Manu Lafer, an artist with more than 20 years of experience and more than 20 releases, is in charge of the project entitled Tudo De Novo (all over again), which offers a fresh approach to Caetano Veloso’s work through swing, a particular style associated with American jazz standards.
Tudo De Novo, the song that summarizes the project, and which appears in Caetano’s discography in a live recording with Maria Bethânia, reinforces what Caetano appreciates, quoting Nietzsche’s “eternal recurrence” – therefore opposed to mechanical reinterpretations, mere covers or repetitions.
Veloso himself took part in one of the tracks, Na Asa do Vento (Luis Vieira and João do Vale).
Manu Lafer has invited prominent American jazz musicians with whom he has often contributed: seven string guitarist John Pizzarelli, who played along Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney and James Taylor, and clarinet player Ken Peplowski, who has worked with Benny Goodman. Pizzarelli is particularly enthusiastic about João Gilberto’s album Amoroso and Caetano Veloso’s A Foreign Sound.
Ken is present in two tracks: Onde Andarás and Trem Das Cores. John participates in eight other tracks, besides his characteristic scat singing in one of them.
Singer Bruna Caram, as well as singer and guitarist Mark Lambert, are also featured.
The featured artists’ participation has been heroic and generous, having taken place long-distance, in the midst of the pandemics.
The pandemics motivated Manu Lafer to ambitiously prepare three musical tributes, two of which have already been released: one of them pays tribute to sambista Germano Mathias and the other one to new yorker composer Brian Gari, Eddie Cantor’s grandson.
Besides Caetano Veloso and John Pizzarelli, the record brought together other Grammy winners like Swami Jr. (production, arrangement, seven string guitar) and Alexandre Fontanetti (recording engineer, guitar).
Neymar Dias (viola) and Tiago Costa, Jazz Sinfônica Orchestra conductor (piano and Hammond organ), contribute with their unique style to this expressive team of brilliant musicians.
Songs that have deeply impacted Manu Lafer’s musical, professional and emotional memories (Manu Lafer met Caetano Veloso when he visited Manu’s kindergarten) are part of this carefully chosen selection.
Most of the songs chosen by Manu have not been widely broadcasted to the younger generations, such as Sim, Foi Você (inspired by Gilberto Gil’s ternary form version, shown live, but not registered in a recording), Ela E Eu, Mãe, Nosso Estranho Amor, as well as songs that were not composed by Caetano Veloso, but that have been extremely associated to his artistic persona – such as Largo da Lapa (by Wilson Batista and Marino Silva) and Marcianita, a song that was successful in the Jovem Guarda movement in a Portuguese version of an original Spanish of international fame.
Diana Mindlin is responsible for the graphic design and Elifas Andreato for the cover illustration.
“Como um objeto não identificado, para lançar depois do Carnaval” (meaning “as an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO), to be released after Carnival” – Veloso alluded to the tradition that Brazilian popular music releases were divided between Carnival songs and middle of the year or non-Carnival songs).