If it’s Friday it must be Birmingham Jazz.
Alison Raynor brings her Quintet to the Red Lion this Friday, 24th April, for a set dominated by the influence of other bass players, principally: Stanley Clarke; Charlie Haden and Jaco Pastorius. ARQ are touring to promote their latest album August, reflecting the influence of Haden and co. The quintet also gives a first visit to Birmingham Jazz for Deirdre Cartwright the great and influential guitar player Steve Lodder makes a return after his storming contribution to the sell out Threeway gig in January.
ARQ play “deliciously upbeat, groovy and thoughtful jazz” (Jazz UK November 2014). They released their first album August in October 2014 to critical acclaim and was followed by a Jazz Services national tour.
Alison Rayner has had a lengthy career as a bass-player and composer. Now, as a leader, she ties together many of the strands of her numerous musical influences. A long-time Charlie Haden admirer as well as a Jaco fan, Alison Rayner plays acoustic bass exclusively here, and is supported by the eloquent Diane McLoughlin on saxophones, by Deirdre Cartwright’s soulful and crisply rhythmic guitar, pianist Steve Lodder’s fluid improvisations, and the propulsive drumming of Buster Birch.
Friday 24th April 2015
The Red Lion