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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.

Customer Reviews


Peter Cincotti is,as put, "Outstanding!". Peter has an amazing jazz voice among single vocalists. I think that he will be very popular and inspirational among other small vocalists, jazz and others. I've never herd a better version of "Rainbow Connection" than his; other than Cermit the Frog's version. Jk!

*Big talent*

Peter Cincotti is poised to be a big presence in the jazz world in the coming years. The influence from Harry Connick Jr is apparant, without copying his style. His first album is a great start to his career, boasting fresh remakes of classic standards. His rendition of You Stepped out of a Dream was what led me to him in the first place. It showcases his unique talent for improvisation, as does Spinning Wheel and I Changed the Rules. The arrangements of all the songs are different from anything I've ever heard before. However, what is the most compelling about his music is the obvious level of sophistication. Even though this first album is a little on the safe side, its amazing to consider that he was 19 or 20 when he recorded the album. There is not by any means a public presence of young musicians in the jazz scene anymore (with the exception of Jamie Cullum who tends to go on the more popular route), which gets to be tiresome for a young adult whose only option is listening to older or deceased gentleman! It also doesn't hurt that he is very nice to look at. So please buy this album and support Peter, and look into his sophomore album On the Moon as well.


This is a great album! I love it and listen to it over and over again dancing along in my room! Very creative and it doesn't hurt that he is pretty darn good lookin!


Born: July 11, 1983 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter Peter Cincotti is a jazz-influenced pianist and vocalist with a bent toward adult alternative pop and '70s-influenced rock. Cincotti displayed a talent for music after being given a toy piano by his grandmother at age three, and when he was four, he began taking piano lessons. At seven, he attracted the attention of Harry Connick, Jr., who had him sit in at a show at Bally's Grand in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He studied classical piano at the Manhattan School of Music and jazz...
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