Alison Rayner has been a professional bass player and composer since the 1970s. She recorded and toured with jazz Latin group ‘The Guest Stars’ in the 80s, subsequently working with jazz players such as Tal Farlow, Sharon Freeman, Jayne Cortez and Denardo Coleman, Bobby Wellins, Ian Shaw, Jean Toussaint, John Etheridge and Dick Heckstall-Smith.
She formed her quintet ‘ARQ’ in 2012, releasing their debut CD ‘August’ in 2014. The band are now touring nationally with a second CD due for release in 2015. Her compositions are also featured on albums by ‘The Guest Stars’, the ‘Deirdre Cartwright Group’, ‘The Chris Hodgkins Trio/Quartet’ and ‘The Vortex Foundation Big Band’. She co-runs ‘Blow the Fuse’ Jazz Club and ‘Blow the Fuse Records’.
“With her big warm acoustic sound, faultless time, tuning and taste and creative solo ability, she clearly belongs in the front rank of contemporary bassists.”