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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Music Reviews
2:29 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Review: 'Covered,' Robert Glasper

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 6:56 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

When he started the Robert Glasper Experiment, the pianist was trying to blend hip-hop, jazz and R-and-B into a new sound.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CHERISH THE DAY")

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun June 21, 2015

Review: Neil Young + Promise Of The Real, 'The Monsanto Years'

Neil Young's new album, The Monsanto Years, comes out June 30.
Pegi Young Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:20 am

A few songs into the latest set of ready-to-wear rants from Neil Young, there's a moment when the rock star shares a bit of the advice he gets as he goes about his daily life — from fans, possibly, or a manager, or maybe the barista in his coffee shop.

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Music Reviews
2:44 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Review: 'The Bad Plus Joshua Redman,' Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 4:53 pm

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

Review: Richard Thompson, 'Still'

Richard Thompson's new album, Still, comes out June 23.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:18 pm

Richard Thompson's 16th solo album Still closes with an unusual homage to his longstanding sources of inspiration. It's called "Guitar Heroes," and though it's predominantly a standard jump blues, it's laced with extended interludes in which Thompson — arguably the most under-appreciated guitar hero currently recording — tips his hat to Django Reinhardt, Les Paul and other titans.

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Music Reviews
3:25 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Review: 'Monterey,' The Milk Carton Kids

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:01 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The Milk Carton Kids want to be a part of your road journeys this summer. They're an indie-folk duo with a new album full of songs about being on the move. It's called "Monterey," and Tom Moon has our review.

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Music Reviews
2:34 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Review: 'In The Beginning,' Wes Montgomery

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 4:45 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

He was one of the most influential guitarists of all time.

(SOUNDBITE OF WES MONTGOMERY SONG, "AIREGIN")

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

Review: Dawes, 'All Your Favorite Bands'

Dawes' new album, All Your Favorite Bands, comes out June 2.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:26 pm

The young man sounds a bit shaken. His lover, perhaps the love of his life, has departed. He's surveying his options, talking to her even though she's not there, the way the jilted sometimes do. "I could wring out each memory until I get every drop."

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Review: Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus, 'The Bad Plus Joshua Redman'

Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus' new album, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, comes out May 26.
Cameron Wittig Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:35 pm

For the last two years, pianist Ethan Iverson has been at the center of what looks, in hindsight, like a serious creative whirlwind. He re-conceptualized Stravinsky's ballet The Rite Of Spring in its entirety (!) for his trio The Bad Plus, and then, for good measure, recorded an album of all-original Bad Plus music (Inevitable Western).

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Music
2:34 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

For The Word, Gospel Is More About A Feeling

On The Word's new album, Soul Food, the group tackles traditional gospel grooves and seriously funky backbeats.
Jay Adkins Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 5:23 pm

For some people, gospel music is all about the message — of faith and forbearance, sin and salvation. For the members of the mostly instrumental supergroup known as The Word, gospel is more about a feeling. The group's long-awaited second album, Soul Food, is a rousing, thoroughly modern take on gospel.

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Music
2:40 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

'Sound & Color' A Bold Leap Forward For Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes' new album, Sound & Color, is powered by more than just the vocals of Brittany Howard.
Brantley Gutierrez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 4:23 pm

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