“Superette” drops Sept 7 on RPF Records. NYC album release show at LPR Sept 15!

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Superette’ is the debut album from revered bassist and composer Chris Lightcap’s electrifying experimental band featuring guitarists Curtis Hasselbring and Jonathan Goldberger and drummer Dan Rieser, along with special guests Nels Cline and John Medeski. An endeavor for those who seek true exploration in music, Lightcap and company fearlessly guide the listener through soundscapes of surf, harmolodics, Mali-trance, psych and beyond, delivering a riveting sonic journey.

“Ever since I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with the electric guitar,” says bassist and composer Chris Lightcap, explaining the impetus behind his 2018 Royal Potato Family release ‘Superette.’ “From the first moment I heard the opening chords of [Elton John’s] ‘Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)’ at three years old, I knew I was hooked.”

That watershed moment eventually led Lightcap to an adolescent discovery of classic rock albums by The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, a slew of teenage garage bands where he first cut his teeth as an electric bass player, ultimately leading to his discovery of the upright bass, jazz and improvised music, which culminated with a move to New York City in the early ‘90s.

Since then, Chris has lent his huge sound, propulsive groove and creative vision to an impressively wide array of prominent artists in the fields of jazz and beyond, including Regina Carter, Glen Hansard, Marc Ribot and Cecil Taylor. For the past 15 years he has also led Bigmouth, one of today’s most accomplished groups, each of whose last two releases were mainstays of countless year-end “best of” lists, including the New York Times, NPR and JazzTimes.

Lightcap’s writing for Bigmouth’s two-tenor frontline is inspired by West African music, classic pop hooks and great composers from across the musical spectrum to create melodies and harmonic landscapes as jumping off points for group improvisation. With ‘Superette,’ he draws on many of those same influences, while returning to the sound of the electric guitar for inspiration.

“In 2013 I first discussed the idea of an all electric, two-guitar band with Curtis, in which I’d play bass guitar,” says Lightcap, explaining the genesis behind Superette (which is the name of the band, as well as the album). “I wanted it to reference my favorite guitar-driven instrumental, psych and garage music like Link Wray, Love and The Monks as a jumping off point, but also to be a group in which the musicians could experiment with all kinds of different sounds and grooves, and be able to be as interactive and free flowing as we wanted it to be, like a jazz group would.”

Hasselbring is also an accomplished composer and trombonist who leads the critically acclaimed New Mellow Edwards and has collaborated with Medeski Martin & Wood, Slavic Soul Party, John Hollenbeck, Golem, and Tom Harrell. On ‘Superette,’ he shows off his biting telecaster tone and contributes the brilliant anthems “Far Away Planet” and “Frozen Bread.”

Lightcap first played with Goldberger in a big band about ten years ago. “I was struck by the depth and range of his sound, as well as his orchestral approach to the instrument.” Goldberger can be frequently heard as a member of the well-travelled Red Baraat, and has also worked with Jim Black, John Zorn and Joe Russo.

Lightcap’s relationship with Dan Rieser goes back to his first years living in New York, where the two often played everything from jazz trio gigs to singer-songwriter shows around town. One of New York’s best and most versatile drummers, Rieser went on to tour the world with multi-platinum selling Marcy Playground and has also played and recorded with Norah Jones and Rosanne Cash. “Although we haven’t always worked together over the years as regularly as I would have liked, I always dreamed of putting a band together that would have Dan on drums.”

Whether diving into Lightcap’s Mali-by-way-of-Redondo theme “Djyali,” exploring the wide open spaces of “While You Were Out,” or covering Neil Young’s haunting ballad “Birds,” Superette moves effortlessly between pieces of material with a consistency that makes it all sound like one music, rather than a genre-hopping, eclectic approach.

‘Superette’ was recorded by legendary engineer Ron Saint Germain at the iconic Sear Sound studio in New York City, and produced by Lightcap and David Breskin. When the opportunity to record came, Lightcap decided to invite his friends, guitarist Nels Cline and organist John Medeski, to play on select cuts. “I knew they’d fit in fit in effortlessly, and what they contributed was even better than I could’ve imagined.”

The well-known Wilco guitar hero Cline, who also leads several projects featuring Lightcap on upright bass, delivers blistering lines on “Far Away Planet” and Link Wray’s “Ace of Spades.” On “Light Trails” he soars above the group with a beautiful introductory lap steel statement

Medeski, with whom Lightcap first worked while recording Matt Wilson’s 2014 album “Gathering Call” reminds listeners that he possesses one of the most distinctive musical voices to ever emanate through a Leslie speaker. On “Calling on Cars” and “Far Away Planet,” he plumbs the sonic depths of the Hammond B3, creating wide sonic swaths and vast harmonic underpinnings, while on “She Walked in” and “Light Trails,” he crafts solos that rhythmically work both inside and against the groove in a most revelatory way.

Lightcap has toured and recorded with Craig Taborn, Archie Shepp, Tomasz Stanko, Julian Lage, Joe Morris and many others. His playing can be heard on over 70 albums, most recently on Taborn’s acclaimed ECM Records release, “Daylight Ghosts” and Regina Carter’s Sony record, “Ella: Accentuate the Positive.” ‘Superette’ is Lightcap’s fifth release as a bandleader and composer, and he has been awarded commissions and production grants from Chamber Music America and the Shifting Foundation.

