drums. They play melodic instrumental jazz with a heavy groove.
Here’s the band performing a cover of Radiohead’s “House Of Cards.”
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We also wanted to put you onto Foreign Exchange guitarist and band mate Chris Boerner. Boerner has been working with The Foreign Exchange since the Leave It All Behind album and a touring member of TFE live since November 2009, and he can also be found on Zo!’s SunStorm & Just Visiting 3 releases, heavily on TFE’s Authenticity album and most recently, he mixed and mastered the current live CD/DVD “Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange”. Chris his group, The Hot @ Nights, who has just released their first album Nice Talk; in this own group, Chris Boerner plays 8-string guitar (nice!) alongside Matt Douglas (who is also featured on Leave It All Behind) on woodwinds and Nick Baglio on drums. They play melodic instrumental jazz with a heavy groove.
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Just wanted to take the time to hip everyone to a new band that they should know about, The Hot @ Nights. Their new album “Nice Talk” just came out and it’s certainly worth your listen. They play melodic instrumental jazz with a heavy groove and contain several band members who have worked with The Foreign Exchange in the past, including Chris Boerner who plays 8 string guitar on this release. Chris was heavily featured on “Authenticity” and can also be found on the new “Dear Friends” release/DVD along with Zo!’s “Sunstorm” and “Just Visiting Three.”
The Monster was fortunate enough to hear the album, and I can personally vouch that it falls in that Foreign Exchange category of “just plain GOOD music.” Please take the time to familiarize yourself as well. Join me in supporting the Foreign Exchange friends and collective that make that great music we all love.
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