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Album · 2010

Filed under Nu Jazz
By CHRIS LIGHTCAP

Tracklist

1 Platform 8:30
2 Silvertone 9:56
3 Ting 7:08
4 Year Of The Rooster 5:45
5 The Clutch 6:30
6 Two-Face 6:20
7 Deluxe Version 8:02
8 Fuzz 4:20

Line-up/Musicians

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

About this release

Clean Feed ‎– CF174CD(Portugal)

Recorded October 8-9, 2008 at Brooklyn Recording

Thanks to snobb for the addition

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js
‘Deluxe’ is another fine example of how jazz is alive and well in 2011 as artists like Chris Lightcap blend what is best in today’s new developments with traditions from the past. Although often conveniently placed in the nu jazz genre, Chris and his band do not play many clichés from any genre. Their connection to nu jazz comes from some use of that genre’s repeating minimalist figures, as well as a very youthful almost indie-rock feel to their sound and production. Along with the occasional nu jazz influences, you can also hear some unpretentious Charles Mingus styled head-arrangements in the ensemble horn playing as well as some throwbacks to the early 80s when post-fusion horn players like Henry Threadgill and Arther Blythe re-discovered the joy of playing acoustic hard bop jazz that often leaned towards free jazz.

There isn't any modern studio trickery or overdubbing on here. Every song consists of stand-up bass, drums and Wurlitzer piano, all recorded without any effects, as well as two or three horn players who are capable of simultaneous improvisations without stepping on each other’s toes. The use of a Wurlitzer piano is an interesting choice and adds much to this band’s American indie rock band sound. Likewise, some tunes use repeating chord sequences that recall rustic mid-western garage rock bands as well. Other lead melodies the band uses to kick off their improvisations may also remind many of Ornette Coleman’s slow plaintive melodies that also paint a picture of large open outdoor spaces.

This is an excellent heartfelt and emotional record that sounds better the more I hear it. If I had one complaint about this group it would be that they still have not earned that ultra-confident swagger and authority that goes with the very best in jazz. If they keep up what they are doing though, in time Chris Lightcaps's Bigmouth will earn all that.
snobb
I'm trying to listen every new small Portuguese label Clean Feed's release I can find - this label releases one of most interesting music in Europe during last some years. "Deluxe" is excellent release of American band, released on this label which I discovered for myself last year.

The album starts with quite usual European nu jazz-influenced composition,driven by electric piano with multi-horns melody.Warm and soft and slightly melancholic - from very first sound this album is catching the listener. But straight after you will easily understand that this release is far not your another nu jazz album.

Energetic,but very melodic sound with two tenor and one alto saxes on front, with serious support from Rhodes and acoustic piano and great elastic rhythm section, this album just opens a whole musical world for the listener. Compositions all are velvet, mixing Coleman's melodic sax with Haden's aural world of Latin jazz in one comfortable,but never mellow mixture. Three sax players play together on some tracks and against each other on others. Some compositions contain nice free-jazz soloing. But most important - being quite diverse musically, all album sounds as one solid work, not like just a collection of songs. Melancholic and warm atmosphere is all around from very first sounds of opener till the last hordes of final song.

Rare case when album could be attractive for melodic accessible jazz fans and for jazz gourmets.One between best albums,coming from 2010 - really recommended!

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