Pedro Aznar is a best-selling Argentine singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is a musical polymath equally versed in rock, jazz, and folk, and is also a published poet. A seminal part of the Argentinian rock scene during the 1970s and '80s, he gradually succeeded in transforming his sound to embrace different genres and became a successful jazz singer, saxophonist, and second guitarist in the Pat Metheny Group for three albums. In addition, Aznar is also an esteemed soundtrack composer, a first choice for many directors across Latin America…
Contemplación es el segundo álbum de estudio del músico argentino Pedro Aznar (1959-), grabado en 1985 mientras tocaba en el grupo estadounidense Pat Metheny Group.
Argentinean vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Pedro Aznar displays incredible talent and versatility on his self-titled debut album. In fact, among the songs contained on the album are a synthesized bop tune ("New Wave Bop"), an Ivan Lins' song ("Septiembre"), Maurice Ravel's "Pavanna Para Una Infanta Difunta," Miles Davis's "Nefertiti," and an amazing note-for-note rendition of "Because" by the Beatles (actually, Aznar's version is slightly slower when played side by side with the original). He also has a tribute to Pat Metheny, appropriately entitled "Pat Meth." After hearing this album, Metheny asked him to join the Pat Metheny Group. Some of the synthesizers now sound dated, but there is no denying the considerable talents of Pedro Aznar after listening to this impressive debut.
French composer Marin Marais (1656-1728) was remarkably prolific, writing nearly 600 compositions for viola da gamba, as well as many operas. One of his major collections of music for the gamba is Suitte d'un Gôut Etranger, a collection of 33 short works written, according to the composer, "to stretch the skill of those who do not like easy pieces." Jordi Savall, the most acclaimed gamba player of the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries, who is responsible for bringing many of Marais' works to light, plays with extraordinary virtuosity and expressiveness.