ShotXShot: Let Nature Square (2008)
Let Nature Square is the group's second release, after a very well received, self-titled live album in 2006. And, if anything, here they sound even more comfortable, more cohesive. Lending to their group-think is the shared writing duties: two of the tracks here are credited to Scofield, two more by drummer Dan Capecchi and one by bassist Matt Engle.
Playing at Jimmy's earlier this spring (a weekly series that sadly, and unceremoniously, just ended), Capecchi proved to be the driving force in the band. The saxophones intertwined, the bass ran counterpoint and the drums pushed from behind. Capecchi came to the band's Philadelphia home base from Minnesota, where he was playing with rock bands. Scofield and Engle, meanwhile, came with the familiarity of having played together in the excellent Sonic Liberation Front.
Film, painting and sports analogies are the clichés of writing about jazz, but ShotXShot invite it, their name being a cinematographic reference (i.e. frame by frame). The scenes they choose are nicely composedestablishing shots and passing conversations, rather than the all too common soliloquies that are the norm.
Track Listing: Scans; Triple Double; Overplay; Oh No; Autobonsai.
Personnel: Dan Capecchi: drums; Matt Engle: bass; Bryan Rogers: tenor saxophone; Dan Scofield: alto saxophone.
Record Label: High Two Recordings
Style: Modern Jazz