Tom Moon Since 1983, Tom Moon has been writing about pop, rock, jazz, blues, and the music of the world. For much of that time, he was a music critic at The Philadelphia Inquirer. Moon's work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, GQ, Blender, Spin and more.
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Tom Moon

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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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Jazz Guitarist Peter Bernstein Releases New Version Of 'Signs Live!'

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Gregg Allman's new album, Southern Blood, comes out Sept. 8. It features his touring band, plus guests Jackson Browne, Buddy Miller, The McCrary Sisters and Greg Leisz. Patricia O'Driscoll/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Part of the cover art for Planetarium, the concept album by Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens, James McAlister and Bryce Dessner. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Collaborative Concept Album 'Planetarium' Captures Cosmic Grandeur And Desolation

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The Beach Boys' 1967 – Sunshine Tomorrow includes 54 rarities from 1967, the year Wild Honey was released. Ken Veeder / George Jerman/Capitol Photo Archives/UMe hide caption

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The music Thelonious Monk contributed to the 1959 French film Les Liaisons Dangereuses had never been released until the master tapes were discovered last year. Courtesy of Arnaud Boubet - Private Collection hide caption

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Newly Uncovered Recordings Find Thelonious Monk In His Prime

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Music Review: 'Pleasure,' Feist

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Juana Molina's new album, Halo, comes out May 5. Alejandro Ros/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Review: Juana Molina, 'Halo'

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Thundercat's new album, Drunk, is out now. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On 'Drunk,' Thundercat Weaves Major Pop Hooks Into Minor Life Vignettes

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Nate Smith's debut solo album is Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere. Laura Hanifin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Nate Smith's 'Kinfolk': A Study In Nomadic Jazz

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Dennis Coffey's live recordings offer insight into the success of Motown. Michael Ochs Archives/Courtesy Resonance Records hide caption

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A Club Performance From 1960s Detroit Holds One Key To Motown's Success

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