Chris Lightcap

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Chris Lightcap
Background information
Birth name Chris Lightcap
Born Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA
Genres Jazz, rock, experimental
Occupations Musician, bassist, composer
Instruments Double bass, bass guitar
Associated acts Bigmouth, Craig Taborn, Regina Carter, Gerald Cleaver, Matt Wilson, Joe Morris

Chris Lightcap is an American double bassist, bass guitarist and composer[1] born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.[2]

Currently based in Brooklyn, New York, Lightcap has worked with Marc Ribot, Regina Carter, Craig Taborn, John Medeski, Tomasz Stanko, John Scofield, The Swell Season, Mark Turner, Joe Morris, Chris Potter, Glen Hansard, Sheila Jordan, James Carter, Butch Morris, Ben Monder, Tom Harrell and others. His playing is featured on over 60 albums.

In addition to his work as a sideman he has led a variety of bands since 2000 and has produced three critically acclaimed albums of original music. Lightcap's first two CDs as a leader, Lay-Up (2000) and Bigmouth (2003) were released on the Fresh Sound New Talent label and featured a quartet line-up with Gerald Cleaver on drums and Tony Malaby and Bill McHenry on tenor saxophones.[3] Two years later he expanded the group to a quintet, naming it Bigmouth and establishing a line-up of Craig Taborn on keyboards, Chris Cheek and Malaby on tenor saxophones and Cleaver on drums. In 2010 Bigmouth recorded Deluxe, Lightcap's third CD as a leader, on Clean Feed Records with alto saxophonist Andrew D'Angelo also joining the group on three selections.[4] The Wall Street Journal called the recording "superb"[5] and it was named one of the best releases of 2010 by the New York Times,[6] NPR,[7] the Village Voice,[8] and Jazz Times,[9] among other publications.

In 2006 he received a commission to compose for the ensemble counter (induction, which premiered his piece Wiretap at the Tenri Cultural Center on October 16, 2006. In 2011 he received a New Jazz Works grant from Chamber Music America. Bigmouth premiered Lightcap's resulting work, Lost and Found at the Earshot Jazz Festival on October 28, 2012 in Seattle, WA. The work was subsequently broadcast on NPR for the show Jazzset with Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Selected discography[edit]

As Bandleader[edit]

As Bassist[edit]

With Craig Taborn

With Regina Carter

With The Swell Season

  • 2009 - Strict Joy (ANTI-)

With Plymouth

With the Matt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski

With the Matt Wilson Quartet

With Chad Taylor

  • 2009 - Circle Down (482 Music)

With Gerald Cleaver

With Joe Morris

With Whit Dickey


  1. ^ Ratliff, Ben (January 9, 2006). "Reveling in the Tension Between Two Stylistic Worlds". The New York Times. Retrieved April 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ Layne, Joslyn. "Chris Lightcap: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  3. ^ Ratliff, Ben (October 14, 2000). "Serene and Restless, Freely Juxtaposed". New York Times. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ Chinen, Nate (May 10, 2010). "Sounds of New Orleans, and Far Beyond". The New York Times. Retrieved August 13, 2010. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Martin (January 26, 2011). "Basing Himself in a New Jazz Sound". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ Chinen, Nate (December 16, 2010). "Renewal, the Sensual and Fraught Candor". The New York Times. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ Jarenwattananon, Patrick (December 1, 2010). "Top 10 Jazz Albums Of 2010". Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  8. ^ "The 2010 Voice Critics' Poll: The Results". The Village Voice. December 29, 2010. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Critics' Picks: Top 50 CDs". Jazztimes. January 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 

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