88 keys, a bench and a mic. Give those things to Peter Cincotti and he can take you anywhere.
Like a pilot in a cockpit, when Cincotti sits down at a piano it’s as if the world is at his fingertips. And this time, on his highly anticipated new album, he is indeed traveling a Long Way From Home.
“Never before have I used the piano in this way. A few years ago, I began having these visions of an album that brings active, rhythmic piano playing back into the landscape of modern music.”
Peter learned how to play the instrument at the same age he learned how to walk and talk. It’s as integral to him as the bare essential elements of life. “It wasn’t something that I ever thought about doing, it was just something I did,” he recalls. “And as I got older, I consciously walked the line of learning more, and learning too much. The minute it gets too cerebral, it’s over.”
A born and bred New Yorker of Italian descent, Cincottispent much of his childhood going to school during the day and playing clubs at night. Legendary music producer Phil Ramone was there one of those nights, a discovery that led Ramone to produce Peter’s debut album which reached #1 on the Billboard jazz charts, making 18-year old Cincotti the youngest artist ever to do so.