Peter Cincotti – piano, vocals
David Finck – bass
Kenny Washington – drums
Scott Kreitzer – tenor sax 2, 5 &11
If you have never heard of Peter Cincotti,
trust me, you will! He has a phenomenal talent or I should say
multi-phenomenal talents, singer, pianist, composer, and arranger.
No one could possibly deserve to be so able at 19 years of age,
he is one of those amazingly talented people who seem to appear
once in a decade, sometimes less often. At this young age he
has absorbed so much of the jazz talent that has gone before,
shades of Nat Cole, Errol Garner and many others can be heard
in his piano playing. He is backed by David Finck a monster
bass player and Kenny Washington an excellent drummer. There
is also some very fine tenor sax playing from Scott Kreitzer
on some of the tracks.
I was amazed when Diana Krall arrived on the
scene, a very talented singer and pianist and now here is an
equally good male version! I start to feel better about the
future of our great music when I hear both of them. I was beginning
despair that the so-called contemporary music brigade had hijacked
the music and that jazz would just disappear in years to come.
Not whilst there’s outstanding talent like this it won’t.
This is also a first album for Peter and it
is hard to believe that because he is already the complete article,
when he sings a standard there is no attempt by him to copy
the original artist everything is given his own fresh treatment.
At the start of Ain’t Misbehavin’ he sings with just the superb
bass of David Frinck whose bass has the warmest sound of anybody
currently on the scene. All of the tracks swing like mad and
Peter’s piano playing is just as brilliant as his singing. This
young man will be one of the greatest jazz entertainers of all
time and as so many of the previous generation have passed on,
he was badly needed. If you have any doubts about his qualifications
listen to Sal’s Blues.
Credit must be given to producer Phil Ramone
who has worked with many great artists; he has used all his
experience here to make sure that Peter Cincotti gets the showpiece
his amazing talents richly deserve.
This record is a must, buy it, the maturity
already inherent in this young man just has to be heard and
the record is just full of good things, each track is a really
enjoyable listening experience.