Manu Lafer

Músico e Compositor

Buckskin

Buckskin

Manu Lafer – 2018

Buckskin, o nome do CD, era o apelido de infância de Bucky Pizzarelli, então com 91 anos, uma das maiores lendas e decano do jazz, especializado na guitarra americana de 7 cordas e dono de um estilo único na escola do instrumento, vinda de George Van Eps, e do swing jazz da guitarra de 6 cordas de Freddy Green e Charlie Christian. Bucky acompanhou de Benny Goodman, Julie London, Frank Sinatra a Paul McCartney, fazendo também apresentações teatrais dos espetáculos de Stephen Sondheim. Na televisão tocou nas atrações Johnny Carson e Skitch Henderson.
Gravou como músico de estúdio muitos hits do pop dos anos 60 e discos jazzísticos com os guitarristas George Barnes, Tal Farlow e Wes Montgomery, entre outros, antes de iniciar uma prolífica parceria fonográfica com o saxofonista Zoot Sims.
Produzido pelo baixista Martin Pizzarelli e coproduzido pelo guitarrista brasileiro Ricardo Baldacci (que também participa tocando e cantando), o álbum é uma homenagem e uma celebração à música e à alegria de tocar de Bucky, em torno de quem todos orbitam musicalmente nestes registros e sempre.
A banda do repertório de swing tem como base a bateria de Tony Tedesco, figura constante dos filmes de Woody Allen (assim como Bucky), o baixo acústico do produtor Martin e o piano de Larry Fuller, com a participação do virtuose do clarinete e saxofonista Ken Peplowski. Manu divide os vocais da maioria das faixas com Ed Laub, que se apresenta regularmente em duo com Bucky na guitarra de 7 cordas e é uma das vozes mais expressivas da atualidade, lembrando a de Arthur Prysock, além de ser autor do seminal CD Soft Guitar, homenagem a um grande conhecedor e amante da música brasileira, Kenny Rankin.
Martin e Bucky (que gravou em Terra Brasilis, de Tom Jobim) fazem leituras da bossa-jazz de Tom Jobim (Wave, Estrada Branca), com a bateria de Duduka da Fonseca, o violão de nylon de Marc Sganga e a participação de uma das maiores cantoras brasileiras, Maucha Adnet, que fez parte do conjunto vocal Céu da Boca e da Banda Nova de Tom Jobim, juntamente com Danilo Caymmi, parceiro mais assíduo de Manu.
No repertório instrumental, além de um medley de guitarra solo de Bucky (Easy to Remember e This Nearly Was Mine, ambas de Richard Rodgers), uma pérola de Bucky, Take Ten, solada por Ken Peplowski à moda dele e de Zoot Simms, e acompanhada pelo vocalise de Manu, além do violão do próprio Manu em sua Um Abraço nos Pizza, dedicada aos Pizarellis (gravada originalmente no CD Mané Mandou, com arranjo de metais de Lincoln Olivetti). Em Canto Casual, álbum de John Pizzarelli comemorativo dos 50 anos do LP de Sinatra e Tom, John Pizzarelli e Jessica Molaskey aproveitaram versos de Manu numa canção autoral, daí a oportunidade da homenagem.
No repertório americano, números frequentes do duo Bucky – Ed Laub (Bennies/Pennies From Heaven, Love Walked In), músicas menos gravadas (Caroline, de Randy Newman, Fishing Pole, em rara versão com a letra, além do assobio célebre na TV americana) e duas pérolas do genial Brian Gari (Yvette e Slow Moving Sam). Destaque para o trabalho do engenheiro de som Bill Moss, que dá linearidade e espontaneidade ao repertório, de um time e estilo musical abrangente e ambicioso do projeto, fazendo da audição um passeio para os ouvidos e corações.

