ARQ Alison Rayner Quintet

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ARQ Alison Rayner Quintet Short Info

ARQ, led by bass player Alison Rayner, play “deliciously upbeat, groovy and thoughtful jazz” (Jazz UK Nov 2014). They released their first album August to critical acclaim in 2014 and are now touring nationally.

Alison Rayner has had a lengthy career as a bass-player and composer, touring and recording with Afro-Latin group the Guest Stars in the 80s and then working with players such as Tal Farlow, Sharon Freeman, Jayne Cortez and Denardo Coleman, Bobby Wellins, Ian Shaw, Jean Toussaint and John Etheridge. Now, as a leader, she ties together many of the strands of her numerous musical influences.

Alison is supported by pianist Steve Lodder (Andy Shepherd, George Russell, John Harle); guitarist Deirdre Cartwright (the Guest Stars and BBC TV’s Rockschool programme); Diane McLoughlin, a consummate saxophone player and leader of Giant Steppes Jazz Orchestra and drummer Buster Birch (Heads South, London Jazz Trio).

The emphasis is on terrific grooves, poignant melodies and fluid improvisation. Influences as diverse as funk, folk, and Afro-Cuban dance music.

“The recent album August shows her to be a superb composer… a perfect showcase of Rayner’s diverse talents”
Jazz UK Oct 2014

“The group’s tight and assured playing are superbly suited to play Rayner’s compositions, her thoughtful and melodic soloing being a particular highlight. The debut album couldn’t be stronger”
LondonJazzNews Oct 2014

“August could hardly represent a sharper reminder to the British jazz world of the breadth and depth of Alison Rayner’s often unsung talents. It’s taken a while for Alison Rayner the composer to step all the way out of the shadows. But on the strength of this fine album, she might have to get used to the spotlight.”
John Fordham May 2014

“…a great and groovy disc that showcases the bassist at her most creative, both as a player and arranger.”
Jazz UK Oct/Nov 2014

“…a well-crafted and well programmed set that touches many bases – the warm atmosphere and excitement of the live event is transmitted through the CD grooves. There’s a joie de vivre about “August” that makes for very enjoyable listening.” thejazzman.com November 2014
“ a stylish, satisfyingly varied debut – released not a moment too soon.”
Jazzwise December 2014

“Together they sound like a band with a long collective pedigree and a delight in playing together.”
Jazz Journal Nov 2014

“A master-class in empathetic playing with superb solos and a rhythm section of the highest calibre. Don't miss these virtuoso musicians when they come to town.”
Phil Webb, Restormel Arts, South Cornwall

"In a Jazz age with an abundance of technical excellence – and ARQ have it in great quantity – we look for something else as well. ARQ bring to the stage a musical bond that is expressed in such fun and joyful moments that it is a pleasure to be in the room with them. Jazz of the highest quality."
Phil Rose, Birmingham Jazz

“Genuine, creative music from an extremely warm and highly skilled collective of musicians. They gave our audience a dynamic, thoughtful and groove filled night.”
Roz Harding, ‘A Message From…’, Exeter

“Exuberant, effusive, smile-forming. The band members delighted in being in each others company and let us in by inviting us, the (genuinely) packed house, to reciprocate their warmth and spirit of generosity. ARQ made the audience feel they were in a club rather than a concert.”
Gary Bayley, Exeter Barnfield Theatre

“Everyone was blown away – and dancing at a jazz gig…”!
John Riddell, Nottingham Jazztrane

ARQ, led by bass player Alison Rayner, play “deliciously upbeat, groovy and thoughtful jazz” (Jazz UK Nov 2014). They released their first album August to critical acclaim in 2014 and are now touring nationally.

Alison Rayner has had a lengthy career as a bass-player and composer, touring and recording with Afro-Latin group the Guest Stars in the 80s and then working with players such as Tal Farlow, Sharon Freeman, Jayne Cortez and Denardo Coleman, Bobby Wellins, Ian Shaw, Jean Toussaint and John Etheridge. Now, as a leader, she ties together many of the strands of her numerous musical influences.

Alison is supported by pianist Steve Lo...

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Past Gigs ARQ Alison Rayner Quintet

  • 10 | 2016 St Ives, Cornwall, England St Ives Jazz Club
  • 10 | 2016 Appledore, Devon, England North Devon Jazz Club
  • 10 | 2016 Ashburton, Devon, England Ashburton Live
  • 10 | 2016 Nottingham, England Jazztrane
  • 03 | 2016 Northants, England Northants Contemporary Jazz
  • 10 | 2015 Cambridge, England Cambridge Modern Jazz Club
  • 07 | 2015 London Vortex Jazz Club
  • 07 | 2015 Swanage, England Swanage Jazz Festival
  • 07 | 2015 Oxford, England The Spin Jazz CLub
  • 05 | 2015 Derby, England Derby Jazz Club
  • 04 | 2015 Birmingham, England Birmingham Jazz Club

Discography ARQ Alison Rayner Quintet

  • 2014 August Album | Blow the Fuse Records

Media

  • Video ARQ - Alison Rayner Quintet
  • Sound String Theory (excerpt)
  • Sound Dig Over (excerpt)
  • Sound Vejer De La Frontera (excerpt)
  • Sound Queer Bird (excerpt)

Origin

  • London GB

Founded

  • 2012

Members

  • Alison Rayner bass and compositions
  • Buster Birch drums
  • Deirdre Cartwright guitar
  • Diane McLoughlin saxophones
  • Steve Lodder piano