Meu Samba é de Futebol
Lafer is featured in this album by samba legend Germano Mathias, singing with Mathias on the track Malandro Não Vacila, a humorous but dark portrait of poverty and violence in the outskirts of Sao Paulo. It takes on the old concept the malandro, a rascal or rogue that has been a stock figure of samba since the 1930s. The song has been featured in many of Mathias’ live performances, but had not been recorded until then, and it entered the repertoire of Lafer’s shows.
Corpo do Som
It was with pride that Lafer participated in this album by Barbatuques, an innovative group of his contemporaries, whistling in a medley on Peixinhos do Mar (adapted by the late Clube Da Esquina member Tavinho Moura) and Marinheiro Só (adapted by Caetano Veloso) .
Run N’ Fly
Run N’ Fly is a collective of smooth jazz, funk and R&B, along the lines of other collectives like Steely Dan and Incognito. The music and arrangements in the album, which bears the name of the group, were by producer, guitarist and jazz star Sandro Albert. Manu wrote all the lyrics, in English, about strong female role models who have driven and defined pop culture .
The catchy, well-balanced tracks composed by Albert, together with Manu’s lyrics, make the album a singular and powerful homage to some of our biggest and most beautiful female icons. Thus, Pam pays homage to the muse of Blaxploitation films, Pam Grier; Raquel is a tribute to Hollywood sex symbol Raquel Welch; Lynda Carter, the eternal Wonder Woman, is the star in Lynda; Stella is a reference to the classic Stella by Starlight, as well as Stella Maris, Dorival Caymmi’s wife; while in Roberta, Lafer once more pays homage to Bobbie Gentry, having already dedicated Somebody Like Me to her. Together with the other six tracks, they make up a landscape that honors the empowerment of women. The album features the participation of industry veterans such as legendary drummer Omar Hakim, percussionist Bashiri Johnson, bassist Derrick Murdock and vocalists Darryl Tookes, Cindy Mizelle and Angela Clemmons.
(Jeanne Gies, Howard Alden)
New York singer-songwriter Jeanne Gies interprets nine songs by Lafer. Gies came up with English versions for the album, as is the custom in America (each singer may write his/her own versions). The arrangements and accompaniment come from seven-string guitar master Howard Alden. As noted by presenter Sheila Anderson, the chemistry and affinity between Gies and Alden remind listeners of iconic recordings by the duo Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass. A guitar teacher who specialized in Brazilian music and had a musical relation to Luiz Bonfá and Joao Gilberto, Gene Bertoncini also wrote a praisy note for the album.
The track A Lente do Homem was chosen by Ná Ozzetti as part of the repertoire for her album Embalar. In Lafer’s words, “Ná Ozzetti is always definitive and it has been a joy to have had her support ever since I started composing as a teenager.”
A Lente do Homem was also chosen by Aleluia, to feature in Cinco Sentidos, an album in which Aleluia uses his unique bass voice and guitar, natural oscillation in tempo, and personal approach, which change the song so much.
Sem poupar coração
A partnership with Danilo Caymmi, who commissioned Manu for lyrics to Visão, a sentimental theme song for a blind character on a TV show, in fact a soap opera on the process of being written. Dori and Nana, with all the affinity that comes from having made music as a duo their whole lives, in addition to being siblings, are a show unto themselves.
E o nosso mínimo é prazer
Lafer and Fabio Tagliaferri composed Música de Frente, chosen by Gonzaga Leal to feature with his own vocals in the album whose name also comes from the lyrics in Lafer’s and Tagliaferri’s song.
Intimidade e Silêncio
São Paulo singer Branca Lescher included, in this album, her interpretation for Candido, a track composed and recorded by Lafer and Danilo Caymmi for their duo CD O Patriota.
This record by guitarist Chico Saraiva included Ensaio, a song written in partnership with Lafer and interpreted by Ná Ozetti.
Só um é muito só
For his second album, Fábio Tagliaferri once again worked with Lafer, this time on four of the tracks: Música de Frente, Safadinha, Choro a Dois and Mais. Both artists have performed parts of the repertoire from this album together with that of Doze Fotogramas, by Lafer, further strengthening their partnership.
Sinatra & Jobim @ 50
As the album’s title suggests, guitarist John Pizzarelli celebrates 50 years of Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim (Reprise, 1967). Among the tracks selected, is Canto Casual, with a chorus in Portuguese and vocals by Jessica Molaskey, it is a brand new song that the couple commissioned from Manu.
Manu appears on this album by Bruno Giovannetti, probably his most original cowriter as a partner for the tracks A Chave and Bravata Borboleta.
The track Moira ou Lorena, composed by Lafer with Danilo Caymmi, has been included in two collections: Brasil Bacana, the third volume of Discoteca Básica Tratore, and Havaianas – Vida do Paraíso, sponsored by the well-known Brazilian brand of flip-flops .