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.”
Cincotti learned how to play the instrument at the same age he learned how to walk and talk. It is 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, Cincotti spent 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 Cincotti’s debut album, which reached number one on the Billboard jazz charts, making eighteen-year old Cincotti the youngest artist ever to have achieved that.
Since then, Cincotti has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, from Carnegie Hall in New York to L’Olympia in Paris. He has also collaborated with artists ranging from Andrea Bocelli to David Guetta and has been featured in blockbuster films such as Spider-Man 2. He has even represented the global fashion brands Ermenegildo Zegna and Tod’s, and he recently appeared as himself in season 3 of Netflix’s hit series House of Cards, singing a duet with the president played by Kevin Spacey.
Along the way, Cincotti’s vibrant and socially aware songwriting caught the ear of sixteen-time GRAMMY winner David Foster, who produced Cincotti’s third album, East of Angel Town, yielding the song “Goodbye Philadelphia,” which became a smash hit overseas reaching the Top Ten on Pop Radio charts across Europe.
Cincotti’s experiences have shaped his music through the years, changing the layers of his sound and the dimensions of his style. Because of this, his fans await each new album like they are engrossed readers anxious to reach the next chapter of their favorite book. Cincotti has morphed genres and blended influences in a variety of ways, but his story currently unfolds over uncharted terrain on his new album, Long Way from Home.
One of the most promising singer-pianists of the next generation.
—New York Times