Although Chris Lightcap has been around on the international jazz scene for a number of years now, the American bassist and composer has never played at the North Sea Jazz Festival before. Strange, because ever since the 40-year-old artist moved to New York in the 1990s he has worked with big names like Marc Ribot, John Scofield and Regina Carter. In addition, Lightcap has performed for many years with his own bands. At the North Sea Jazz Festival he will be playing with an all-star quintet made up of Chris Cheek, Tony Malaby (both on tenor sax), Craig Taborn (piano, Fender Rhodes) and Gerald Cleaver (drums); with the exception of the latter, this is the same lineup as on the highly praised project Bigmouth with which Lightcap astounded the jazz world in 2003. Last year, the project released its third album, Deluxe. You can expect to hear modern fusion using contemporary electronics and modern acoustic jazz techniques at the festival.