A very worthwhile debut album from one of the hottest young jazz talents out there, Peter Cincotti will please a wide-ranging jazz audience. The album contains a good mix of new and old styles, some virtuoso playing backed up by an excellent band, and a couple of really catchy tunes, particularly tracks 3 and 4. The production is smooth and classy, well done Phil Ramone.
This guy can only get better and better, being still very young, precociously so for such a talent. Having seen him at Montreux this summer, his live performances are also promising and his piano-playing blew the audience away.
Two slight negatives – a tendency to get a bit crooner-y from time to time, not my style; and a voice that can be a little reedy. I hope time will affect his vochal chords, and give his voice a little more substance and individuality. But his music is a breath of fresh air in the world of jazz.