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TOM Z

RIO/Avant-Prog • Brazil


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Brazilian musician and composer TOM ZE (born Antnio Jos Santana Martins, in 1936) first gained prominence as a prime mover in the Tropiclia movement in 1960s Brazil, an approach to art and music which combined elements of pop and the avant garde. Following an extended hiatus, TOM ZE re-emerged in the 1990s in response to renewed interest in his music by prominent Western artists such as David BYRNE. Since then, he has continued to make albums in his rather unique style, often using unorthodox instrumentation (e.g. typewriters) and with an avant garde sensibility often compared to Frank ZAPPA. In addition to his own recordings, he has contributed to numerous compilations, and has collaborated with several like-minded artists with eclectic results.

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4.00 | 3 ratings
Grande Liquida?ao
1968
2.00 | 1 ratings
Tom Ze'
1970
3.17 | 3 ratings
Tom Ze
1972
3.87 | 6 ratings
Todos os Olhos
1973
3.50 | 4 ratings
Estudiando o Samba
1976
4.00 | 2 ratings
Correio Da Estao Do Brs
1978
0.00 | 0 ratings
Nave Maria
1984
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Hips of Tradition
1992
4.00 | 2 ratings
Com defeito de fabricao
1998
5.00 | 1 ratings
Jogos de Armar
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
Dan-h-S
2006

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2.05 | 2 ratings
Tribunal do Feicebuqui
2013

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 Tribunal do Feicebuqui by Z, TOM album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
2.05 | 2 ratings

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Tribunal do Feicebuqui
Tom Z RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by memowakeman
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2 stars Though Tom Z is a long-time Brazilian musician which is well recognized in his country and latinamerica for his popular music, he has also made some avant garde works that some people may consider progressive rock, so for that, I am here reviewing his "Tribunal do Feicebuqui" release which is a free to download EP he made this 2013 and he offers through his official website. This EP consists of five short tracks that make a total time of 15 minutes.

It opens with the title track, which starts with a Windows sound like when you open your lap and start using your browser. Then little by little instruments appear along with the vocals, of course in Portuguese, and the music flows with a delicious rhythm, very Latin, very Brazilian. I like a lot the backing female vocals, they put sympathy to the already sympathetic music. The style is not truly progressive, not even rock, but it has some jazzy and avant hints.

"Ze a zero" has an old school style, reminding me a bit of Os Incrveis, just to put an example. The sound is cool, but definitely not really for a progressive rock fan, I think you need to be fan of latin and Brazilian music to truly enjoy it, and sing "fazendo propaganda do Tom Z". Now it comes "Papa Francisco perdoa Tom Ze", in which soft electric guitar can be heard along with nice rhythmical bass lines and some funeral-like drums. The vocals are nice, very ad hoc with the old Brazilian school.

The next track is "Tai" which has a voice making some repetitive noises, while a trumpet illuminates the sound and female vocals greatly complete the track. This is a very nice composition, short as well, but cool. This EP finishes with "Irala Irala" which starts with something that sounds like a harmonica, but I'm not sure if it is one, this time it has an argentinian touch, but later the song changes a bit. Again, female vocals stand out, I love them, but they are nicely accompanied by winds and bass. Nice.

Well, this is not really a memorable EP, and in my opinion it is far from the progressive rock realm, however, I had a nice time and enjoy it when I listen to it. My final grade will be 2 stars, anyway?

? enjoy it!

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 Todos os Olhos by Z, TOM album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.87 | 6 ratings

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Todos os Olhos
Tom Z RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by VOTOMS

4 stars "Walter Smetak, who was born in Zurich, taught Z violin, cello and the building of his own instruments, which were sometimes transformed from typewriters, blenders and water conduits. It was these peculiar, experimental instruments which would later become the trademark of Tom Z's music" - PETER FIGLESTAHLER

Todos os Olhos (1973) is the fourth effort by the brazilian composer and musician Tom Z, where his avant-psychedelic-samba back to live. His orchestration includes from polisher machines to keyboards. You can notice the strangeness of his music from Cademar (the opening track) to the strange Complexo de pico (ending track), without lose the Tropicalia vein. A nice experiment for open minded listeners and avant-garde music fans.

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 Tom Ze by Z, TOM album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.17 | 3 ratings

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Tom Ze
Tom Z RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by VOTOMS

3 stars Tom Z - Se o Caso Chorar (1972)

The third album from the avant-garde doctor, Tom Z. This album is not a self-titled as the previous one. Well... this album is a boring listening. Really. Sounds a non-creative samba/mpb with some touch of the early material. But after years I had read an interview with Tom Z, where he explained the meaning of the album and the ideas. This guy is a genius.

First of all, this was made for hit the commercial radio stations, BUT with an objective, an inner joke. The hit of the album, Se O Caso Chorar, it's a full plagiarism. He wrote the lyrics planning the plagiarism and asked the plagiarized artist about the song release, telling him about his plans. The guitar sequence was Chopin, and he said it was already copied in another rhythm by Tom Jobim. Well, the song hit the crowd and radio stations, and nobody knows anything about the plagiarism until today.

Purposely boring plagiarism, so... it's boring. But the intelligence behind this album deserves 3 stars.

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 Tom Ze' by Z, TOM album cover Studio Album, 1970
2.00 | 1 ratings

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Tom Ze'
Tom Z RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by VOTOMS

— First review of this album —
2 stars In the 70s self-titled album, the brazilian musician Tom Z used his same old formula present at the first album, but less focus on avant-garde and more into pure Tropicalia psychedelia and boring side of mpb, trying to do a commercial effort. And it works, since Jeitinho Dela was his first "greatest hit". This album is more avant-garde in vocalization, and includes crazy stuff too, like random variations. The results are a second album non-so- inspired as Grande Liquidao (1968), his debut. Also, the jokes at the lyrics aren't so fine as the previous album. Actually, it's a boring album at all.

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 Grande Liquida?ao by Z, TOM album cover Studio Album, 1968
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Grande Liquida?ao
Tom Z RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by VOTOMS

4 stars Tom Z is an experimental composer from the Tropicalia scene, together with Os Mutantes and Caetano Veloso. He was forgotten, falling into obsurity until the 90's, when Davy Byrne (Talking Heads) found an early Tom Z album.

Grande Liquidao is a classic, the typic critical lyrics from Tropicalia scene, avant-garde music and psychedelic rock mixed with mpb, jazz and more. Very ecletic and strange. The intelligent, humouristic lyrics are the most interesting part of this debut album, sometimes following a parody way. Highlights of the album: "Catecismo, Creme Dental E Eu", "Curso Intensivo de Boas Maneriras", "Gloria".

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