Press

Chris was interviewed by Ken Micallef for Stereophile Magazine.

“Epicenter” was featured as one of the Best Albums of 2015 in The New York Times, NPR, the LA Times, Downbeat, Jazztimes and many other media outlets.

“Mr. Lightcap, a well-traveled bassist with a feel for sturdy song form, presents a new batch of tunes for Bigmouth, a band with two expressive tenor saxophonists, Chris Cheek and Tony Malaby, and an adaptable rhythm team. Beyond the loose New York City theme – and a stylistic frame that runs from Ornette Coleman to West African kora music to the Velvet Underground – it’s an album of alert cohesion and unpretentious charm.” – Nate Chinen, the New York Times

The Complete List: NPR Music’s Favorite Songs Of 2015 (So Far) – Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth, “Nine South”: “Electric piano, two saxes and the open highway. The bassist is the leader and beat landscaper and he’s doing his job well.” – Patrick Jarenwattananon

“…a jazz supergroup …Lightcap is channeling the bass thrum and compositional spirit of Charles Mingus, mixed with the genre daredevilry of Sex Mob or the Bad Plus.” – Britt Robson, JazzTimes

4-stars. “It’s a multipolar musical world….The album opener, for example, is laced with a delicious indulgence of Wurlitzer funk, offset by tenor-tagging, a floating pulse and a busy ending flourish. The cadence of ‘White Horse’ brings us back to a kind of rhythmic swirl before we touch down with a taste of Ornette-flavored drive through the title track-the epicenter, in terms of swing, pluck and group unity…. And then there’s the cover of Lou Reed’s ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’ whose softly defiant backbeat is an answer to all the rhythmic twists and turns of everything that’s come before, the pulse unobtrusively lurching toward an anthemic cataclysm.” – John Ephland, DownBeat

“Epicenter an egoless all-star set, rocks: funky and modernistic, it sounds like an inevitable incremental step forward for jazz.” – Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

“…bold, mellifluous writing and subtle bandleading smarts….outstanding.” – Hank Shteamer, TimeOut New York

“…a riveting report from the front-line of creative American music.” – Cormac Larkin, The Irish Times

4 1/2 stars: “Conceived as a continuous seven-part extended work for his band, Bigmouth, the first seven tracks on Chris Lightcap’s Epicenter are as remarkable for their diversity as they are for the ways in which they’re tied together. The unifying theme here is ‘New York: Lost and Found,’ and the music could indeed work as a sort of conceptual portrait of the city’s colorful population and little-known, out-of-the-way nooks and crannies.” – Dave Wayne, All About Jazz

“…the all-star bassist deftly combines oddball meters, conventional song structures and stunning melodic washes. Epicenter is one of the best things to come out, thus far, in 2015.” – Dave Sumner, Bird is the Worm

“Epicenter is an excellent if overdue reminder of just how well [LIghtcap] works as a composer and leader in fielding music that at once grooves and intellectually moves.” – Derek Taylor, Dusted

“Chris Lightcap & Bigmouth, with a white-hot frontline of saxophonists Chris Cheek and Tony Malaby, did the inside-outside thing to a tee. Their set’s final number, a majestic take on the Velvet Underground’s “All Tomorrow’s Parties,” hit the spot for this festival. It was jazz, it was bohemian pop and it was New York City to the bone.” – Evan Haga, Jazztimes, on the 2014 NYC Winter Jazzfest

Here’s what the press has to say about “Deluxe:”

“Superb” – Martin Johnson, Wall Street Journal

“As impressive as bassist Chris Lightcap’s first two albums were in showing off his distinctive two-tenor quartet, they didn’t prepare us for the richness and emotional reach of Deluxe…brimmingly alive…from start to finish this music sings.” – Lloyd Sachs, Downbeat

“Righteous… this is a steady band, and it shows emphatically in the music….The songs are suffused with locomotion and informed by choice aspects of West African music…it just works.” – Nate Chinen, New York Times

“The lineup reads like an all-star game of musician’s musicians, except none of them, least of all the composer, are slacking.” -Patrick Jarenwattananon, NPR

“Lightcap is a smart composer of driving music; his tunes breathe, with plenty of room for horn interplay…It’s a brawny unit, but also at ease — a muscle car with an unconcerned foot on the gas” -Patrick Jarenwattananon, NPR

“Lightcap’s expertise on the bass is second to none, as he pushes and prods his way through these original works with an absolutely stellar band…The music is centered but perfectly identified by shooting out many sparks and shafts of light. ” – Michael G Nastos, All Music Guide

“Bigmouth is a special band, demarcating its own territory, filled with surprisingly open spaces.” – Allaboutjazz

“A stellar example of accessible, forward-thinking new jazz, Deluxe pulls at the heartstrings and moves the body, without forgetting to exercise the mind.” – Point of Departure