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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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3:53pm

Mon April 20, 2015
Music Reviews

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

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 5:23 pm

Alabama Shakes' new album, Sound & Color, is powered by more than just the vocals of Brittany Howard.
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4:48pm

Tue February 3, 2015
Music Reviews

Dylan The Crooner

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 10:02 am

Detail from the cover art of Bob Dylan's new album-length Frank Sinatra tribute, Shadows in the Night.
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Bard. Voice of a generation. Bob Dylan has been called many things over the years. With his new album, Shadows in the Night, the 73-year-old aims for another title: crooner.

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3:52pm

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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3:07pm

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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3:44pm

Tue July 15, 2014
Music Reviews

A Sax Trio Taps Tradition While Thriving In The Present

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 6:23 pm

Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio released its self-titled debut album in June.
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Melissa Aldana, who became the first female instrumentalist and first South American musician to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition last fall, is not the average talent-contest winner.

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