Brian Gari/NYC – Fall 2017

A few years back I received an email from a person I had never heard of before. It was very complimentary of my music (as well as my uncle’s, Robert Clary.) The person lived in Brazil and at first I thought it was a joke. A fan from Brazil? Yes, I did do a Brazilian album several years ago (“Here I Come Brazil”), but I truly didn’t think very many people were paying attention. Well Manu Lafer was. He included a YouTube video link so I watched it. I was amazed by his talent. This guy was for real. It started a friendship that has resulted in several collaborations both live and on CD. The latest is what you are listening to right now.
“Yvette” is a song I wrote 40 years ago. It was always a staple in my act and I did record it on my Brazilian album. However, Manu’s version (with the help of extremely talented instrumentalists like Marc Sganga on guitar) is extremely authentic in its Brazilian jazz style. I have been a recent collector & admirer of the late Chet Baker & the trombone (courtesy of Bruce Bonvissuto) heard on this recording reminds me of Chet. The whole track is a wonderful homage to my hero, Joao Gilberto.
It doesn’t stop there. How wonderful to hear Ed Laub’s great vocals on a wacky song I wrote in the 70s called “Slow Movin’ Sam.” I never dreamed it would come out on an album like this!
The title of this album is called “Buckskin” for a reason…Bucky Pizzarelli is here playing his 7 string guitar on many tracks including his own composition “Take Ten.” I actually was on the bill with Bucky at a small jazz club called Soerabaja on New York’s upper east side when I was all of 20 years old. I think Bucky was leery of this upstart until he heard me play my classical guitar & saw I was quite serious about being a musician & not just a folkie who knew three chords.
One of my favorites on this album that I had never heard before was a parody of “Pennies From Heaven” called “Benny’s from Heaven” with a lyric by the late Eddie Jefferson. Sadly, he was murdered leaving a jazz club when he only 60 years old.
In trading songs with Manu over the last several years, I sent him a song called “Bossa Nova” written & performed by Kathe Green, a writer I met at a Jimmy Webb concert in 1971. We performed together for a while. She even introduced me to her father, the legendary Johnny (“Body & Soul”) Green. What a surprise when I found he & Maucha Adnet did such a beautiful job resurrecting the original by Kathe.
I was also pleased to see Manu chose two Jobim compositions; “Wave” and the more obscure “Estrada Branca,” which was also recorded by Kenny Rankin under its English title “This Happy Madness.”
Manu does do some digging into the obscure…I mean how many people have recorded a vocal version of the theme to The Andy Griffith Show (“Fishing Hole”)? Or a Doris Day 1947 tune by Mel Torme, Robert Wells (Yes, the guys who wrote “The Christmas Song…Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire”) entitled “Tacos, Enchiladas and Beans.”
It was also nice to see Randy Newman’s “Caroline” has been included with Larry Fuller honoring Randy’s piano arrangement. The song had been written specifically for Harry Nilsson when he did the Nilsson Sings Newman album in 1970. Nilsson did over 100 takes and 118 overdubs. I hope Manu didn’t have to work that hard!
Let’s not forget Manu’s own composition & guitar work that is so exquisite on “Um Abraço Nos Pizza.” How can he do it all?


Faixas

1. Take 10 (Bucky Pizzarelli)

Instrumental

Músicos:
Ken Peplowski – saxofone tenor
Manu Lafer – voz
Larry Fuller – piano
Martin Pizzarelli – contrabaixo
Tony Tedesco – bateria


2. Ain't She Sweet (Milton Ager, Jack Yellen)

Ain’t she sweet?
See her walking down that street
I ask you very confidentially
Ain’t she sweet?

Ain’t she nice?
Look her over once or twice
I ask you very confidentially
Ain’t she nice?

Just cast an eye
In her direction
Oh me! Oh my!
Ain’t that perfection?

Oh i repeat
Don’t you think that’s kind of neat?
I ask you very confidentially
Ain’t she sweet?

