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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3:18pm

Tue December 2, 2014
Remembrances

Rolling Stones Saxophonist Bobby Keys Dies

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 5:24 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Saxophonist Bobby Keys was still a teenager when he started playing with his fellow Texan Buddy Holly and pop star Bobby Vee. Later, he joined up with the Rolling Stones. And for more than 40 years, Bobby Keys' powerful sax was a key part of their sound.

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4:12pm

Tue November 11, 2014
Music Reviews

Inside The Wall: Pink Floyd's 'Final' Album Is Process On Display

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 11:38 am

Pink Floyd's new album is titled The Endless River.
Albert Watson Courtesy of the artist

In typically grandiose fashion, Pink Floyd has created its own requiem.

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4:06pm

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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3:20pm

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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3:58pm

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.
Courtesy of the artist

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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