East of Angel Town [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Peter Cincotti's 2009 release East of Angel Town is the vocalist/pianist's first album since his 2004 sophomore effort, On the Moon. That album found the onetime neo-crooner moving from jazz standards to more contemporary pop-oriented original material. East of Angel Town finds Cincotti having fully made the crossover move, and fittingly the album features production by crossover Svengali David Foster as well as Humberto Gatica and Jochem van der Saag. Foster has helmed similar efforts from such genre-bending artists as vocalists Josh Groban and Michael Bublé. That said, neither of those artists has ever gone quite as far toward the pop
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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Peter Cincotti's 2009 release East of Angel Town is the vocalist/pianist's first album since his 2004 sophomore effort, On the Moon. That album found the onetime neo-crooner moving from jazz standards to more contemporary pop-oriented original material. East of Angel Town finds Cincotti having fully made the crossover move, and fittingly the album features production by crossover Svengali David Foster as well as Humberto Gatica and Jochem van der Saag. Foster has helmed similar efforts from such genre-bending artists as vocalists Josh Groban and Michael Bublé. That said, neither of those artists has ever gone quite as far toward the pop
ock vein as Cincotti does here. Still displaying a knack for jazz and blues-inflected melodies, Cincotti nevertheless dives headlong into the rock world. Tracks such as the sharp-tongued and urbane leadoff title track, with its hard-edged guitar backgrounds and lyrics detailing the superficial lives of N.Y.C. scenesters, bring to mind the theatrical '70s singer/songwriter pop of both Rupert Holmes and Steely Dan. In fact, Steely Dan seem to be the biggest touchstone for Cincotti here. Which isn't to say he rips off them off -- on the contrary, as the production on Angel Town is so thoroughly modern, you'd never mistake it for classic Steely Dan. Nonetheless, Cincotti's mix of jazz, blues, and crisply drawn singer/songwriter lyrics clearly draws much inspiration from Steely Dan and other eclectic artists of the '70s and '80s, including Elton John and Billy Joel. Keeping in that tradition, it's not just the rockers, but primarily Cincotti's ballads that really stick in your ears, with both "Lay Your Body Down (Goodbye Philadelphia)" and "Cinderella Beautiful" delivering a warm, melancholy afterglow vibe. Similarly, "Man on a Mission" is a perfect soft rock ballad. Taken as a whole, East of Angel Town is a somewhat sprawling and stylistically varied pop album that finds Cincotti meandering all over the creative map. However, in the world of crossover singer/songwriter pop that's actually kind of the goal, and in that sense Cincotti is right on course. [This edition includes the bonus tracks "Love Is Gone" and "Come Tomorrow."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2009
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • UPC: 093624988991
  • Catalog Number: 402108
  • Sales rank: 93,897

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Cincotti Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Vocals, fender rhodes
Scott Kreitzer Saxophone
Nathan East Bass
Michael Landau Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar
Tim Pierce Acoustic Guitar
Barak Mori Bass
Obed Calvaire Drums
Jochem van der Saag Synthesizer, Background Vocals, Wurlitzer
Technical Credits
Jeremy Lubbock String Arrangements
John Bettis Composer
Humberto Gatica Producer, Engineer
Roy Hendrickson Engineer
Rob Mathes String Arrangements
Alejandro Rodriguez Engineer, Digital Editing
Geoff Foster Engineer
Julian Peploe Art Direction
Chris Brooke Engineer
Peter Cincotti Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jorge Vivo Engineer, Digital Editing
Cristián Robles Engineer
Jochem van der Saag Programming, Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing, Mastering, Sound Design
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Peter does it again

    I love Peter Cincotti! He has a fresh voice and original ideas that come through in every album and performance and this one is no exception.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Cincotti offers top effort

    Peter Cincottis, east of angel town is a very good cd, 15 tracks make up this cd, and I found 9 of them to be great and the others listenable. Cincotti rocks up the jazz sound he normally permeates. Tracks such as Angel Town jump livly off the album and take you for a merry run through the L.A.nightlife of imposters. Cincotti and his band make this an ever entertaining album and one that any rock/jazz fan should add to their collection, filled with great piano riffs and acompaning horns and a driving drum back beat there is not a single thing wrong with this album.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    New, Original Material

    Cincotti's first, full foray into recording original material is a strong effort. Many of the songs have a solid message, if somewhat repetitive throughout the album. For fans of Cincotti's previous albums, which included several renditions of standard material, this may be somewhat of a disappointment; however, in an attempt to reach new fans, Cincotti's effort is strong.

    Although his strength seems to reside in ballads, Cincotti makes several attempts to "move the crowd" with up-tempo pieces; however, his "meat and potato" pieces are represented as well... as with the powerful "Lay Your Body Down (Goodbye, Philadelphia)".

    Ideally, on Cincotti's next full-album effort, he'll include a well-balanced mix of standards (perhaps from the catalogs of such artists as Johnny Hartman, Chet Baker, etc.) as well as original songs of his own.

    Still, for his first full album of original material, Peter Cincotti has again provided a pleasant album for music lovers to enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!!!

    After seeing Peter Cincotti on The View, I looked him up and sampled a few songs. I was intrigued by all of them so I bought the album. AMAZING!!! Each song has an almost cinematic narrative. He's a great storyteller. And the music and piano-playing -- wow! It mixes a bunch of different musical styles -- pop, rock, jazz, funk. There are ballads and more uptempo songs. There's an instrumental in the middle of Witch's Brew that blew me away. I LOVE this album. I can't stop listening to it. I hope more people discover it.

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