|Born||Latrobe, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Genres||Jazz, rock, experimental|
|Instruments||Double bass, bass guitar|
|Associated acts||The Delphian Orchestra, Bigmouth, Craig Taborn, Regina Carter, Gerald Cleaver, Matt Wilson, Joe Morris|
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 70 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. 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. The Wall Street Journal called the recording "superb" and it was named one of the best releases of 2010 by The New York Times, NPR, the Village Voice, and Jazz Times, 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. 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".
|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)|
|2001||Craig Taborn||Light Made Lighter||Thirsty Ear||Trio, with Gerald Cleaver (drums)|
|2017||Craig Taborn||Daylight Ghosts||ECM||Quartet, with Chris Speed (tenor sax, clarinet), Dave King (drums, percussion)|
|2013||Regina Carter||’’Southern Comfort’’||Sony||with Marvin Sewell (guitar), Will Holshouser (accordion), Alvester Garnett (drums)|
|2010||Regina Carter||’’Reverse Thread’’||E1||with Yacouba Sissoko (kora), Adam Rogers (guitar), Gary Versace (acc) Will Holshouser (acc), Alvester Garnett (drums)|
|2010||Regina Carter||’’Pagannini: After a Dream’’||Verve|
|2009||The Swell Season||’’Strict Joy’’||Anti-||with Glen Hansard, Chad Taylor, Thomas Bartlett, Javier Mas|
|2014||Plymouth||’’Plymouth’’||RareNoiseRecords||with Joe Morris, Jamie Saft, Mary Halvorson, Gerald Cleaver|
|2014||Matt Wilson||’’Gathering Call’’||Palmetto||with John Medeski, Jeff Lederer, Kirk Knufke|
|2009||Matt Wilson||’’That’s Gonna Leave a Mark’’||Palmetto||with Jeff Lederer, Andrew D’Angelo|
|2009||Chad Taylor||’’Circle Down’’||482 Music||trio, with Angelica Sanchez (piano)|
|2014||Joe Morris||Balance||Clean Feed Records||Quartet, with Mat Maneri (violin), Gerald Cleaver (drums)|
|2000||Joe Morris||At the Old Office||Knitting Factory||Quartet, with Mat Maneri (violin), Gerald Cleaver (drums)|
|1999||Joe Morris||Underthru||Omnitone||Quartet, with Mat Maneri (violin), Gerald Cleaver (drums)|
|1998||Joe Morris||A Cloud of Black Birds||AUM Fidelity||Quartet, with Mat Maneri (violin), Jerome Deupree (drums)|
|2009||James Carney||’’Ways And Means’’||Songlines||with Tony Malaby (tenor sax), Peter Epstein (tenor sax), Mark Ferber (drums), Josh Roseman (trombone), Ralph Alessi (trumpet)|
|2007||James Carney||’’Greenwood’’||Songlines||with Tony Malaby (tenor sax), Peter Epstein (tenor sax), Mark Ferber (drums), Josh Roseman (trombone), Ralph Alessi (trumpet)|
|2008||Gerald Cleaver||’’Detroit’’||Fresh Sound Records||with J.D. Allen (tenor sax), Andrew Bishop (tenor sax), Ben Waltzer (piano), Jeremy Pelt (trumpet)|
|2008||Anthony Coleman||’’With Every Breath’’||Knitting Factory||with Marc Ribot (guitar), Brad Shepik (guitar), Jim Pugliese (percussion)|
|2012||Anthony Braxton||’’Quintet (Tristano)’’||Braxton House|
|2011||Rob Brown||Unexplained Phenomena||Marge Records||with Matt Moran (vibes), Gerald Cleaver (drums)|
|2000||Rob Brown||Jumping Off the Page||No More||with Roy Campbell (trumpet), Jackson Krall (drums)|
|1998||Rob Brown||Scratching the Surface||CIMP||with Assif Tsahar (tenor sax), Lou Grassi (drums)|
|2004||Whit Dickey||In a Heartbeat||Clean Feed Records||with Roy Campbell (trumpet), Joe Morris (guitar), Rob Brown (alto sax)|
|2001||Whit Dickey||Big Top||Wobbly Rail||with Joe Morris (guitar), Rob Brown (alto sax)|
|2001||Whit Dickey||Transonic||AUM Fidelity||with Rob Brown (alto sax)|
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