Tom Zé

Tom Zé

Real Name:
Antônio José Santana Martins
(born Antônio José Santana Martins, 1936 in Bahia, Brazil), Tom Zé (a faithful informalization of his given names, literally meaning "Tony Joe") is a Brazilian songwriter and (experimental) composer who was influential in the Tropicália movement of 1960s Brazil. After the military government of the began to crack down Tropicália, Zé moved out of the public eye and began to experiment with novel instruments and composition styles, thus remaining true to the experimental and Dada impulses of Tropicália. He has been noted for both his unorthodox approach to melody and instrumentation, employing various objects as instruments, but remained rather obscure.
In the early 1990s David Byrne rediscovered one of his albums, Estudando o Samba (1975), on a visit to Rio de Janeiro, Zé then was the first artist signed to Byrne's new Luaka Bop label.

Tom Zé Discography


50010 Tom Zé Tom Zé (Album) Rozenblit 50010 Brazil 1968 Sell This Version
XRLP 5351 Tom Zé Tom Zé (Album) RGE Discos XRLP 5351 Brazil 1970 Sell This Version
SLP-10.084 Tom Zé Tom Zé (Album) Continental (3) SLP-10.084 Brazil 1972 Sell This Version
MCN-3295 Tom Zé Todos Os Olhos (Album) Continental (3) MCN-3295 Brazil 1973 Sell This Version
1-01-404-123 Tom Zé Estudando O Samba (Album) Continental (3) 1-01-404-123 Brazil 1976 Sell This Version
1-01-404-177 Tom Zé Correio Da Estação Do Brás (Album) Continental (3) 1-01-404-177 Brazil 1978 Sell This Version
308.6062 Tom Zé Nave Maria (Album) RGE 308.6062 Brazil 1984 Sell This Version
521.404.183 Tom Zé E Gereba Tom Zé E Gereba - Cantando Com A Platéia(LP, Album) Not On Label 521.404.183 Brazil 1990 Sell This Version
945118-2 Tom Zé The Hips Of Tradition - Brazil 5: The Return Of Tom Zé (Album, Comp) Luaka Bop, Warner Bros. Records 945118-2 Brazil 1992 Sell This Version
996666-2 Tom Zé Tom Zé(CD) Continental (3) 996666-2 Brazil 1994 Sell This Version
T500/054-2 Tom Zé Fabrication Defect : Com Defeito De Fabricação (Album) Luaka Bop T500/054-2 Brazil 1998 Sell This Version
TRA-1010122 Tom Zé Jogos De Armar (Faça Você Mesmo) (Album) Trama TRA-1010122 Netherlands 2000 Sell This Version
T Tom Zé Imprensa Cantada(CD, Album) Trama T Brazil 2003 Sell This Version
CD 301 662-1 Tom Zé E Zé Miguel Wisnik* Tom Zé E Zé Miguel Wisnik* - Parabelo(CD, Album) Éditions Milan Music CD 301 662-1 France 2003 Sell This Version
MEP 49 Tom Zé Estudando O Pagode (Album) Trama MEP 49 Portugal 2005 Sell This Version
BF 864 Tom Zé Estudando A Bossa Nordeste Plaza (Album) Biscoito Fino BF 864 Brazil 2008 Sell This Version
AMZPAC000025 Tom Zé Tropicália Lixo Lógico(CD, Album, Dig) Not On Label (Tom Zé Self-released) AMZPAC000025 Brazil 2012 Sell This Version
PASSLP0001 Tom Zé Tropicália Lixo Lógico(7", Album) Passarinho PASSLP0001 Brazil 2012 Sell This Version
AMZPAC000238 Tom Zé Vira Lata na Via Láctea(CD, Album) Pommelo Distribuições e Editorações Ltda. AMZPAC000238 Brazil 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

LC-6176 Tom Zé Sao Benedito / Maria Colegio Da Bahia(7") RCA Victor LC-6176 Brazil 1965 Sell This Version
CS 5030, none Tom Zé São São Paulo / Curso Intensivo De Boas Maneiras(7", Single) Rozenblit, AU - Artistas Unidos CS 5030, none Brazil 1968 Sell This Version
CS 5018 Tom Zé Não Buzine Que Eu Estou Paquerando / Sem Entrada E Sem Mais Nada(7") Rozenblit CS 5018 Brazil 1968 Sell This Version
c.s.70.389 Tom Zé Jeitinho Dela / Bola Pra Frente(7") RGE Discos c.s.70.389 Brazil 1969 Sell This Version
CS.70.375 Tom Zé Voce Gosta? / Feitico(7") RGE CS.70.375 Brazil 1969 Sell This Version
CS 70.414 Tom Zé La Vem A Onda / Escolinha De Robô(7") RGE Discos CS 70.414 Brazil 1970 Sell This Version