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Chris Lightcap presents “SuperBigmouth”

Acclaimed bassist, composer and bandleader Chris Lightcap has written new music for a double ensemble which combines his two established groups, Superette and Bigmouth.

This new piece, “SuperBigmouth” will be premiered in the fall of 2017 at two special Brooklyn concert venues:

Thursday, September 21 2017

ShapeShifter Lab
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215


(646) 820-9452

Friday, November 3, 2017

Roulette Intermedium
509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

(917) 267-0363


Lightcap has lent his huge sound, propulsive groove and creative vision to an impressively wide-ranging array of artists including Regina Carter, Tomasz Stanko, Julian Lage, Joe Morris Nels Cline and Matt Wilson. His playing can be heard on over 70 albums, including Craig Taborn’s recent release on ECM records, “Daylight Ghosts” and Carter’s 2017 album on Sony, “Ella: Accentuate the Positive.” The music he has written for SuperBigmouth consolidates his love and affinity for experimental composition and improvisation, west African music, classic rock music, pop songwriting, production craft and the great jazz composers, performers and ensembles of the past century.

Bigmouth is:

Tony Malaby – tenor saxophone
Chris Cheek – tenor saxophone
Craig Taborn – keyboards
Chris Lightcap – double bass
Gerald Cleaver – drums

Bigmouth has performed, recorded and toured together for the better part of the last 20 years, and the group’s most recent CD, “Epicenter” was named one of the best CDs of 2015 by the New York Times, NPR and the LA times. The original music on Epicenter was the product of Lightcap’s 2011 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works commission.

Superette is:

Jonathan Goldberger – guitar
Curtis Hasselbring – guitar
Chris Lightcap – electric bass
Dan Rieser – drums

Assembled in 2013, Superette is Lightcap’s electric experimental rock band. The group’s forthcoming self-titled album will be released in the spring of 2018 on Royal Potato Family and features special guests, guitarist Nels Cline and organist John Medeski.

“Superbigmouth” was developed with support from Chamber Music America’s 2016 New Jazz Works Commissioning and Ensemble Development program, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

The project has also received generous support from the Shifting Foundation

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Bigmouth Tours Europe March 19-26

We are pleased to announce that Chris Lightcap will be taking Bigmouth on the road in Europe for a week in March. Here are the tour dates:

Sun 19th – Bimhuis (Amsterdam)
Mon 20th – Lantaren Venster (Rotterdam)
Tue 21st – Klub CD – Cankarjev dom (Ljubljana)
Wed 22nd – Victoria Nasjonal Jazzscene(Oslo)
Thu 23rd – Fasching (Stockholm)
Fri 24th – Jazzhouse (Copenhagen)
Sat 25th – AMR (Geneva)
Sun 26th – Padova, Italy

For more information please check visit the website of

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Superette to appear at the 2017 NYC Winter Jazz Fest 1/7/17 11 pm

Superette, fresh out of the studio recording our first release with special guests Nels Cline and John Medeski, will be performing at the 2017 Winter Jazz Fest on January 7.

Superette is:

Chris Lightcap, electric bass
Curtis Hasselbring, guitar
Jon Goldberger, guitar
Dan Rieser, drums

We’ll be at the New School 5th Floor Theater, 55 West 13th Street NYC, 11 pm. See you there!

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Bigmouth European Tour March 19-26 2017

Bigmouth will tour Europe late March, 2017! We have confirmed dates in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Ljublana, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Geneva and Padova. A few dates are still available… for booking inquiries, please contact Mauri Estruga: mauri@estrugamng.com

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US Spring Tours announced for Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth

Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth, featuring Craig Taborn, Tony Malaby, Chris Cheek and Gerald Cleaver, will be touring this spring in support of 2015′s critically acclaimed “Epicenter.”

Western dates:

March 30: the GIG, Santa Fe, NM
March 31: the Outpost, Albuquerque, NM
April 1: Dazzle Jazz, Denver, CO

New England dates

April 20: Williams College
April 21: Arts Block, Greenfield, MA
April 22: Firehouse 12, New Haven, CT

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Epicenter named one of the top albums of 2015 by the New York Times

Epicenter has been named one of the top albums of 2015 by the New York Times in its year-end music wrap up.

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Bigmouth to appear at 2015 Saalfelden & Willisau Festivals, August 28/29

We Are pleased to announce that Bigmouth will be performing at this year’s Saalfelden and Willisau Jazz Festivals on August 28th and 29th!

Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone
Chris Cheek, tenor saxophone
Matt Mitchell, wurlitzer/piano
Gerald Cleaver, drums

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“Epicenter” receives great review in the Sunday New York Times!

Check out Nate Chinen’s excellent review of Epicenter, the new release by Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth.

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Bigmouth to play the 36th International Jazz Festival of Saalfelden August 28th

We Are pleased to announce that Bigmouth will be performing at this year’s Saalfelden Jazz Festival on August 28th!

Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone
Chris Cheek, tenor saxophone
Matt Mitchell, wurlitzer/piano
Gerald Cleaver, drums

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