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.
"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. "
"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. "
"The quintetâ€™s multi-faceted pieces were full of delightful colour and detail but for all their sophistication remained wholly accessible and unfailingly melodic."
"Raynerâ€™s compositions gave each individual member the chance to shine and each one brought something of their own musical personality to the proceedings."
JAZZ MANN FEATURES
Pending his 2019 Cheltenham Jazz Festival gig with John Surman's Brass Project John talks more about his work with Soft Machine & with Surman, Eberhard Weber & others. He also picks his top ten CDs.
In the second part of his interview with guest contributor Trevor Bannister John establishes himself on the 1960s London jazz and session scene and gets the call from Soft Machine.