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

We are pleased to announce that Chris’ band Superette will release its debut album September 7, 2018 on Royal Potato Family Records. The album, whcih also features special guests Nels Cline and John Medeski, features six original compositions by Lightcap, two by Curtis Hasselbring, and covers of songs by Link Wray, Neil Young and Skip Spence. The album was recorded and mixed by legendary engineer Ron St. Germain and co-produced by Lightcap and David Breskin.

The band, which also features Curtis Hasselbring and Jonathan Goldberger on guitars and Dan Rieser on drums, will perform a special album release show at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City along with both Nels Cline and John Medeski on Saturday, September 15th.

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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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