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“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.
The Hot at Nights are pleased to invite you to our last show of 2011. It’s been a wonderful year. With two releases under our belt and a big tour coming up in early 2012, we have a lot to celebrate. We enjoyed our Hopscotch show at Flanders Gallery so much that we decided to do another show there. This time we’ll be performing live with video art by local video guru, Neill Prewitt. We rehearsed with him last week and it’s going to be something special! So here you go:
The Hot at Nights featuring video art by Neill Prewitt
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm $10
Flanders Gallery 302 S. West Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
Flanders will provide beer, wine, and snacks for this event (with a suggested donation).
Check out Neill’s teaser for the event…
The Hot at Nights are pleased to announce their newest collaboration with Nicolay (Grammy nominated producer from The Foreign Exchange). The Shibuya Session EP is a live interpretation of 8 songs from Nicolay’s 2009 release “City Lights vol 2: Shibuya”. The Hot at Nights join Nicolay (on keyboards and synths) for this action-packed session. It was recorded at Sound Pure Studios in Durham in a matter of about 6 hours. It’s available now as a free download through the Foreign Exchange Music website. LINK HERE
The Hot at Nights will hit the road for an extensive tour in late Jan-early Feb to support this release. See dates below…
“Liquid White Chocolate” download from Nice Talk (right click and save on some browsers)
courtesy of Heed Online
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).