Christina McMaster: Pinks & Blues | McMaster Records MCMCD1501

Christina McMaster: Pinks & Blues


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Label: McMaster Records

Cat No: MCMCD1501

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 20th November 2015



Jay Phelps (trumpet)
Sami Tammilehto (percussion)
Mark Lewandowski (double bass)
Christina McMaster (piano)


Jay Phelps (trumpet)
Sami Tammilehto (percussion)
Mark Lewandowski (double bass)
Christina McMaster (piano)


Christina McMaster is on a mission: the bold, vivacious pianist has formed McMaster Records to release her innovative debut album - 'Pinks & Blues' - a compelling mix of contemporary classical, jazz and blues.

'Pinks & Blues' is a ground- breaking fusion of music, art and fashion, a testament to this remarkable musician's vision, energy and drive. Following previous collaborations with London Fashion Week at venues including the Royal Opera House, Christina is now joining forces with graduates of Central Saint Martins, including photographer/film-maker Barney McCann (whose work has been displayed in the V&A's major Alexander McQueen exhibition).

'Pinks & Blues' seamlessly merges American sound worlds and those influenced by its industrialism, pioneering spirit and ambition; it propels the listener into a thrilling musical landscape from spirituals and south sounds to foot-stomping New York dances and smoky jazz club scenes.

Music by leading 20th-century composers Ligeti and Rzewski is deftly placed alongside Gershwin, Nina Simone and Bill Evans, and the pianist has also commissioned new works from exciting young British composers Richard Bullen and Freya Waley-Cohen. On two tracks Christina is joined by trumpter Jay Phelps, percussionist Sami Tammilehto and bassist Mark Lewandowski.

Track Listing:
1. Samuel Barber: Excursions Op.20 No.1
2. György Ligeti: Etude No.8 Fem (Metal)
3. Bill Evans: Peace Piece
4. György Ligeti: Etude No.5 Arc-En-Ciel (Rainbow)
5. Alasdair Nicolson: 42nd Street Stomp
6. Richard Bullen: Scenes From A Deserted Jazz Club
7. Frederic Rzewski: Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
8. Samuel Barber: Excursions Op.20 No.2
9. Oscar Peterson: Hallelujah Time
10. Nina Simone: Don't Smoke In Bed
11. Freya Waley-Cohen: Southern Leaves
12. George Gershwin: It Ain't Necessarily So
13. Stephan Montague: Songs Of Childhood
14. Stephan Montague: Southern Lament: Nobody Knows The Troubles I’ve Seen

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