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Jazz Renditions of Blues, Soul, Pop & Rock Hits (Part 1)

Read "Jazz Renditions of Blues, Soul, Pop & Rock Hits (Part 1)" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The compositions that we refer to as “jazz standards" were the pop songs of their time, before gradually developing into mainstays of the jazz repertoire. This week we focus on jazz interpretations of today's popular music, with renditions of the songs of artists ranging from Marvin Gaye to Sonic Youth, from Prince to Led Zeppelin, from ...

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Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth: Epicenter

Read "Epicenter" reviewed by Luca Canini

Ha ancora senso parlare di mainstream? Esiste un jazz che guarda al futuro riuscendo allo stesso tempo ad essere immediatamente riconoscibile e masticabile anche da chi di jazz poco, o niente, ne capisce? Domande oziose soltanto all'apparenza. Che nel loro studiato candore squarciano il velo di una dicotomia che a uno sguardo distratto può apparire insanabile: ...

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Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth: Epicenter

Read "Epicenter" reviewed by Dave Wayne

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 ...

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Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth: Epicenter

Read "Epicenter" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The closing track of bassist Chris Lightcap's muscular and vibrant Epicenter is a very intense and almost brutal version of Lou Reed's “All Tomorrow's Parties" from the 1967 release Velvet Underground & Nico. This tune, which is among Reed's most highly crafted works and which captures the essence of both the times and its subculture, is ...

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Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth: Epicenter

Read "Epicenter" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

"Nine South" from New York bassist Chris Lightcap's Epicenter ignites the rhythm sense with its undeniable influence from West African music. Written as part of a commissioned work granted by Chamber Music America New Jazz Works, the piece was inspired by Lightcap's routine drive into Manhattan. Propelled by contagious hooks, fiery solos, and powerful harmonies, the ...

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Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth: Epicenter

Read "Epicenter" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The group is packed with some of the top stars of modern jazz, but it's with the collective and cohesive ensemble sound that bassist/composer Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth stands out. Hard-driving, electric, edgy, with a chip sitting firmly on its collective shoulders, Epicenter, Lightcap's ode to New York City, commissioned by Chamber Music America New Jazz Works, ...

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Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth: Epicenter

Read "Epicenter" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Chris Lightcap is a bassist's bassist. As a sideman to leaders such as Regina Carter, Matt Wilson, Joe Morris, Marc Ribot, and Craig Taborn, his rock-solid timekeeping can be quite inconspicuous. He is a sort of steadfast superglue that leaders and composers hold in high regard.

As a leader and composer, there is another ...