Peruvian singer Gianmarco has released a new album entitled "Versiones" recorded with a "big band" sound and on which he performs songs written by great composers in different styles and from different musical epochs.

"For a while I've wanted to do an album that said different things. It's a tribute to my parents and also a musical challenge because I reinterpret such classic numbers as 'Capullito de alheli,'" the singer told Efe in discussing the album produced by Arturo Sandoval.

The Peruvian singer - the son of an actress and a musician - also includes well-known numbers like "Almohada," "La flor de la canela" and "Corcovado" on the album, all of them performed in his particular style and which have long been part of his musical repertoire.

Gianmarco said that the memory of his father, Javier Aignago, a musician also known as Joe Danova, is very much a part of the album, especially in the song "Come fly with me."

"My dad was a great Frank Sinatra fanatic and he had incredible stories of having known the 'Rat Pack' (Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop). I learned a big part of the 'big band' music through him. It was a double challenge: to honor my father and sing in English," the 42-year-old singer-songwriter said.

The album was recorded in Los Angeles last February and March and is available in the United States via iTunes. EFE