Alison Rayner Quintet Alison Rayner Quintet Abergavenny's wall2wall Jazz festival welcomes bass player Alison Rayner's quintet (ARQ) for an arfternoon of creative jazz. Phil Rose of Birmingham Jazz wrote ‘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.’ ARQ have received wide acclaim for their second album ‘A Magic Life’, which is bursting with melodic and harmonic references from jazz classical and folk music. Rhythmic grooves and great solos abound. The Quintet have built a substantial and wide-ranging audience, receiving both national and international radio play and 4 and 5 star reviews in jazz and national press. Its recent 35-date ‘A Magic Life’ UK tour concluded with a sell-out night at the Soho Pizza Express Jazz Club. ABOUT THE PERFORMER ARQ is a vital and creative jazz quintet led by bass player Alison Rayner. She has brought together a great group of musicians who sympathetically support her music – with Steve Lodder (piano), Deidre Cartwright (guitar), Diane McLoughlin (saxophones) and Buster Birch (drums). Described by the Guardian as ‘spirited, eloquent and graceful‘ and by the Observer as ‘a beautifully integrated band‘, ARQ’s music is inventive, vibrantly colourful and unfailingly melodic – possessed of a strong sense of narrative and cinermatic quality. Its composition of richly nuanced compositions – frequently inspired by personal experience – with folk-infused grooves, skilful musicianship and love of improvisation, creates a compelling and coherent whole.