Músicos:
Ken Peplowski – clarinete
Ed Loub – voz
Manu Lafer – voz
Larry Fuller – piano
Martin Pizzarelli – contrabaixo
Bucky Pizzarelli – violão de 7 cordas
Tony Tedesco – bateria


3. Wave (Tom Jobim)

Vou te contar
Os olhos já não podem ver
Coisas que só o coração pode entender
Fundamental é mesmo o amor
É impossível ser feliz sozinho

O resto é mar
É tudo o que eu não sei contar
são coisas lindas que eu tenho pra te dar
Vem de mansinho a brisa e me diz
É impossível ser feliz sozinho

Da primeira vez era a cidade
da segunda o cais e a eternidade
Agora eu já sei
Da onda que se ergueu no mar
E das estrelas que esquecemos de contar
O amor se deixa surpreender
Enquanto a noite vem nos envolver

Músicos:
Maucha Adnet – voz
Manu Lafer – voz
Bucky Pizzarelli – violão de 7 cordas
Ed Loub – violão acústico
Marc Sganga – violão acústico
Martin Pizzarelli – contrabaixo
Duduka da Fonseca – bateria


4. Benny's From Heaven / Pennies From Heaven (A. Johnston, J. Burke, E. Jefferson)

A long time ago a second liutenant named Spears
Returned to the states after beingg away three years
His wife said welcome home, dear
And since you’ve been gone, you see,
We were blessed with a little baby
And a sweet little things is he

She took the baby in her arms
And said, Benny is his name
He said, i’ve been gone away for three years
Darling won’t you please explain
So i won’t seem so dumb
Tell me where did little Benny come from?

And every time he asked she’d say
Benny’s from heaven
His face got red
But she repeatedly said
Benny’s from heaven

He said i’ve asked the neighbors
That come around
But no one seems to remember Benny coming down
Well, he said, about a little thing like this
I ordinarily wouldn’t bother
But, darling, there is one thing i know about children,
I know they gotta have a father
So when i look at Benny i can plainly see
Benny’s gotta be from heaven
‘Cause he damn sure ain’t from me

Pennies From Heaven

Trade them for a package of
Sunshine and flowers
If you want the things you love
You must have showers

So when you hear it thunder
Don’t run under a tree
there’ll be Pennies from heaven
For you and me

Músicos:
Ed Loub – violão de 7 cordas e voz
Manu Lafer – voz
Bucky Pizzarelli – violão de 7 cordas
Larry Fuller – piano
Martin Pizzarelli – contrabaixo
Tony Tedesco – bateria


5. Fishing Hole (Earle Hagen, Herbert Spencer, Everett Sloane)

Well now, take down your fishing pole
And meet me at the fishing hole
We may not get a bite all day
But don’t you rush away

What a great place to rest your bones
And mighty fine for skipping stones
You’ll feel as a lemonade
A-setting in the shade

Whether it’s hot, Whether it’s cool,
Oh, What a spot for whistling like a fool

What a fine day to take a stroll
and wind up at the fishing hole
I can’t think of a better way
To pass the time of day

We’ll have no need to call the roll
When we get to the fishing hole
There’ll be you, me, and old dog trey
To doodle time away

If we don’t hook a perch or bass,
We’ll cool our toes in dewy grass
Or else pull up a weed to chaw
And maybe sit and jaw

Hanging around, taking our easy,
Watching thet hound a scratching at his fleas

I won’t take down your fishing hole
And meet me at the fishing hole
I can’t think of a better way
To pass the time of day

Músicos:
Manu Lafer – voz
Bucky Pizzarelli – violão de 7 cordas
Ken Peplowski – clarinete
Martin Pizzarelli – contrabaixo
Larry Fuller – piano
Tony Tedesco – bateria


6. Um Abraço nos Pizza (Manu Lafer)

Instrumental

Músicos:
Manu Lafer – violão acústico


7. Tacos, Enchiladas and Beans (Mel Torne, Robert Wells)

From the snow-capped mountains to the coral shores
You’re the only one my heart adores
You’ve only got three competitors
Tacos, enchiladas and beans

