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Jazz, Contemporary
Blow The Fuse Records
November 18, 2016

Format: Compact Disc



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The album 'A Magic Life' was recorded in London during the summer of 2016. It's bursting with melodic and harmonic references from classical, roots and folk musics. Rayner cites both Charlie Haden and Eberhard Weber as influences - but there is always a strong sense of Rayner's musical personality evident in the poignant folk-inspired melodies, rootsy grooves and improvisational invention.

In ARQ, Alison Rayner has gathered a group of fine musicians who sympathetically support her music: Steve Lodder (piano), Deirdre Cartwright (guitar), Diane McLoughlin (saxophones) and Buster Birch (drums). The group's imaginative and assured playing are superbly suited to Rayner's compositions and reflect a confidence inspired by working intensively together, touring her first album 'August'.

Press Quotes for 'August':

"The recent album August shows her to be a superb composer...a perfect showcase of Rayner's diverse talents" - Jazz UK

"Together they sound like a band with a long collective pedigree and a delight in playing together." - Jazz Journal

Press Quotes

"(4 stars) Purposeful, full-toned and melodic - those are the qualities of Alison Rayner's music...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 Observer

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Key Value
Catalogue number BTF1613CD
Barcode 5020883334127
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 70g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 8mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. A Magic Life 05:25
2. Musicophilia 06:25
3. The Trunk Call 06:03
4. Mayday 03:55
5. New Day 08:43
6. Swanage Bay 07:07
7. The OK Chorale 09:30
8. Friday's Child 03:04