Chris Lightcap

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Chris Lightcap
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Background information
Birth name Chris Lightcap
Born Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA
Genres Jazz, rock, experimental
Occupation(s) 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 four 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. A performance of the piece the following year was reviewed by the New York Times.[10] Bigmouth's 2015 release on Clean Feed Records, Epicenter features this batch of music along with a cover of The Velvet Underground's "All Tomorrow's Parties".

Selected Discography[edit]

As Leader[edit]

Year released Title Label Notes
2015 Epicenter Clean Feed Records Featuring Bigmouth with Tony Malaby (tenor saxophone), Chris Cheek (tenor saxophone), Craig Taborn (Wurlitzer, piano, organ), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
2010 Deluxe Clean Feed Records Featuring Bigmouth with Tony Malaby (tenor saxophone), Chris Cheek (tenor saxophone), Craig Taborn (Wurlitzer, piano), Gerald Cleaver (drums), and guest, Andrew D'Angelo (alto sax)
2003 Bigmouth Fresh Sound Records Quartet, with Tony Malaby (tenor saxophone), Bill McHenry (tenor saxophone), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
2000 Lay-Up Fresh Sound Records Quartet, with Tony Malaby (tenor saxophone), Bill McHenry (tenor saxophone), Gerald Cleaver (drums)

As Bassist[edit]

Year released Leader Title Label Notes
2001 Taborn, CraigCraig Taborn ’’Light Made Lighter’’ Thirsty Ear Trio, with Gerald Cleaver (drums)
2013 Carter, ReginaRegina Carter ’’Southern Comfort’’ Sony with Marvin Sewell (guitar), Will Holshouser (accordion), Alvester Garnett (drums)
2010 Carter, ReginaRegina Carter ’’Reverse Thread’’ E1 with Yacouba Sissoko (kora), Adam Rogers (guitar), Gary Versace (acc) Will Holshouser (acc), Alvester Garnett (drums)
2010 Carter, ReginaRegina Carter ’’Pagannini: After a Dream’’ Verve
2009 , The Swell SeasonThe Swell Season ’’Strict Joy’’ Anti- with Glen Hansard, Chad Taylor, Thomas Bartlett, Javier Mas
2014 , PlymouthPlymouth ’’Plymouth’’ Rare Noise Records with Joe Morris, Jamie Saft, Mary Halvorson, Gerald Cleaver
2014 Wilson, MattMatt Wilson ’’Gathering Call’’ Palmetto with John Medeski, Jeff Lederer, Kirk Knufke
2009 Wilson, MattMatt Wilson ’’That’s Gonna Leave a Mark’’ Palmetto with Jeff Lederer, Andrew D’Angelo
2009 Taylor, ChadChad Taylor ’’Circle Down’’ 482 Music trio, with Angelica Sanchez (piano)
2014 Morris, JoeJoe Morris Balance Clean Feed Records Quartet, with Mat Maneri (violin), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
2000 Morris, JoeJoe Morris At the Old Office Knitting Factory Quartet, with Mat Maneri (violin), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
1999 Morris, JoeJoe Morris Underthru Omnitone Quartet, with Mat Maneri (violin), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
1998 Morris, JoeJoe Morris A Cloud of Black Birds AUM Fidelity Quartet, with Mat Maneri (violin), Jerome Deupree (drums)
2009 Carney, JamesJames Carney ’’Ways And Means’’ Songlines with Tony Malaby (tenor sax), Peter Epstein (tenor sax), Mark Ferber (drums), Josh Roseman (trombone), Ralph Alessi (trumpet)
2007 Carney, JamesJames Carney ’’Greenwood’’ Songlines with Tony Malaby (tenor sax), Peter Epstein (tenor sax), Mark Ferber (drums), Josh Roseman (trombone), Ralph Alessi (trumpet)
2008 Cleaver, GeraldGerald Cleaver ’’Detroit’’ Fresh Sound Records with J.D. Allen (tenor sax), Andrew Bishop (tenor sax), Ben Waltzer (piano), Jeremy Pelt (trumpet)
2008 Coleman, AnthonyAnthony Coleman ’’With Every Breath’’ Knitting Factory with Marc Ribot (guitar), Brad Shepik (guitar), Jim Pugliese (percussion)
2012 Braxton, AnthonyAnthony Braxton ’’Quintet (Tristano)’’ Braxton House
2011 Brown, RobRob Brown Unexplained Phenomena Marge Records with Matt Moran (vibes), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
2000 Brown, RobRob Brown Jumping Off the Page No More with Roy Campbell (trumpet), Jackson Krall (drums)
1998 Brown, RobRob Brown Scratching the Surface CIMP with Assif Tsahar (tenor sax), Lou Grassi (drums)
2004 Dickey, WhitWhit Dickey In a Heartbeat Clean Feed Records with Roy Campbell (trumpet), Joe Morris (guitar), Rob Brown (alto sax)
2001 Dickey, WhitWhit Dickey Big Top Wobbly Rail with Joe Morris (guitar), Rob Brown (alto sax)
2001 Dickey, WhitWhit Dickey Transonic AUM Fidelity with Rob Brown (alto sax)

References[edit]

  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". NPR.org. 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. 
  10. ^ Chinen, Nate (June 3, 2013). "A Love Letter to New York, Written by Consensus". The New York Times. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 

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