From the Mississippi to the Amazon
Ther’s not much we don’t agree upon
Wish we could get together on
Tacos, enchiladas and benas

Love them, dozens of them
I consume them by the score
And when i’m through, what do i do
I stamp and holler for more

you can have the fourth position on my list
Must admit your kisses would be missed
But how in the world could i exist
Without tacos, enchiladas and beans

Músicos:
Ed Loub – voz
Manu Lafer – voz
Larry Fuller – piano
Martin Pizzarelli – contrabaixo
Ricardo Baldacci – violão de 7 cordas
Tony Tedesco – bateria


8. Love Walked In (George and Ira Gershwin)

Nothing seemed to matter anymore
Didn’t care what i was headed for
Time was standing still
Nothing counted till
There came a knock-knock-knocking at your door

Love walked right in, and drove the shadows away
Love walked right in, and brought my sunniest day
One magic moment, and my heart seemed to know
That love said hello, through not a word was spoken

One look, and i’d forgot the gloom of the past
One look, and i had found my future at last
On look, and i had found a world completely new
When love walked in with you

Músicos:
Manu Lafer – voz
Bucky Pizzarelli – violão de 7 cordas
Larry Fuller – piano
Ed Loub – violão de 7 cordas e Voz
Martin Pizzarelli – contrabaixo
Tony Tedesco – bateria


9. Estrada Branca / This Happy Madness (Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Gene Lees)

Estrada branca, lua branca, noite alta, sua falta
Caminhando, caminhando, caminhando ao lado meu
Uma saudade, uma vontade tão doída de uma vida,
Vida que morreu

Estrada, passarada, noite clara
Meu caminho é tão sozinho, tão sozinho a percorrer
Que mesmo andando para frente
Olhando a lua tristemente
Quanto mais ando mais estou perto de você

Se em vez de noite fosse dia, e o sol brilhasse e a poesia
E em vez de eu ver só minha sombra nessa estrada
eu visse ao longo dessa estrada,
Uma outra sombra a me seguir

Mas a verdade é que a cidade ficou longe
Ficou longe na cidade, se deixou meu bem-querer
Eu vou seguindo tão sozinho
Vou caminhando meu caminho
Vou caminhando com vontade de morrer

What should i call
This happy madness that i feel inside of me?
Some kind of wild october gladness
That i through i’d never see

What has become of all my sedness,
All my endless lonely sighs?
Where are my sorrow now?

What happened to the frown?
And is that self contened clown
Standing there grinning in the mirror really me?

I’d like to run through central park
Carve your tree i pass for everyone to see

I feel that i’ve gone back to childhood
And i’m skipping through the wild wood,
So excited that i don’t know what to do

What do i care if i’m a juvenile?
I smile my secret little smile
Because i know the change in me is you

What should i call this happy madness
All this unexpected joy
That turned the world into a baby’s boucing toy?

The Gods are laughing far above
One of them gave a little shove
And i feel gaily, gladly madly into love

Músicos:
Manu Lafer – voz
Marc Sganga – violão acústico
Duduka da Fonseca – bateria
Ed Loub – violão acústico e Voz
Martin Pizzarelli – contrabaixo


10. Easy To Remember / This Nearly Was Mine (R. Rodger, L. Hart)(Rodger, Hammerstein II)

Instrumental

Músicos:
Manu Lafer – violão acústico


11. Yvette (Brian Gari)

Yvette
I’ll just disguise you in this song
‘Cause if anyone found out
You’d know they’d take it wrong
Oh, Yvette
You and i know who you are
But i won’t say your name
You’ll just hear my guitar
Oh, Yvette

Yvette
Seems to me just fits you right
But if you should forget,
I carved it out in white
Near your door

Where it hopes to stay for years
And no one else will know
Just where that name appears
Oh, Yvette, Yvette

