This is Peter Cincotti's debut album, though his reputation—earned primarily while performing in Manhattan nightclubs—does precede him.

This is Peter Cincotti's debut album, though his reputation—earned primarily while performing in Manhattan nightclubs—does precede him. Still in his late teens, this pianist/vocalist will remind listeners of Harry Connick Jr., and, in fact, he is something of a Connick protégé. Cincotti is a throwback to the era of songwriters like Cole Porter and vocalists/pianists Nat King Cole. While he's a stylish singer, it is difficult to declare he's fully into his voice at 19. Few singers are. Cincotti is also an adept pianist and a budding songwriter (his mother collaborates with him, penning lyrics). To sample Cincotti at his best, try "Rainbow Connection" and "Sway." Early comparisons between Cincotti and Diana Krall fail to apprehend Krall's style and jazz temperament, though Cincotti may well be on the cusp of Krall-like stardom.—PVV