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Isto é o Drink - Celso Murilo & Conjunto Drink
whatmusic.com presents ‘Isto é o Drink’, a celebration of Rio’s legendary ‘Drink’ nightclub from funky organist Celso Murilo and guests mixing cuban and bossa – includes the first recording of soul superstar Wilson Simonal!
  • First ever worldwide release!
  • Tracks include funky ‘Deixa a Nêga Gingar’, Ed Lincoln’s ‘Olhou Pra Mim’ & ‘Tem Que Balançar’!
  • Features Wilson Simonal, Sandra & Luiz Bandeira
  • Exclusive new liner notes
  • Also available on CD Digipak (WMCD-0075)

Check the 30 second clips from the album...

05 BOÉMIO 2:29
06 CÉU E MAR 2:53
07 EU VOLTEI 2:54
08 A TUA VOLTA 2:23
12 ÔBA 3:27

The whatmusic.com interview...

cup o’ cabana!

Long before the bossa craze swept the brazilian nation in the late 50s and early 60s, cities like Rio and São Paulo already boasted impressively healthy live music and nightclub scenes. The clubs acted as the seedbed for the young musicians who would later take brazilian music into the consciousness of the rest of the world. This was the meeting point of the previously all-conquering influence of cuban rhythms, (in Brazil principally the bolero, rumba and cha cha cha), with the modern arrangements of the Stan Kenton school and the increasingly evident beat of the samba.

So, with a number of albums recorded in the period from 1957 to 62 the listener gets a mixture of old-school big-voiced vocalists, deft organists, bongo beats, dodgy cha cha and killer bossa grooves all mixed up in the same ‘panela’ and served hot and tasty – ready for dancing.

In Rio the principal watering hole where these musicians practised was the night club simply called Drink. Owned by musician, composer and small time gangster Djalma Ferreira, the Drink was a proving ground for young players and singers like Silvio Cesar, Orlann Divo, Durval Ferreira, Celso Murilo and the place where bassist Ed Lincoln first came face to face with the Hammond B3 organ that was to change his career.

Traditionally, Djalma Ferreira had led the house band but he was constantly indisposed by such trivia as armed attempts on his life and other criminal activity. Djalma’s lead chair was taken first by Lincoln and then by Celso Murilo, a young wunderkind from the interior of Minas Gerais who was João Gilberto’s favourite accompanist. Other key musicians are represented on this album such as Luiz Bandeira, singer and composer of some note who was also artistic director of the Drink at the time of this recording.

Another feature was the young debuting star Sandra who also recorded an album on Pawal, only to be tragically killed in a car crash on the way to receive her Best Newcomer award for 1961. But perhaps the most interesting element on this portmanteau LP is the arrival on the scene of one Wilson Simonal de Castro. Simonal, already signed to Odeon but still unknown, began his glittering career as the main ‘crooner’ at the club. This recording predates his first Odeon recordings. In fact Wilson opens the album in some great style with his familiar sensual baritone and sense of timing already in evidence at such a young age. Of all the artists on this album Simonal was the one who achieved true superstardom.

Translation from the original liner notes

It was no easy task to reunite all of these artists from the Drink Club on one LP. The fact that nearly all of them are exclusively signed to the best of the well-known record companies was the first obstacle. But Columbia Records, Pawal and Odeon all agreed to release them for the album – something for which we, the public, must thank them.

So here it is – a reunion that brings together the fabulous music from the Drink club and the artists who made that sound happen every night – they are:

Luiz Bandeira – this guy is the sacred author of the classic ‘Um Apito No Samba’, (a singer and composer of international renown and artistic director of the Drink and of this label, Remon, which is releasing ‘the sound’ internationally for the first time) and author of many other well known and successful melodies. On this LP he debuts, amongst others, his recent hit ‘Eu Voltei…’

Lila – the sweet interpreter of those small hours sambas she sings in the Drink who, on this microgroove album, brings us a true hit song of popular brazilian music, the samba ‘Pra Que Mentir’ by Luiz Bandeira and Djalma Ferreira.

Celso Murilo – another great artistic discovery from nights at the Drink club. An organist with his own unique phrasing, as well as a superb accompanist on the many sambas that he plays on this record with the other musicians, Murilo salutes us with his fantastic solo on the melodious Johnny Alf song, ‘Céu e Mar’.

Sandra – another Drink discovery and a singer of great originality who is shaking up the brazilian music scene right now and who gives us, on this record, two beautiful interpretations of classic sambas – ‘Tua Volta’ by Sebastião Barros and ‘Poema das Mãos’ by Luiz Antonio.

Wilson Simonal – a new young and promising singer, who also began his career at the Drink, makes an auspicious debut ‘balançando’ the two sambas ‘Olhou Pra Mim’ and ‘Tem Que Balançar’

And then everyone together joins in to showcase the super carnival ‘Drink sound’ of Oswaldo Nunes on the hit tune – ‘Óba’.

All of our hard work will have certainly paid off if, after listening to this LP, you can get a sense of the emotion and excitement of the rhythm, art, beauty and splendour of having spent a night at the legendary Drink!

Carlos Barroso

Translation © 2002 whatmusic.com

CEDAR processing by Sean ‘Big P’ Pennycook, London
Remastered by Gareth Williams at Sound Recording Technology, Cambridge, April 2004

© 2004 whatmusic.com
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