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Chris Lightcap: Two Become One

An impractical idea devised by the bassist has yielded an unlikely supergroup

Chris Lightcap
Chris Lightcap (photo: Alicia Albiñana Domingo)

The two bands led by Chris Lightcap, it would seem on the surface, don’t have much in common. Bigmouth—a largely acoustic affair featuring Lightcap on double bass, Craig Taborn on piano and keyboards, Tony Malaby and Chris Cheek splitting tenor saxophone duties, and Gerald Cleaver drumming—has been kicking around for well over a decade. The rock-informed Superette, an all-electric quartet—Lightcap joined by two guitarists, Jonathan Goldberger and Curtis Hasselbring, with Dan Rieser on drums—only released its debut album in 2018.

You probably wouldn’t expect to see the two combos on the same bill, let alone sharing a stage, but then you’re not Chris Lightcap. Why not, the musician and composer mused, combine the two bands in one octet and see what happens?

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Jeff Tamarkin

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Jeff Tamarkin is the former editor of Goldmine, CMJ, Relix, and Global Rhythm. As a writer he has contributed to the New York Daily News, JazzTimes, Boston Phoenix, Harp, Mojo, Newsday, Billboard, and many other publications. He is the author of the book Got a Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane and has contributed to The Guinness Companion to Popular Music, All Music Guide, and several other encyclopedias. He has also served as a consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, NARAS, National Geographic Online, and Music Club Records.