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On the Moon

On the Moon

4.1 9
by Peter Cincotti
With his sophomore recording, On the Moon, Peter Cincotti removes any doubt that he’s a real contender for Harry Connick’s throne. Interpreting Great American Songbook classics, pop gems, and four memorable original songs, Cincotti belies his youth with an assured album that proves he’s no flash in the publicist’s pan. Whether he's tackling well-loved


With his sophomore recording, On the Moon, Peter Cincotti removes any doubt that he’s a real contender for Harry Connick’s throne. Interpreting Great American Songbook classics, pop gems, and four memorable original songs, Cincotti belies his youth with an assured album that proves he’s no flash in the publicist’s pan. Whether he's tackling well-loved chestnuts (“I Love Paris,” “Bali Ha’i,” “You Don’t Know Me,” and “St. Louis Blues”), Carole King tunes that were originally early-'60s hits for the Drifters (“Some Kind of Wonderful,” “Up on the Roof”), or the originals that display his growing confidence as a composer, Cincotti reveals his evident maturity and charm as a lightly swinging vocalist. And if that weren’t impressive enough, the concluding “Cherokee” acts as a fine showcase for his striking piano chops. Make no mistake about it -- Cincotti is here to stay.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Vocalist/pianist Peter Cincotti burst onto the jazz scene in 2003 as an 18-year-old wunderkind much in the same way that Harry Connick, Jr. positioned himself as an updated crooner with a debut album of enjoyable if predictable standards from various decades. Interestingly, Cincotti's follow-up, On the Moon, finds him exploring funk and soft rock balladry. Similar to his British contemporary Jamie Cullum, Cincotti seems intent here on mixing a radio-friendly melodic pop aesthetic with his jazz chops. In fact, the title track sounds a lot like Cullum's single "All at Sea," which is not to say that Cincotti is ripping anybody off. On the contrary, while there are touches of David Gates, Barry Manilow, and even Coldplay, it is hard to pinpoint any concrete influences for Cincotti's singer/songwriter style. While original songs are the focus this time around, there is also a bevy of inspired standard tunes. To these ends, he opens the album with a funky, hip-hop-influenced take on "St. Louis Blues," gives "Bali Ha'i" a bluesy Sting-influenced vibe, and turns "Up on the Roof" into a cinematic ballad. Adding to the lush atmosphere are full string arrangements and guest spots by such sought-after New York artists as keyboardist Sam Yahel, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and drummer Kenny Washington.

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Release Date:
Concord Records

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Cincotti   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
William Galison   Harmonica
Rob Mounsey   Conductor
Scott Kreitzer   Tenor Saxophone
Gary Smulyan   Trombone,Baritone Saxophone
Kenny Washington   Drums
Elena Barere   Concert Master
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Barry Danielian   Trumpet
Wycliffe Gordon   Trombone
Brad Leali   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Rob Mathes   Conductor
Jeff Mironov   Guitar
Sam Yahel   Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Mark McLean   Percussion,Drums
Barak Mori   Bass

Technical Credits

Eddy Arnold   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Rob Mounsey   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Ray Noble   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Andrew Lippa   Composer
Rob Mathes   String Arrangements
Dave O'Donnell   Engineer
Cole Porter   Composer
Phil Ramone   Producer,Audio Production
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Pete Karam   Engineer
Andrew Felluss   Engineer
Laurie Bird   Photo Production
Mark McLean   Arranger
Peter Cincotti   Arranger,Composer
Regine Thorre   grooming
Cynthia Cincotti   Art Direction
M. Hans Liebert   Engineer

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On the Moon 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rushed home with my autographed copy of this CD only to find that Cincotti sounds like a bad Harry Connick Jr. and sometimes like a really bad Billy Joel. Sorry, one star only.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is truly outstanding from start to finish. If you have not seen him live in concert, this is the next best thing! He is already a star, but it will be interesting to continue to see his popularity grow...An incredible voice, an exceptional pianist, a way of making music come to life in his own personal style and a stage presence that appears to be so humbled...this will be one of your favorite cd's of all time!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked his first CD. This one seems directionless. The singing is weak as is the playing. He finishes the CD with an instrumental version of 'Cherokee' that seems to have nothing to do with the rest of the recording which is dissapointing at best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is infectious. I can't stop listening to it. Peter Cincotti has a purity to his voice which is intoxicating. With his arrangements, original songs, and talented musicians, Peter Cincotti, his voice and his amazing piano playing takes us on a fantastic musical journey. I thoroughly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is one of my favorites - of all time. It's on repeat in my car right now! Peter has a way with words and the saxophone is so throaty and well placed. The original songs are actually my favorite, especially Up On the Roof. If nothing else, everyone should invest in this second CD and listen to some jazzy, hearfelt songs that are so hard to come by these days. PS. BETTER than Harry Connick, jr.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this Peter Cincotti CD ever since hearing his self-titled debut CD and this follow-up CD is just absolutely outstanding! It's an interesting and eclectic selection of tracks that should appeal to both jazz and pop fans alike. Mr. Cincotti's singing is smooth and warm and he is a master at phrasing. His artistry on jazz piano is some of the best I have ever heard with gorgeous chord structure and the unbelievable manner in which his fingers can fly over the keyboard. He gives each track his own individual treatment, ranging from the upbeat funky version of "St. Louis Blues" to the uplifting and rousing "Raise the Roof" which is just soooo cool. Quite a unique spin on his sensuous "Bali Ha'i" from the original version with harmonica accompaniment. He performs excellent renditions of a couple old favorites such as the sweet "Some Kind of wonderful"the smooth "I Love Paris", including a lovely offering of "You Don't Know Me" as a tribute to the late Ray Charles. The CD also includes four of his own compositions, among them the hauntingly beautiful "He's Watching", the lovelorn "On The Moon" and the wistful "I'd Rather Be With You", all of which were sung with much tender emotion. Then there's the erotic "The Girl For Me Tonight" with it's provocative lyrics. The last track is a mind-boggling fast-paced instrumental of the old standard "Cherokee" which races along at breakneck speed as he works his magic on his piano. If you love jazz, and pop ballads that are superbly modern, yet evoke the crooning genre of yesteryear, this CD is for you. You will not be disappointed. I guarantee it. S.M.Sitler
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter CIncotti's second CD is gorgeous from beginning to end. His new songs are very moving indeed. I was particularly pleased to hear that although the public is more drawn to singers than pianists, Peter has not let his excellent pianistic talents fall by the wayside. He ends his CD with an impressive piano solo in "Cherokee" which demonstrates that he is more than just a musical, talented songwriter and singer, but a first-rate pianist as well. I would highly recommend this CD to anyone who is looking for fresh new talent in the jazz-pop style.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never written a review before, but i picked up this cd, not really knowing too much about this artist. Well, let me tell you, I think I struck gold! There are so many good songs on this CD that I can't stop playing it. Peter's original songs are instant hits. I can't stop singing "On The Moon". I have now become an avid Peter Cincotti fan. Don't miss getting this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter Cincotti is a fanatastic singer. His CD is unbelievably awesome. I highly recomment it. Should be six stars.