Tom Moon http://kanw.com en Album Review: 'While You Were Sleeping' http://kanw.com/post/album-review-while-you-were-sleeping Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: A jazz singer for the hip-hop generation - that's how Jose James was described after he released his first album last year for the famed Blue Note record label. James has now released a follow-up. It's called, While You Were Sleeping. And reviewer Tom Moon says the 35-year-old shows phenomenal growth.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING")<p>JOSE JAMES: (Singing) Shadows long upon my face. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Tom Moon 44711 at http://kanw.com Album Review: 'Morning Phase' http://kanw.com/post/album-review-morning-phase Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The singer and songwriter Beck is considered one of the most innovative artists of his generation. This week, he released "Morning Phase," his first new album in six years. Critic Tom Moon says the new record returns back to the brooding pop of 2002's "Sea Change," which many consider his best work.<p>TOM MOON: We hear it constantly. Everything in this on-demand culture seems to be moving fast and getting faster. Here's an exception: The new songs from noted contrarian Beck. They're slow. Deliciously, magnificently slow. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Tom Moon 39867 at http://kanw.com Album Review: 'Sun Structures,' By Temples http://kanw.com/post/album-review-sun-structures-temples Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Finally this hour, a new perspective on the enduring influence of The Beatles. It comes from another four-piece British rock band called Temples. The group is from the town of Kettering. Critics have been raving about them since last summer. Their debut album, "Sun Structures," has now been released here in the U.S. And hearing it might whisk you away to 1960s Liverpool. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Tom Moon 39347 at http://kanw.com When Donny Hathaway, Thelonious Monk And Neil Young Hit A Turning Point http://kanw.com/post/when-donny-hathaway-thelonious-monk-and-neil-young-hit-turning-point <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zP14N9ZQcE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kROre63J0Lw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAQhtkWB0RU</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Tom Moon 36944 at http://kanw.com When Donny Hathaway, Thelonious Monk And Neil Young Hit A Turning Point Pop's Resident Provocateur Fizzles On 'ARTPOP' http://kanw.com/post/pops-resident-provocateur-fizzles-artpop <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP3ctBs3510</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:14:00 +0000 Tom Moon 35625 at http://kanw.com Pop's Resident Provocateur Fizzles On 'ARTPOP' Tom Odell: A Polarizing New Voice Shows Promise http://kanw.com/post/tom-odell-polarizing-new-voice-shows-promise <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rgHYP0dD_4</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:14:00 +0000 Tom Moon 33343 at http://kanw.com Tom Odell: A Polarizing New Voice Shows Promise Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World http://kanw.com/post/pat-metheny-and-john-zorn-vivid-sound-world Guitarist <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CCwQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.npr.org%2Fartists%2F15124280%2Fpat-metheny&ei=-tebUbSCINf-4APLkICAAQ&usg=AFQjCNHXjWctRNt3bG2V1msmN_686O3S0w&sig2=PZZXJTdrbtVPfD-eaYgRRw&bvm=bv.46751780,d.dmg" target="_blank">Pat Metheny</a> is revered for his bright, accessible modern jazz. Saxophonist and composer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15510102/john-zorn">John Zorn</a> is associated with much knottier, often dissonant experiments. Metheny's new <em>Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. Tue, 21 May 2013 20:41:00 +0000 Tom Moon 28188 at http://kanw.com Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World Dawes' Story Gets A Fine New Chapter http://kanw.com/post/dawes-story-gets-fine-new-chapter <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH8Jjz6PRYk</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:06:00 +0000 Tom Moon 26914 at http://kanw.com Dawes' Story Gets A Fine New Chapter Atoms For Peace: Thom Yorke's Electronic Shadow-World http://kanw.com/post/atoms-peace-thom-yorkes-electronic-shadow-world When singer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15182392/thom-yorke">Thom Yorke</a> stepped away from his influential rock band <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15152697/radiohead">Radiohead</a> in 2006 to release <em>The Eraser</em>, many thought the quirky electronic project was a one-off. Not so, it turns out. Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich called on rock-star friends for a tour, and since then, the group has convened occasionally in the studio. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:30:00 +0000 Tom Moon 24818 at http://kanw.com Atoms For Peace: Thom Yorke's Electronic Shadow-World Jim James: On A Spiritual Quest In The Digital Age http://kanw.com/post/jim-james-spiritual-quest-digital-age <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsvTfaAAVBg</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 21:20:00 +0000 Tom Moon 24189 at http://kanw.com Jim James: On A Spiritual Quest In The Digital Age Is Fleetwood Mac's Expanded 'Rumours' A Bit Much? http://kanw.com/post/fleetwood-macs-expanded-rumours-bit-much <em>An expanded version of </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/102442872/fleetwood-mac" target="_blank">Fleetwood Mac</a><em>'s 1977 album </em>Rumours<em> comes out this week, to mark the 35th anniversary of one of the top-selling albums of the '70s. The deluxe set includes demos, outtakes from the recording sessions, live recordings and a documentary DVD, along with a vinyl pressing of the original album. </em><p>The original 11 songs of the pop-rock classic <em>Rumours</em> can be experienced easily in one sitting. Apparently, that's just not enough anymore. