Sunday, January 3, 2010

Djalma Ferreira -Ely Arcoverde 6 LPs '53, '58, '59, '62 - Brasil

Djalma Ferreira
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil 1913 - Las Vegas, NV. 2004

The use of the Hammond organ and the Hammond Solovox in Brasilian music goes back to the late 1940's and really flourished in the 50's, 60's, and 70's with great pianists most notably Djalma Ferreira, Ed Lincoln, Celso Murilo, Walter Wanderly and Ely Arcoverde.
All of them often included several songs with a "Cuban tinge", Cha cha cha's, boleros, "rhumba's", beguine's.
My favorite players lean towards Ed Lincoln and Celso Murilo.

It's funny how many Americans associate the sound of the organ with Church music, followed by Ice skating rinks, baseball stadiums and bowling alleys and "elevator music".
In American jazz, there are many great pianists who are associated with the Hammond organ.
The Brasilian players really took the Hammond and Solovox (invented by Laurens Hammond in 1934) and created a totally unique and very "percussive" way of playing.

The "infamous" Djalma Ferreira, Hammond organist, first to use the Solovox in Brasil, leader of the band "Milionarios do Ritmo" and club owner of the popular and very "hip" Drink Club in Rio during the 1950's.
(he was also notoriously involved in Rio's "underworld", after he was shot in 1958, Ed Lincoln replaced him in the band)

Six LP's by Djalma Ferreira, several which include Ed Lincoln on acoustic piano together with Djalma Ferreira on 'Hammond B3' organ and 'Solovox' as well as the great vocalist "crooner" Miltinho. My favorites are 1958 - "Drink", 1959 - "Depois do Drink" and 1959 - "Drink no Rio de Janeiro".
The wild interplay between the organ and Solovox, the electric guitar and the acoustic piano is unique sounding to say the very least.
In 1963, Djalma Ferreira moved to the U.S., he died 2004 in either Los Angeles Ca. or Las Vegas at age 91.


1953 - "Parada de Danca No. 1"
Helena de Lima vocal on several songs
(Djalma Ferreira's first LP as a leader)


1958 - "Drink"
Djalma Ferreira e Seus Milionarios do Ritmo
Djalma Ferreira: organ, solovox
Ed Lincoln: piano
Araken Peixoto: trumpet
Miltinho: vocal & pandeiro
Waltel Branco: bass

1. "Lady be Good - Tea for Two"
Miltinho singing in English
Djalma Ferreira: organ, solovox
Ed Lincoln: piano

4. "Solovox Blues"
Djalma Ferreira: solovox
Ed Lincoln: piano

9. Carnaval - Mulata Assanhada - Voce Nao Quer nem Eu
Djalma Ferreira: organ, solovox
Ed Lincoln: piano
Miltinho: vocal



1959 - "Depois do Drink"
Djalma Ferreira e Seus Milionarios do Ritmo
Djalma Ferreira: organ, piano, solovox
Ed Lincoln: bass, piano
Waltel Branco: electric guitar, bass
Helcio Milito: drums


195? - "Convite Ao Drink"
???


1959 - "Drink no Rio de Janeiro"
Djalma Ferreira: organ, piano, solovox
Ed Lincoln: bass, piano
Waltel Branco: electric guitar, bass
Araken Peixoto: trumpet
Plínio:
maury:
Miltinho: vocal & pandeiro
Brito:


1962 - "Baile de Formatura"
Djalma Ferreira here not with his small band,
but with a large orchestra with arrangements and direction
by master trombonist "Nelsinho".

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