Youth and greatness: A new force in lounge jazz
December 28, 2003
Put recent connotations of destiny aside. This child has musical gifts that cannot be denied, even by critics residing on the outermost fringes of pop culture.Peter Cincotti, 20 years old, released his first album – self-titled – less than a year ago, and has enjoyed time at No. 1 on Billboard Magazine’s Jazz and Heatseekers charts. The album kicks off with a tune of Cincotti’s own, and glides through a series of interpretations of classic tunes – from Fats Waller to John Lennon.”I just try to listen to as much music as I can,” said Cincotti. “The more I listen to music, the more it blends together. I’m interested in all of it.”Cincotti lists Waller, Nat King Cole, Billy Joel, Miles Davis and Stevie Wonder among his many influences.”I compare myself to Peter Cincotti,” said Cincotti. “I have so many different influences.”Monday marks Cincotti’s first appearance in Beaver Creek. His tour has taken him many places so far.”I haven’t spent much time in one place lately,” said Cincotti. “Before (the album’s release), I played many different jazz clubs in New York. All of this traveling has been quite an education.”Cincotti is currently working on his second album, upon which he will write more of the music and takes a stab at his own lyrics.”I can’t wait to make my next record,” said Cincotti. “It will represent the changes I’ve gone through in the past year. The way I play keeps evolving. And, it’s that type of evolution that I’m interested in maintaining.”Expression is the key to evolution. That’s why I’m doing what I’m doing; it’s just an outlet like anything in the creative realm. This is the way I’ve chosen to express myself. I’m constantly learning the musical language. Every day I’m learning new words and ways to speak.”Also among Cincotti’s current project is his Hollywood debut. He is working on a film called “Beyond the Sea,” directed by and starring Kevin Spacey.Spacey plays Bobby Darin and Cincotti plays his best friend and musical arranger.”It’s a lot of fun. What’s cool about it is that it’s very much a musical experience in addition to the acting,” said Cincotti. “It was the musical quality of the film that drove me to it. Another special thing was that I was able to record in Abbey Road Studio.”Cincotti’s piano and vocals will be joined by Barak Mori on bass, Rodney Green on drums and Scott Kreitzer on tenor saxophone.”As long as what I’m doing is something I love musically, then I don’t care if it’s a concert hall or in front of a film camera,” said Cincotti.AT A GLANCEComing up at VilarWhat: Miro Quartet – Chamber MusicWhen: Today, 7:30 p.m.Where: Vilar Center, Beaver CreekWhat: Smythe & Saucier “Circo Comedia” – Family CircusWhen: Tuesday, 1 p.m.Where: Vilar Center, Beaver CreekWhat: Peter CincottiWhen: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.Where: Vilar Center, Beaver CreekAndrew Harley can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 610, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.