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Alison Rayner Quintet

Quintet led by bassist and composer Alison Rayner and featuring Deidre Cartwright (guitar), Diane McLoughlin (saxophones), Steve Lodder (piano) and Buster Birch (drums). Debut album “August”, recorded live at The Vortex Jazz Club in London, released 2014, studio follow up “A Magic Life” released 2016.


ARTIST REVIEWS
August
August

"The album represents a good portrait of Alison Rayner as both a musician and composer. There's a joie de vivre about “August” that makes for very enjoyable listening. "

4 out of 5

Album Review


A Magic Life
A Magic Life

"This is a particularly well balanced ensemble. The writing by Rayner and the other group members is rich and varied and the arrangements combine brightness and colour with exactitude and precision. "

4 out of 5

Album Review


Alison Rayner Quintet (ARQ), Brecon Jazz Club, The Muse Arts Centre, Brecon, 13/06/2017.
Alison Rayner Quintet (ARQ), Brecon Jazz Club, The Muse Arts Centre, Brecon, 13/06/2017.

"The quintet’s multi-faceted pieces were full of delightful colour and detail but for all their sophistication remained wholly accessible and unfailingly melodic."

4 out of 5

Live Review


Alison Rayner Quintet (ARQ), The Hive Music & Media Centre, Shrewsbury, 10 / 02 / 2018.
Alison Rayner Quintet (ARQ), The Hive Music & Media Centre, Shrewsbury, 10 / 02 / 2018.

"Rayner’s compositions gave each individual member the chance to shine and each one brought something of their own musical personality to the proceedings."

4 out of 5

Live Review


JAZZ MANN FEATURES

Sunday at Wall2Wall Jazz Festival, Market Hall, Abergavenny, 02/09/2018.

Sunday at Wall2Wall Jazz Festival, Market Hall, Abergavenny, 02/09/2018.

Ian Mann enjoys the Jazz Alley and Charity Swing Party events at the Market Hall with performances by Wonderbrass, Tarion, Rebelinx and The Electric Swing Circus.


Saturday at Wall2Wall Jazz Festival, Melville Centre, Abergavenny, 01/09/2018.

Saturday at Wall2Wall Jazz Festival, Melville Centre, Abergavenny, 01/09/2018.

Ian Mann on a day of superb jazz with concert performances from bands led by Daniel Newberry, Alison Rayner, Ben Holder, Rachel Sutton and Tony Kofi plus interval music from Dave Jones and friends.


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