Han er bassistenes bassist og en ettertraktet sidemann for Craig Taborn, Marc Ribot, Regina Carter og mange andre. Men Chris Lightcap er også sin egen mann, en strålende komponist som siden tidlig totusentall har gitt ut fire album med bandet Bigmouth. Det ferskeste, Epicenter, var en av 2015s sterkeste utgivelser.
Bigmouth er en kontemporær supergruppe. Et kreativt kraftsentrum der sterke musikalske personligheter har lagt egoet igjen i garderoben og trekker i samme retning. Resultatet er en tett bandfølelse og et konsentrert og sammensveisa uttrykk som veksler mellom rått driv og eterisk skjønnhet. Det er egentlig ganske utrolig at disse folka har tid til å komme sammen og reise på turné, men her er de. Pakkeløsning for den travle konsertgjengeren!
Tony Malaby – saksofon, Chris Cheek – saksofon, Craig Taborn – piano, Chris Lightcap – bass, Gerald Cleaver – trommer
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“Chris Lightcap & Bigmouth, with a white-hot frontline of saxophonists Chris Cheek and Tony Malaby, did the inside-outside thing to a tee. Their set’s final number, a majestic take on the Velvet Underground’s “All Tomorrow’s Parties,” hit the spot for this festival. It was jazz, it was bohemian pop and it was New York City to the bone.” – Evan Haga, Jazztimes, on the 2014 NYC Winter Jazzfest
Here’s what the press has to say about “Deluxe:”
“Superb” – Martin Johnson, Wall Street Journal
“As impressive as bassist Chris Lightcap’s first two albums were in showing off his distinctive two-tenor quartet, they didn’t prepare us for the richness and emotional reach of Deluxe…brimmingly alive…from start to finish this music sings.” – Lloyd Sachs, Downbeat
“Righteous… this is a steady band, and it shows emphatically in the music….The songs are suffused with locomotion and informed by choice aspects of West African music…it just works.” – Nate Chinen, New York Times
“The lineup reads like an all-star game of musician’s musicians, except none of them, least of all the composer, are slacking.” -Patrick Jarenwattananon, NPR
“Lightcap is a smart composer of driving music; his tunes breathe, with plenty of room for horn interplay…It’s a brawny unit, but also at ease — a muscle car with an unconcerned foot on the gas” -Patrick Jarenwattananon, NPR
“Lightcap’s expertise on the bass is second to none, as he pushes and prods his way through these original works with an absolutely stellar band…The music is centered but perfectly identified by shooting out many sparks and shafts of light. ” – Michael G Nastos, All Music Guide
“Bigmouth is a special band, demarcating its own territory, filled with surprisingly open spaces.” – Allaboutjazz
“A stellar example of accessible, forward-thinking new jazz, Deluxe pulls at the heartstrings and moves the body, without forgetting to exercise the mind.” – Point of Departure