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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby






    1. I Changed the Rules
    2. Comes Love
    3. Are You the One?
    4. Sway
    5. Miss Brown
    6. Lovers, Secrets, Lies
    7. Fool On the Hill/Nature Boy
    8. Ain’t Misbehavin’
    9. Come Live Life With Me
    10. Spinning Wheel
    11. You Stepped Out of a Dream
    12. Rainbow Connection
    13. Sal’s Blues

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.

Don Mather


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