Alison Rayner is a musician and composer who played bass guitar for the legendary feminist jazz funk band Jam Today in the 1970s, the all-women group The Guest Stars in the 80s and currently runs Blow the Fuse Jazz Club, composes for her own group ARQ and plays double bass and bass guitar on the London jazz scene.
Purposeful, full-toned and melodic – those are the qualities of Alison Rayner’s music, in her roles as both bass player and composer. Jazz today takes so many forms, and incorporates so many diverse influences, that it takes a strong musical voice, such as Rayner’s, to stand out clearly amid the surrounding din. She has a beautifully integrated band too. The whole thing has that loose feeling which is the mark of musicians who have been working together for some time. The bright, fibrous sound of Diane McLoughlin’s soprano saxophone is a particular delight, and the wild guitar and piano interplay between Deirdre Cartwright and Steve Lodder in Mayday is one of the set’s many highlights. The Guardian
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