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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3:54pm

Tue June 23, 2015
Music Reviews

Review: 'Covered,' Robert Glasper

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 7:56 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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3:34pm

Thu May 7, 2015
Music

For The Word, Gospel Is More About A Feeling

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 6:23 pm

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

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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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.
Brantley Gutierrez Courtesy of the artist

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.
Album cover

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).
Courtesy of the artist

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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