Son to a Russian pianist and a Polish lady, Alexander Gordin was born in Shanghai, China in 1951. He lived briefly in Israel, until the family came to Brazil in 1958. At 16 he was playing guitar and bass in Stardust, a night club owned by his father, in downtown Sao Paulo. This was when he had contact with top quality musicians such as Hermeto Pascoal and Heraldo do Monte. In 1968 he was discovered and shortly thereafter participated in recordings with Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and Gal Costa, usually with harmonies by maestro Rogerio Duprat. Lanny's daring improvisation attracted the attention of artists such as Tim Maia, Elis Regina, Jair Rodrigues and Erasmo Carlos, with whom he also came to play.