Peter Cincotti

Peter Cincotti

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by Peter Cincotti
     
 

Where exactly did Peter Cincotti channel his talent from? All of 18 years old when he recorded his debut disc, this prodigiously gifted vocalist and pianist has a way with standards and jazz instrumentals that, to say the very least, belies his age. Not that this wunderkind is working some tired retro-trip. This recording cannily mixes tried-and-true tunes (“Ain’t…  See more details below

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Where exactly did Peter Cincotti channel his talent from? All of 18 years old when he recorded his debut disc, this prodigiously gifted vocalist and pianist has a way with standards and jazz instrumentals that, to say the very least, belies his age. Not that this wunderkind is working some tired retro-trip. This recording cannily mixes tried-and-true tunes (“Ain’t Misbehaving,” “Comes Love,” “You Stepped Out of a Dream”) with offbeat choices (“Sway,” popularized by Dean Martin, “The Rainbow Connection” from Sesame Street); contemporary classics (“The Fool on the Hill,” “Spinning Wheel,” “Come Live Your Life with Me,” the theme from The Godfather); and even some skillful originals (“I Changed the Rules,” “Lovers, Secrets, and Lies”). The result presents a well-rounded musical personality with the potential to scale even greater heights. If Frank Sinatra remains Cincotti’s vocal model, and Erroll Garner his primary pianistic influence, the youthful performer has found enchanting ways of building on these mighty foundations. In other words, keep your eyes and ears on Cincotti, he’s got a quite a future in front of him.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Inevitably, on his debut album, Peter Cincotti is still in the phenomenon stage of his career. The wonder is that a 19-year-old can play jazz piano and sing at such a professional level, and the issue of how distinctively he does it is one largely to be tabled for the present. Even so, the charm of his work lies in its stylistic openness, which might not be expected of a jazz performer who is older. Cincotti makes no distinction between the kind of pop songs adopted for jazz interpretation in the past and more contemporary pop songs that have not been much used for such treatment. In his liner notes, he says he's always wondered what Blood, Sweat & Tears' hit "Spinning Wheel" would sound like as an instrumental played by Erroll Garner, and so he tries to do it that way, and the answer is it doesn't sound bad at all. Mixing the Beatles' "Fool on the Hill" with Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy" may not have been his idea, but it is typical of the eclectic approach he takes to music, and it works. And then there's the closing track, "Rainbow Connection," a Muppets theme that winks good-naturedly at Cincotti's youth. His originals are not particularly impressive, and the acknowledged influence of his mentor, Harry Connick, Jr., is obvious, especially vocally, but Cincotti, supported by a good rhythm section (David Finck, bass, and Kenny Washington, drums) and the tenor saxophone of Scott Kreitzer on three tracks, is a promising pianist with a good feel for ensemble playing, and that may assure him a career even after the crowds attracted by his prodigy status and publicity machine subside.
Billboard
Cincotti may well be on the cusp of Krall-like stardom.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2003
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431215929
catalogNumber:
2159
Rank:
132905

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Peter Cincotti 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter Cincotti¿s self-titled debut is a wonderful album, filled with a charming elegance that seamlessly blends Peter¿s background in jazz and classical piano with a fresh new soul. After wowing people at the Algonquin Hotel¿s famed Oak Room, Peter has been attracting listeners and receiving acclaim from fans and critics alike, and this album showcases the extent of his musical abilities as a pop-jazz vocalist, pianist, and composer. ¿I Changed The Rules¿ is the opener for this record, and captures his unbridled musical talents with a youthful Sinatra-like voice. It also presents his rendition of the Beatles¿ ¿Fool on the Hill,¿ which segues beautifully into Nat King Cole¿s ¿Nature Boy.¿ This album is an attractive demonstration of this talented, young jazz vocalist, and is definitely not one to be missed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was quite impressed with this album. I highly recommend this CD to any jazz, Frank Sinatra, or Harry Connick Jr. lover. I'm 17 and an aspiring Jazz and Classical musician, and I loved it. It has a mix of relaxed songs and more up-beat tunes, that makes for just the right balance. For just a 19 year old he has such an amazing, powerful, and moving voice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I grew up in a family of music. My mother was amoung the first all girl jazz bands in Iowa. She sang and played the stand up bass. I too had a very strong feeling when I heard Harry Connick Jr. I knew he was wonderful and would be great. I have that same feeling about Peter. His sound,his style, and his look are perfection. I only have one concern. I looked at Peter's concert schedule and Iowa is not on it! When can we get him here?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't had the opportunity to listen to Cincotti's CD. I have listened to the samples online, and that is more than enough to me to consider, not only buying the CD but also emphazising the wonderful talent Peter has. I am so glad that young musicians like Peter Cincotti keep this beautiful music alive. Not doubt Peter is going to make it very big. Cheers to his talent. Keep it up!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter Cincotti's debut album is a delightful mix of jazz, piano, song, and spirit. He has a wonderful voice, and the tunes are so fresh and original.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a young fan of jazz, I was happily suprised to find out about Peter Cincotti. After listening to his c.d., I was amazed with his talent! He has such a soothing voice and excellent piano skills. 'Are You the One' is my favorite in the c.d. To top it off, I went to see him live on Nov. 29 and he simply blew me away! He is even better live, and if you have a chance to see him in concert I would highly recommend it! The future holds endless possibilities for this young man, and in my personal opinion 'Peter Cincotti' is going to be a name to be remembered in jazz history. Go out and buy the c.d. you will not regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cincotti's playing, while technically advanced, sounds to me like one of a million kids I've heard come out of jazz factories like Berklee. Everyone does that whole lag behind the beat thing, trying to sound like Vince Guaraldi and man is it played out. It sounds too calculated, not visceral or spontaneous. Although his love for the music seems real enough, there is a saccharin, almost false quality to the whole thing. This is not the sound of someone who understands the art through real experience, rather someone who was sponsored from an early age by parents to become some sort of star. He is young though, so it'll be interesting to see where his sound evolves to. It takes years to develop one's own voice, right now he's trying on others' voices, namely Harry Connick Jr. Like I said, far be it from me to question his passion for the music, I'm sure it's real. We'll have to wait and see if he becomes anything real.