January 25, 2001 Music critic Tom Moon reviews the soulful sounds of Erykah Badu on a CD called Mama's Gun. Her music is a mix of 70's soul and modern hip hop. Moon says that on this record, through improvisation, Badu has found a way to make hip-hop regain its spontaneity.
Marvin Gaye in concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
Evening Standard/Getty Images
August 7, 2000 Marvin Gaye's classic faced the forces shaping American culture at the beginning of the '70s.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/1080444/88513765" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
American jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins and jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in concert with the Cannonball Adderley Quintet, November 27th, 1960.
March 6, 2000 Tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins' 1939 performance of "Body and Soul" was a great evolutionary leap for jazz. It became a hit right away, but Hawkins never played it the same way again, preferring to create new styles rather than replay those already in the jazz vernacular.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/1071243/18713417" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
American jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis sits with his horn during a studio recording session, October 1959.
Hulton Archive/Getty Images
January 24, 2000 Reviewer Tom Moon gives a listen to the classic 1959 jazz recording Kind of Blue. The album is considered a tour de force of improvisation in which Miles Davis confronts a radical notion in the recording process — and does so with grace and poise.
August 19, 1999 Moby has created his hip-hop CD Play using samples of old gospel and folk blues recordings. Reviewer Tom Moon says that the old recordings humanize the clinical, cold sound of electronic music.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor