Chris Lightcap: Deluxe (2010)
As might be expected from the frontline, it's a band of real power, but there are other dimensions as well. Lightcap works from a broad compositional palette, developing strong grooves with Cleaver that emphasize the R&B affinities of the two tenors, as well as a strong Latin feel. The scintillating "Ting" has a Mexican vibe and there are lovely liquid ballads as well. There's a preference for consonant harmonies here that's furthered by the majesty of the two tenors, Cheek usually the smoother sound of the two, Malaby using more vocal inflections. Their dovetailing lines, cascading over Lightcap's bass ostinatos, are the essential component of the developing dialogue of "Clutch" or "Two-Face."
Taborn's Wurlitzer piano adds a special ambience, an unexpected period sound that seems to emphasize the Southwest. D'Angelo's alto is an effective contrast to the weightier tenors, adding a clarion edge to the ballad "Silvertone" and spiraling, celebratory lines to "Ting." Bigmouth is a special band, demarcating its own territory, filled with surprisingly open spaces.
Track Listing: Platform; Silvertone; Ting; Year of the Rooster; The Clutch; Two-Face; Deluxe Version; Fuzz.
Personnel: Chris Lightcap: bass; Chris Cheek: tenor saxophone; Tony Malaby: tenor saxophone; Craig Taborn: piano, Wurlitzer electronic piano; Gerald Cleaver: drums; Andrew D'Angelo: alto saxophone.
Record Label: Clean Feed Records
Style: Modern Jazz