No. 7 — Pages 46-47: Djalma Ferreira | Zito Righi | Caçulinha

  • Caçulinha — Samba’ação
    (1965) Continental PPL 12192
  • Zito Righi, Pedrinho Rodrigues, Sylvio Cézar, Toni Vestane, Francineth — Sax de Ouro
    (1961) Musidisc XPL-15
  • Djalma Ferreira & Seus Milionários do Ritmo, Miltinho — Drink no Rio de Janeiro
    (1959) Discos Drink DF-LPA-13.005
  • Djalma Ferreira & Seus Milionários do Ritmo, Luís Bandeira — Convite ao Drink
    (1960) Discos Drink LP-DF-13.006
  • Djalma Ferreira & Seus Milionários do Ritmo, Miltinho — Drink
    (1958) Discos Drink LPP-DF-13.001
  • Djalma Ferreira & Seus Milionários do Ritmo — Depois do Drink
    (1959) Discos Drink DF-LPP-13.004

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This double page spread from the book features some extravagant gatefold sleeves unequalled in Brazil in their time.

Djalma Neves Ferreira (1913-2004) was a pianist and composer who disliked the theory of sheet music and staves. Nonetheless he wrote a number of very popular compositions like Cheiro de SaudadeSamba no Perroquet, Devaneio and Lamento which rapidly became standards. His song Recado became a favourite of hepcats like Hank Mobley, the Modern Jazz Quartet and Lalo Schifrin.

He started to study piano and violin at the age of twelve. In 1936 he made his first recording, and in 1944, after years of travelling the nightclub circuit in several South American countries, he formed Os Milionários do Ritmo. The outfit with varying members was Djalma Ferreira’s backing group on all of his eleven albums from 1953 to 1960 which featured guest singers like Jair Rodrigues, Helena de Lima, Luiz Bandeira and Miltinho.

Djalma Ferreira founded his own record label Discos Drink which released all of his albums until 1960 and some for Mirian Presley and Araken Peixoto. In addition he was the owner of the nightclub Drink in Rio de Janeiro with the aptly titled house band Conjunto Drink. In 1963 Djalma Ferreira leased the nightclub to Cauby Peixoto, relocated to the US to perform in Las Vegas, and started a collaboration with the composer, producer and jazz critic Leonard Feather.

Djalma Ferreira’s trademark instruments were the solovox and the Hammond B3 organ. In 1958, when Ed Lincoln was bass player with the Milionários do Ritmo, Djalma Ferreira was wounded by a gunshot caused by a business rivalry. Unexpectedly, Ed Lincoln was instructed to play the organ within a few hours to fill in for Ferreira. Prior to the accident, Ed Lincoln wasn’t even allowed to touch Ferreira’s B3 though he was interested to learn. After this, the Hammond organ became Ed Lincoln’s favourite instrument, and the one which brought him to fame.

Playlist Djalma Ferreira:
1. Devaneio (Djalma Ferreira – Luis Antônio) from the album Drink no Rio de Janeiro (1959) with Miltinho
2. Volta (Djalma Ferreira – Luiz Bandeira) from the album Convite ao Drink (1960) with Luiz Bandeira
3. Recado (Djalma Ferreira – Luis Antônio) from the album Drink no Rio de Janeiro (1959)
4. Lamento (Djalma Ferreira – Luis Antônio) from the album Drink (1958) with Miltinho
5. Samba no Perroquet (Djalma Ferreira) from the album Parada de Dança No. 1 (1953)

Among Djalma Ferreira’s numerous compositions, the fabulous Murmúrio is one of the most notable. Penned with Luis Antônio, the song was originally recorded on the album Convite ao Drink, featuring Luiz Bandeira crooning just two lines in front of a chorus. Murmúrio was covered more than 45 times, including versions by Maysa, Cauby Peixoto, Erlon Chaves, Elis Regina and Miltinho who scored one of his biggest hits with this tune.

Playlist Murmúrio:
1. Djalma Ferreira from the album Convite ao Drink (1960) with Luiz Bandeira
2. Miltinho from the album Miltinho (1961)
3. Izio Gross from the album Isto é Bossa (1961)

Discos Drink applied a very unique and stylish art work to its covers. Some albums were produced with lavish gatefold sleeves to open in the centre. Although the design is very consistent, the art work was created by several graphic designers.

The art work for Drink is uncredited.


The art work for Depois do Drink is by Frama with an uncredited photograph.

The art work for Convite ao Drink with various colour settings including yellow, green and grey is by Joselito with photograph by Mafra.

Djalma Ferreira & Seus Milionários do Ritmo, Luís Bandeira — Convite ao Drink (alternate)

Djalma Ferreira & Seus Milionários do Ritmo, Luís Bandeira — Convite ao Drink (b)

The art work for Drink no Rio de Janeiro, showing a section of the gatefold inner sleeve on the accompanying EP, is by Joselito with photograph by Mafra.

Djalma Ferreira & Seus Milionários do Ritmo, Miltinho — Drink no Rio de Janeiro (a)     

Djalma Ferreira & Seus Milionários do Ritmo, Miltinho — Drink no Rio de Janeiro (Inside)

Djalma Ferreira & Seus Milionários do Ritmo, Miltinho — Drink no Rio de Janeiro (b)


Zito Righi’s biography is hardly detectable, except for the fact that he shared the alias of Bob Fleming with Moacyr Silva. In fact only the first two Bob Fleming albums were recorded by Moacyr Silva whereas all subsequent albums featured Zito Righi.

Zito Righi extensively played concert halls and nightclubs, and released four albums under his name: Sax de Ouro in 1961, The Song is You in 1962, Ribamar & Zito Righi in 1963, and Alucinolandia in 1968. A tenor sax player with a coaxing tone, Zito Righi invited singers Pedrinho Rodrigues, Sylvio Cézar, Toni Vestane and Francineth to join him on his debut album Sax de Ouro.

Playlist Zito Righi:
1. Sim Ou Não (Zito Righi) from the album Ribamar & Zito Righi (1963)
2. Não Diga Nada – Eu Não Sei Me Repetir (Carlito – Noacy de Marcenes – Jota Santos – Herondino Silva) from the album Sax de Ouro (1961)
3. Deep Purple (Peter DeRose) from the album Este é Bob Fleming (1961)
4. Toma Lá Dá Cá (Toni Vestane) from the album Sax de Ouro (1961) with Toni Vestane
5. Misty (Erroll Garner – Johnny Burke) from the album The Song is You (1962)

The art work for Sax de Ouro is uncredited.

Zito Righi, Pedrinho Rodrigues, Sylvio Cézar, Toni Vestane, Francineth — Sax de Ouro (a)


Caçulinha is the stage name of Rubens Antônio da Silva (*1940), a multi-instrumentalist and composer. At the age of eight he started with the accordion, which remained his trademark instrument, and later completed his skills with piano and organ amongst others. Caçulinha recorded with a wide range of artists such as Elizeth Cardoso, Cyro Monteiro, Dóris Monteiro and Miltinho and was an exclusive on the TV program O Fino da Bossa hosted by Elis Regina and Jair Rodrigues.

Playlist Caçulinha:
1. Vivo Sonhando (Antônio Carlos Jobim) from the album Samba’ação (1965)
2. Faceira (Ary Barroso) from the album Samba’ação (1965)

The art work for Samba’ação is by Antônio Melero ‘Antoninho’.

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