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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Prince's first posthumous release, Piano & a Microphone 1983, proves the singer approached everything, even an unfinished idea, as a performance. Allen Beaulieu/Courtesy of the Prince Estate hide caption

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Prince Fans Get First Look At His Vault With 'Piano & A Microphone 1983'

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Dev Hynes a.k.a Blood Orange performs during FYF Fest 2016 in Los Angeles. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Blood Orange Bottles The Spirit Of An Outsider In Soulful Sweetness

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Dirty Projectors' Lamp Lit Prose is available now. Jason Frank Rothenberg/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Dirty Projectors' New Album Is A Magic Pop Elixir To Forget Your Troubles

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On 'Childqueen,' Kadhja Bonet Makes Nearly Every Sound Herself

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It's the wonder of encore career wonders: On You're Driving Me Crazy, Van Morrison sounds sharp as ever working with Joey DeFrancesco's hard-swinging group. Richard Wade/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Van Morrison And Joey DeFrancesco Make A Lethal Addition To An Old Canon

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On Brad Mehldau's new album, he alternates keyboard works by J.S. Bach with his own jazz-inflected explorations. Michael Wilson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'After Bach' Offers Brad Mehldau's Well-Tempered Jazz

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Bad Plus Seems Jolted Alive On 'Never Stop II'

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