Tom Zé – Estudando O Samba (1976)
2019 VMP reissue (Ltd. 500), Mr. Bongo Records
This is unlike any samba record you’ll ever hear. If John Cage and Captain Beefheart took a stab at completely deconstructing and rebuilding traditional Brasilian musical idioms, they wouldn’t sound nearly as good as “Estudando O Samba”
David Byrne (Talking Heads) found this album during a trip to Brasil in ‘86. The rather unique cover art is what drew him in. The liner notes describe it as “what looks like a coiled electric cable meandering its way around barbed wire” Byrne’s curiousity about this record led him to dig deeper, leading to a
Tom Zé compilation which introduced his music to a much wider audience.
Tom Zé was working at a relative’s auto garage before he was plucked from obscurity.
Music. Is. AWESOME.