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Chris Lightcap – biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

IntroAmerican jazz instrumentalist
Is Jazz musician 
From United States of America 
Type Music 
Gendermale
Birth 23 April 1971, Latrobe, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Age:49 years

Chris Lightcap is an American double bassist, bass guitarist and composer born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

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”.

Selected discography

As leader

Year releasedTitleLabelNotes
2015EpicenterClean Feed RecordsFeaturing Bigmouth with Tony Malaby (tenor saxophone), Chris Cheek (tenor saxophone), Craig Taborn (Wurlitzer, piano, organ), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
2010DeluxeClean Feed RecordsFeaturing Bigmouth with Tony Malaby (tenor saxophone), Chris Cheek (tenor saxophone), Craig Taborn (Wurlitzer, piano), Gerald Cleaver (drums), and guest, Andrew D’Angelo (alto sax)
2003BigmouthFresh Sound RecordsQuartet, with Tony Malaby (tenor saxophone), Bill McHenry (tenor saxophone), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
2000Lay-UpFresh Sound RecordsQuartet, with Tony Malaby (tenor saxophone), Bill McHenry (tenor saxophone), Gerald Cleaver (drums)

As sideman

Year releasedLeaderTitleLabelNotes
2001 Taborn, CraigCraig TabornLight Made LighterThirsty EarTrio, with Gerald Cleaver (drums)
2017 Taborn, CraigCraig TabornDaylight GhostsECMQuartet, with Chris Speed (tenor sax, clarinet), Dave King (drums, percussion)
2013 Carter, ReginaRegina Carter’’Southern Comfort’’Sonywith Marvin Sewell (guitar), Will Holshouser (accordion), Alvester Garnett (drums)
2010 Carter, ReginaRegina Carter’’Reverse Thread’’E1with 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’’RareNoiseRecordswith Joe Morris, Jamie Saft, Mary Halvorson, Gerald Cleaver
2014 Wilson, MattMatt Wilson’’Gathering Call’’Palmettowith John Medeski, Jeff Lederer, Kirk Knufke
2009 Wilson, MattMatt Wilson’’That’s Gonna Leave a Mark’’Palmettowith Jeff Lederer, Andrew D’Angelo
2009 Taylor, ChadChad Taylor’’Circle Down’’482 Musictrio, with Angelica Sanchez (piano)
2014 Morris, JoeJoe MorrisBalanceClean Feed RecordsQuartet, with Mat Maneri (violin), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
2000 Morris, JoeJoe MorrisAt the Old OfficeKnitting FactoryQuartet, with Mat Maneri (violin), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
1999 Morris, JoeJoe MorrisUnderthruOmnitoneQuartet, with Mat Maneri (violin), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
1998 Morris, JoeJoe MorrisA Cloud of Black BirdsAUM FidelityQuartet, with Mat Maneri (violin), Jerome Deupree (drums)
2009 Carney, JamesJames Carney’’Ways And Means’’Songlineswith Tony Malaby (tenor sax), Peter Epstein (tenor sax), Mark Ferber (drums), Josh Roseman (trombone), Ralph Alessi (trumpet)
2007 Carney, JamesJames Carney’’Greenwood’’Songlineswith Tony Malaby (tenor sax), Peter Epstein (tenor sax), Mark Ferber (drums), Josh Roseman (trombone), Ralph Alessi (trumpet)
2008 Cleaver, GeraldGerald Cleaver’’Detroit’’Fresh Sound Recordswith J.D. Allen (tenor sax), Andrew Bishop (tenor sax), Ben Waltzer (piano), Jeremy Pelt (trumpet)
2008 Coleman, AnthonyAnthony Coleman’’With Every Breath’’Knitting Factorywith Marc Ribot (guitar), Brad Shepik (guitar), Jim Pugliese (percussion)
2012 Braxton, AnthonyAnthony Braxton’’Quintet (Tristano)’’Braxton House
2011 Brown, RobRob BrownUnexplained PhenomenaMarge Recordswith Matt Moran (vibes), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
2000 Brown, RobRob BrownJumping Off the PageNo Morewith Roy Campbell (trumpet), Jackson Krall (drums)
1998 Brown, RobRob BrownScratching the SurfaceCIMPwith Assif Tsahar (tenor sax), Lou Grassi (drums)
2004 Dickey, WhitWhit DickeyIn a HeartbeatClean Feed Recordswith Roy Campbell (trumpet), Joe Morris (guitar), Rob Brown (alto sax)
2001 Dickey, WhitWhit DickeyBig TopWobbly Railwith Joe Morris (guitar), Rob Brown (alto sax)
2001 Dickey, WhitWhit DickeyTransonicAUM Fidelitywith Rob Brown (alto sax)