label: Concord Records
our score: 3.0 out of 5.0
Jones's sweep of the last Grammy Awards, one would have expected
a barrage of "next Norah Joneses" to hit the market.
Thankfully, this was not the case - or if it was, it sure hasn't
gone over all that well, since I couldn't name one. Then again,
when I first heard of Peter Cincotti - a young crooner and pianist
who, at age 19, recorded his first record for Concord Records,
I thought to myself "oh boy, here it comes... the male Norah
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Not that there
would be anything wrong with that, mind you. I adored Norah's
debut as much as anyone else, and would gladly welcome others
of her calibre with open arms. Peter Cincotti, however, is not
the male Norah Jones - and there's nothing wrong with that either.
In fact, there's
relatively little wrong with Cincotti's debut. Rather, most of
what's here is utterly right: stupendous piano chops, a vocal
delivery reminiscient of Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick Jr.,
a fresh interpretation of jazz standards, and dashedly good looks
(or so I've been informed time and time again).
But what's perhaps most exciting
about Cincotti's debut is the fact that he recorded it at only
19 years of age. Now I'm not going to harp on the fact that he
could be considered a prodigy (although he is); rather
the exciting part of Cincotti having recorded this at such a young
age is the enormous potential he exhibits for his future releases.
Far from perfect, on his debut recording Cincotti shines his brightest
when his mouth is shut; this kid can play. As for the
vocals... well you can tell he was only 19.
Likewise, Cincotti's originals also
lack the polish of the wonderful standards he's chosen here (his
kitschy cover of Blood, Sweat & Tears' "Spinning Wheel"
aside). With vocals written by his dear mother and the arrangements
done by Cincotti himself, the album's opener "I Changed the
Rules" doubles as its weakest link. Yet, there are times
in his rendition of "Comes Love" where hints at future
brilliance peek through: "Comes a headache / You can lose
it in a a day / Comes a toothache / See your dentist right away
/ comes love / nothing can be done."
What makes this reviewer most excited,
as I mentioned earlier, is the tremendous untapped potential Cincotti
still has within him. Having recently taken in a performance of
his at Milwaukee's Pabst Theatre, I can't stress enough how absolutely
marvelous an artist and performer this young man is. Consider
his self-titled debut a small taste of what's to come - because
of Cincotti can tap even a small portion of his live performance
on his next studio recording, he'll be the one accepting
07-Oct-2003 9:45 PM
liked Peter Cincotti...
I Changed The Rules
2. Comes Love
3. Are You The One?
5. Miss Brown
6. Lovers, Secrets, Lies
7. Fool On the Hill / Nature Boy
8. Ain't Misbehavin'
9. Come Live Your Life With Me
10. Spinning Wheel
11. You Stepped Out of A Dream
12. Rainbow Connection