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Estudando a Bossa (Nordeste Plaza)

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As Bob Dylan once remarked: "Some may like a soft Brazilian singer, but I have given up all attempts at perfection." Tom Zè made his debut in the late 1960s as an insurgent voice of Tropicá
¡lia, a movement that lampooned the generals in power in Brazil and also rebelled against prevailing notions of good taste in Brazilian popular music -- often associated with the suave sound of bossa nova. The refusal of bossa nova's aesthetics of "perfection" was central to the brash hybridity of the tropicalists, who reveled in startling sonic juxtapositions of rock, samba, and a variety of regional Brazilian genres.This didn't stop Tom Zè from "studying" bossa nova from a perspective that was slightly awry and decentered. Recent albums have revealed a lyrical, melodic dimension of Tom Zè 's music, which was previously obscured by his quest to unsettle and subvert the tradition of Brazilian song. Yet here he embraces the soft beauty of bossa nova on his own terms. With a host of Brazilian guests and a cameo from David Byrne.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Prefácio: Brazil, Capital Buenos Aires [Foreword: Capital Buenos Aires]
  2. Barquinho Herói [Little Hero-Boat]
  3. João Nos Tribunais [João in a Court of Law]
  4. O Céu Desabou [The Sky Fell]
  5. Síncope Jãobim [Jãobim Syncopation]
  6. Filho do Pato [Son of a Duck]
  7. Outra Insensatez, Poe! [Other Stupid Stuff I Did]
  8. Roquenrol Bim-Bom [Rock 'n' Roll Bim-Bom]
  9. Mulher de Música [Women in Music]
  10. Brazil, Capital Buenos Aires
  11. Amor do Rio [Rio's Love]
  12. Bolero de Platão [Platão's Bolero]
  13. Solvador, Bahia de Caymmi
  14. De: Terra; Pará: Humanidade [From: Earth; To: Humanity]

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Luaka Bop
  • ASIN: B003Z88IN0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,008 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JG on November 25, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I read somewhere on the interwebs that "Estudando a Bossa" (Studying Bossa) is a little more conventional than what we've come to expect from Mr. Ze...the twisted, avant garde end of Tropicalia. I suppose that's true, although you don't get far into this record before things start getting weird.

Ze, in the past, has shown himself to be the mad laboratory scientist who likes to take things apart, then reassemble them in different ways. One version of his "Com Defeito de Fabricação" even included an extra CD which featured broken down versions of all the songs of the actual CD.

Anyway, with "Estudando a Bossa", Mr. Ze gives us Brazilian music students a thorough lesson in the invention and evolution of Bossa Nova which emerged from its tamer parent, samba, and in turn spawned the more radical offspring Tropicalia.

So, is it a little more conventional than what we've heard from Brazil's mad musical professor up to now? Yes, but the term "conventional" has to be taken with a huge grain of salt when it comes to Tom Ze. In any case, thoroughly enjoyable stuff.
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