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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).