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Danc Eh Sa

Tom Ze Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Random Music
  • ASIN: B000VAQY0O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,472,998 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Uai-Uai (Revolta Queto-Xambá 1832)
2. Atchim (Revolta Paiaiá 1673)
3. Triú-Triii... (Revolta Malè 1835)
4. Cara-Cuá (Revolta Nagô-Oió 1830)
5. Acum-Mahá (Revolta Jege-Mina-Fon 1834)
6. Taka-Tá (Revolta Banta 1910)
7. Abrindo as Urnas (Encourados de Pedrão 1823)

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4.0 out of 5 stars r44444444444 8 Jan 2008
By 77
Format:Audio CD
Wait, this was made by a 65-year old??

This isn't a pipe 'n' slippers comfort zone by any means; in fact, this thing is so far in the deep end that even I had to wipe beads of sweat from my forehead whilst listening to it. How to explain it though? Well, it essentially sounds like an amalgamation of everything you'd find in your local record store's lazily-titled "world music" section, with African chanting, Brazilian samba and a certain Parisian vibe running deep through every song, but even my own lazy summary of the music here can't actually come close to understanding the beautiful mess of sounds on Danç-Êh-Sá. Take "Taka-Tá" for example, that opening beat is is just so crazy, setting the scene for a crazed mish-mash of demented rhythms and cartoon vocals that even put early Boredoms to shame. Each track changes direction without warning, leaving the listener in its dust, and after ten or so listens I can't even begin to get my head around it. I'm not versed in the Portuguese tongue, so the liner notes are sadly of little help, yet I love the feeling of utter helplessness and confusion that this album presents me with.

I'm gonna lay my cards on the table right now and say that my only experience of Brazilian music is with a token Os Mutantes album, a Caetano Veloso best of and a Tropicália compilation, so I'm in no position to predict how this album will stack up in the annuls of Brazilian music history. Yet, to my British ears at least, this certainly does sound like a revolution, and you can bet your mortgage that I'll be first in the streets when that revolution does come. Now dance!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Ze and the end of song 4 Jun 2007
By Mauricio Bussab - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Tom Ze is turning 70 and fighting the good fight, asking the difficult questions, providing his own complex answers. He is doing the job that composers in Brazil much younger than he is give up before even trying.
This time he tackles the difficult task of answering a question posed by Chico Buarque: "is the song format dead?". He also is concerned and curious about technology and how it invades current music produced there.
This is his way of answering this question: the album has voices but no lyrics, electronic sounds invade the entire record, the songs do not follow common radio formats, they have different moods and moments, are aggressive at times, tender and lyrical at times.
This is a record that could not have been made by anyone else. Exhilarating, inspiring...
4.0 out of 5 stars Ze - lectronica 8 Mar 2014
By jive rhapsodist - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Tom Ze is a songwriter! No, wait...Tom Ze is an experimental composer. No, that's not it either; Tom Ze is a songwriter who is ALSO an experimental composer! No...not exactly. Let's try again; Tom Ze is an experimental songwriter...No!!!

OK, now I've got it. Tom Ze is an experimental composer who needs the structure of songwriting to make his best work. Well, everybody has to be something. But what a great world this would be if, say, George Clinton had made a wild, sprawling disc like this one! And the grooves here aren't just conceptual - they're actually groovy. This music is not quite tightly constructed enough to be Ze's best. But, you know what? It's pretty great. It's just when he composes this much, you feel that he's actually closer to Villa - Lobos than he is to Mauricio Kagel. So maybe he's NOT really experimental...Well, maybe only by Pop terms. But those are terms - Adorno was wrong! "Deviations against the Pop system" are more than light acceptable transgressions...aren't they? Well, JR thinks so - and hopefully that's good enough for you!
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe-Inspiring 16 Feb 2008
By Sean Pogue - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is AMAZING. Danc-Eh-Sa is as weird and fun as the best of Zé's catalog, only this time he gets to mess with the the latest and greatest toys the computer age has to offer. Who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Zé is twice as innovative as others half his age.
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