Tom Moon

Tom Moon has been writing about pop, rock, jazz, blues, hip-hop and the music of the world since 1983.

He is the author of the New York Times bestseller 1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die (Workman Publishing), and a contributor to other books including The Final Four of Everything.

A saxophonist whose professional credits include stints on cruise ships and several tours with the Maynard Ferguson orchestra, Moon served as music critic at the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1988 until 2004. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, GQ, Blender, Spin, Vibe, Harp and other publications, and has won several awards, including two ASCAP-Deems Taylor Music Journalism awards. He has contributed to NPR's All Things Considered since 1996.

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4:18pm

Tue September 30, 2014
Music Reviews

Two Princes: The Purple One Returns In Stereo

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 5:46 pm

Prince has two new albums out, Art Official Age under his own name and Plectrumelectrum with 3RDEYEGIRL (pictured).
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In the last 20 years, Prince has gotten more attention for his acrimonious spat with Warner Brothers — and the shenanigans surrounding his name — than for the music he's continued to make. And yet, as a performer, Prince is still undeniable, one of the living best.

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3:35pm

Mon September 1, 2014
Music Reviews

On Final Recording, Joe Beck Exposes Possibilities Of The Guitar

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 3:36 pm

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3:06pm

Tue June 17, 2014
Music Reviews

Album Review: 'While You Were Sleeping'

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 10:28 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: A jazz singer for the hip-hop generation - that's how Jose James was described after he released his first album last year for the famed Blue Note record label. James has now released a follow-up. It's called, While You Were Sleeping. And reviewer Tom Moon says the 35-year-old shows phenomenal growth.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING")

JOSE JAMES: (Singing) Shadows long upon my face. Shadows long upon my face.

TOM MOON, BYLINE: Catch up with Jose James now because he's a rarity - an artist evolving at warp speed.

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3:35pm

Tue February 25, 2014
Music Reviews

Album Review: 'Morning Phase'

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 10:05 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The singer and songwriter Beck is considered one of the most innovative artists of his generation. This week, he released "Morning Phase," his first new album in six years. Critic Tom Moon says the new record returns back to the brooding pop of 2002's "Sea Change," which many consider his best work.

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3:29pm

Wed February 12, 2014
Music Reviews

Album Review: 'Sun Structures,' By Temples

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 7:00 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Finally this hour, a new perspective on the enduring influence of The Beatles. It comes from another four-piece British rock band called Temples. The group is from the town of Kettering. Critics have been raving about them since last summer. Their debut album, "Sun Structures," has now been released here in the U.S. And hearing it might whisk you away to 1960s Liverpool. Here's our critic, Tom Moon.

TOM MOON, BYLINE: If nothing else, Temples has impeccable timing.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SHELTER SONG")

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3:00pm

Fri December 13, 2013
Music Reviews

When Donny Hathaway, Thelonious Monk And Neil Young Hit A Turning Point

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 6:29 pm

Live at the Cellar Door, the new album from Neil Young, was recorded in 1970.
Gary Burden Courtesy of the artist

2:14pm

Mon November 11, 2013
Music Reviews

Pop's Resident Provocateur Fizzles On 'ARTPOP'

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 6:54 pm

Lady Gaga's new album, ARTPOP, is out now.
Inez and Vinoodh Courtesy of the artist

3:14pm

Tue September 17, 2013
Music

Tom Odell: A Polarizing New Voice Shows Promise

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 4:34 pm

Long Way Home is British singer Tom Odell's debut.
Andrew Whitton Courtesy of the artist

3:41pm

Tue May 21, 2013
Music Reviews

Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 4:43 pm

Best known for bright, accessible modern jazz, Pat Metheny takes on an experimental composer's work with the new Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. 20.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Guitarist Pat Metheny is revered for his bright, accessible modern jazz. Saxophonist and composer John Zorn is associated with much knottier, often dissonant experiments.

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3:06pm

Mon April 22, 2013
Music Reviews

Dawes' Story Gets A Fine New Chapter

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 9:14 pm

Dawes' new album is titled Stories Don't End.
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5:30pm

Thu February 28, 2013
Music Reviews

Atoms For Peace: Thom Yorke's Electronic Shadow-World

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 7:44 pm

Atoms For Peace's debut album is called Amok.
Eliot Lee Hazel Courtesy of the artist

When singer Thom Yorke stepped away from his influential rock band Radiohead in 2006 to release The Eraser, many thought the quirky electronic project was a one-off. Not so, it turns out. Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich called on rock-star friends for a tour, and since then, the group has convened occasionally in the studio.

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3:20pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Music Reviews

Jim James: On A Spiritual Quest In The Digital Age

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 8:44 pm

Jim James' solo debut is titled Regions of Light and Sound of God.
Neil Krug Courtesy of the artist

3:46pm

Mon February 4, 2013
Music Reviews

Is Fleetwood Mac's Expanded 'Rumours' A Bit Much?

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 9:29 am

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An expanded version of Fleetwood Mac's 1977 album Rumours comes out this week, to mark the 35th anniversary of one of the top-selling albums of the '70s. The deluxe set includes demos, outtakes from the recording sessions, live recordings and a documentary DVD, along with a vinyl pressing of the original album.

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2:27pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Music Reviews

A 1969 Bootleg Unearths Miles Davis' 'Lost' Quintet

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 5:18 pm

Miles Davis' Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2 is a compilation of previously unreleased material performed by a short-lived incarnation of his touring band.
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After a slew of multidisc sets devoted to key points in the career of Miles Davis, you'd think Columbia Records would have unearthed every speck of consequential music by now. But not quite.

This week, Columbia brings out Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2 — a three-CD, one-DVD set devoted to the jazz maverick's "lost" quintet, his touring band from 1969.

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2:38pm

Tue December 11, 2012
Music Reviews

Bruno Mars Goes Anyplace And Everyplace On 'Jukebox'

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 8:34 pm

Bruno Mars draws inspiration from across the pop landscape on his second album, Unorthodox Jukebox.
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