Why did we wait until
My minutes were my last
And time could not stand still

Yvette
There will be other times for starts
There won’t be any need
To guess
what’s in our hearts
Oh, Yvette
Through i’ve travelled very far
I’ll leave you with this name
And this tune from my guitar
Oh, Yvette
Yvette

Músicos:
Manu Lafer – voz
Marc Sganga – violão acústico
Duduka da Fonseca – bateria
Bruce Bonvissutto – trombone
Martin Pizzarelli – contrabaixo


12. Slow Moving Sam (Briam Gari)

He was sittin at the bar of a fancy motel down and out and feelin low
When this girl came his way, he had nothin to say
And most of all had nothing to show

But he ordered her a drink and the same for himself
And he told her all about his career
Well she was bored to distraction, she just wanted some action
And she wasn’t gettin high from the beer

They call him: Slow movin Sam, Slow movin Sam
Well he just has to be sure that the lady ain’t pure
And he always calls a woman ma’m

Now she fin’lly got him upto her room off the stairs
On the chance that he would do his best
Well she removed all her clothes
Ev’ry stitch to her toes
But he stood there fully dressed

Because he is: Slow movin Sam, Slow movin Sam
Well he just has to be sure that the lady ain’t pure
And he always calls a woman ma’m

Now it got to the point where it wasn’t a joke
So she said we better call it a night
And as Sam headed home, he ran into Jerome
And he asked him why things never go right

He said you’re: Slow movin Sam, Slow movin Sam
You just have to be sure that the lady ain’t pure
And you always calls a woman ma’m

So he tried once again at the fancy motel
And remembered all of Jerry’s advice
He found a girl to disrobe with the patience of job
Now they’re at the church with plenty of rice

She calls him: slow movin Sam, slow movin Sam
So she’s pleased to announce that’s he’s slow where it counts
And he always calls a woman ma’m

Músicos:
Ed Loub – voz
Larry Fuller – piano
Tony Tedesco – bateria
Martin Pizzarelli – contrabaixo


13. My Cutey Is Due At Two To Two Today (Albert Von Tilzer, Leo Robin)

My cutey is due at two to two
She’s coming through on a big choo choo
She’s been away for a mounth, but i haven’t cheated once

Stayed home nights, didn’t date
I wasn’t taking any chance
Didn’t flirt (and you know that hurt), but i just couldn’t do my cutey dirt

Days were blue and nights were black,
But i just knew she’d come back
‘Cause i love her, she loves me, and say

Don’t think there is no santa claus
I know darn well there is because my cutey is due et two to two today

My cutey is due at two to two
She’s coming through on a DC2
I met each boeing jet, but she hasn’t shown up yet

Stayed home nights, at the pad
It was awfully lonesome, dad,
What i mean, a nothing scene
Just me and a TV screen

The price was right, most every night
And how those
westerns stars can fight
But now she’s coming, everything’s OK

My TV set is stayng dark
And if you don’t dig the last remark
My cutey is due at two to two today

I’m up to meet that big choo-choo
And i’m kind of late for that DC2
My cutey is due at two to two today

Músicos:
Manu Lafer – voz
Ricardo Baldacci – voz
Bucky Pizzarelli – violão de 7 cordas
Larry Fuller – piano
Martin Pizzarelli – contrabaixo
Tony Tedesco – bateria


14. Bossa Nova (Kathe Green)

Instrumental

Músicos:
Manu Lafer – voz
Maucha Adnet – voz
Marc Sganga – violão acústico
Duduka da Fonseca – bateria
Martin Pizzarelli – contrabaixo


15. Caroline (Randy Newmann)

Caroline
Please be mine
You’re my kind of girl

And when springtime daylight
Surrounds you
There’s no one around you but me

Músicos:
Manu Lafer – voz
Larry Fuller – piano
Ken Peplowski – clarinete
Tony Tedesco – bateria



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