The New York Times review by Nate Chinen

Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth – Deluxe (CF 174)
A jazz bassist of flexibility and purpose, Chris Lightcap has devoted his roughly decade-long bandleading career to a distinctive format: two tenor saxophones, with bass and drums. On “Deluxe” (Clean Feed), his righteous third album, the saxophonists are Chris Cheek and Tony Malaby, and the drummer is Gerald Cleaver. Also on board are the keyboardist Craig Taborn (principally on Wurlitzer electric piano) and the alto saxophonist Andrew D’Angelo (contributing memorably astringent solos on three tracks). To a great extent this is a steady band, and it shows emphatically in the music. Mr. Lightcap writes tunes rooted in polyrhythm and fleshed out with modal harmony. He often deploys the saxophones in a braided tandem, before giving each a chance to stretch out: Mr. Cheek with his streamlined logic, Mr. Malaby with his woollier line of attack. The songs are suffused with locomotion and informed by choice aspects of West African music. Beyond that “Deluxe” has an uncommonly great sound; it was mixed by the keyboardist Jamie Saft, whose influence only rings obvious on the closer, “Fuzz.” That track runs Mr. Lightcap’s acoustic bass through a black haze of distortion, but the result doesn’t feel like a gimmick. Like most of the album it just works.

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