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 21:32:00 +0000 Tom Moon 23797 at http://kanw.com Is Fleetwood Mac's Expanded 'Rumours' A Bit Much? A 1969 Bootleg Unearths Miles Davis' 'Lost' Quintet http://kanw.com/post/1969-bootleg-unearths-miles-davis-lost-quintet After a slew of multidisc sets devoted to key points in the career of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15368370/miles-davis" target="_blank">Miles Davis</a>, you'd think Columbia Records would have unearthed every speck of consequential music by now. But not quite.<p>This week, Columbia brings out <em>Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 20:27:00 +0000 Tom Moon 23599 at http://kanw.com A 1969 Bootleg Unearths Miles Davis' 'Lost' Quintet Bruno Mars Goes Anyplace And Everyplace On 'Jukebox' http://kanw.com/post/bruno-mars-goes-anyplace-and-everyplace-jukebox <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-fA-gBCkj0</p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 20:38:00 +0000 Tom Moon 21810 at http://kanw.com Bruno Mars Goes Anyplace And Everyplace On 'Jukebox' Neil Young Still Vital On 'Psychedelic Pill' http://kanw.com/post/neil-young-still-vital-psychedelic-pill <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bemz-7fofcs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCbEOT4PTDc</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 18:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 20236 at http://kanw.com Neil Young Still Vital On 'Psychedelic Pill' Elina Duni: Love, Lust And Albanian Folk Songs http://kanw.com/post/elina-duni-love-lust-and-albanian-folk-songs The spread of formal jazz education has created a new breed of global musician: one who uses improvisation, and other devices associated with jazz, to transform folk and traditional music. The Albanian singer Elina Duni is part of this rising class. Her latest release, <em>Matane Malit </em>("Beyond the Mountain"), offers a transfixing balance of old and new.<p>When Duni was growing up, the singer and composer says she didn't pay much attention to the folk music loved by her grandparents. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:11:00 +0000 Tom Moon 19848 at http://kanw.com Elina Duni: Love, Lust And Albanian Folk Songs Lianne La Havas: A Cool Antidote For Late Summer's Heat http://kanw.com/post/lianne-la-havas-cool-antidote-late-summers-heat It's gotten to that point in the dog days of August where the air is stale and nothing seems to be moving. But sometimes all it takes to snap me out of a late-summer heat coma is the sound of a new and electrifying voice — like that of Lianne La Havas.<p>The first thing that grabbed me about the 22-year-old British singer was a curious moment halfway through a song called "Lost & Found" on her debut record, <em>Is Your Love Big Enough?</em> The music is moving at a stately, confessional pace. She's sharing a lot, maybe too much, about being hurt by a lover. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 20:34:00 +0000 Tom Moon 16781 at http://kanw.com Lianne La Havas: A Cool Antidote For Late Summer's Heat A Posthumous Masterpiece Adds To E.S.T.'s Legacy http://kanw.com/post/posthumous-masterpiece-adds-ests-legacy When the pianist Esbjorn Svensson died in a scuba accident in 2008, many fans of his group, the Swedish trio known as <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/88608964/e-s-t" target="_blank">E.S.T.</a>, wondered if there might be some unreleased experiments lurking in a studio vault. There were. Just out is a disc called <em>301,</em> which was recorded in 2008 during sessions for the group's final album.<p>Usually the posthumous album is a downer, a collection of scraps that don't add much to a legacy, but that's not the case with <em>301</em>. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 20:10:00 +0000 Tom Moon 14802 at http://kanw.com A Posthumous Masterpiece Adds To E.S.T.'s Legacy Melody Gardot Aims For The Space Between Notes http://kanw.com/post/melody-gardot-aims-space-between-notes The other day, I had a conversation with <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/87997625/melody-gardot">Melody Gardot</a> about space. Not outer space, but the space between notes in her music. These days, there's lots of it.<p>When she began making her new album, <em>The Absence</em>, Gardot says the thing she wanted most was a clean, uncluttered sound — something resembling Brazil's beloved bossa nova from the 1960s. She came up with coy, understated melodies and set them to rhythms that feel as natural as an ocean breeze. Thu, 31 May 2012 20:01:00 +0000 Tom Moon 13730 at http://kanw.com Melody Gardot Aims For The Space Between Notes Dr. John: Swamp Grooves From The Bayou Underworld http://kanw.com/post/dr-john-swamp-grooves-bayou-underworld Right now, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/102424474/dan-auerbach">Dan Auerbach</a> is living a rock-star moment, with his hard-hitting blues-rock duo <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15193815/the-black-keys" target="_blank">The Black Keys</a> selling out arenas all over the country. Lots of people want him on their records. So what does he do? He seeks out the 71-year-old <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14987602/dr-john" target="_blank">Dr. Tue, 03 Apr 2012 19:10:00 +0000 Tom Moon 11207 at http://kanw.com Dr. John: Swamp Grooves From The Bayou Underworld Review: Two New Perspectives On Jazz, Gospel http://kanw.com/post/review-two-new-perspectives-jazz-gospel Critic Tom Moon reviews two contrasting perspectives on the intersection of jazz and gospel music. Multi-instrumentalist Don Byron has just released "Love, Peace and Soul" featuring his New Gospel Quintet. Also out is a set of duets between the late pianist Hank Jones and bassist Charlie Haden, titled "Come Sunday." Moon says the two projects reimagine old-time religious tunes in surprisingly different ways. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 21:16:00 +0000 Tom Moon 10162 at http://kanw.com