Tom Moon http://ktep.org en A Sax Trio Taps Tradition While Thriving In The Present http://ktep.org/post/sax-trio-taps-tradition-while-thriving-present <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AueMO4N2BLA</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Tom Moon 44752 at http://ktep.org A Sax Trio Taps Tradition While Thriving In The Present Album Review: 'While You Were Sleeping' http://ktep.org/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 42887 at http://ktep.org Take 75: Great Solos In Blue Note Records History http://ktep.org/post/take-75-great-solos-blue-note-records-history Blue Note Records has been many things over the course of its 75 years: a label responsible for blinding jazz innovations, a home for the titans of hard bop and soul jazz, a place for smart, sly, jazz-inflected pop creations.<p>One constant running throughout its history is improvisation. Its records have showcased jazz soloing in every possible mood and temperament. Thu, 29 May 2014 00:58:00 +0000 Tom Moon & Patrick Jarenwattananon 41609 at http://ktep.org Take 75: Great Solos In Blue Note Records History Album Review: 'Everyday Robots' http://ktep.org/post/album-review-everyday-robots Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Damon Albarn's first solo album is out today. Albarn was the frontman of the acclaimed British rock band Blur in the '90s, and since 2000, he has spearheaded the multi-platinum group Gorillaz.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE WINDMILL")<p>GORILLAZ: (Singing) Take it all it on your stride. And it's sticking, falling down. Love forever...<p>SIEGEL: Reviewer Tom Moon says Albarn's new work seeks out the flipside to the Gorillaz' manic intensity. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 39668 at http://ktep.org In Rio, A Universe Of Samba http://ktep.org/post/rio-universe-samba <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vn9XK1c91c</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK9hZVbeBFk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFfwRYf3YzE</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Tom Moon 35993 at http://ktep.org In Rio, A Universe Of Samba Album Review: 'Morning Phase' http://ktep.org/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 35499 at http://ktep.org Album Review: 'Sun Structures,' By Temples http://ktep.org/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 34695 at http://ktep.org When Donny Hathaway, Thelonious Monk And Neil Young Hit A Turning Point http://ktep.org/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 21:35:00 +0000 Tom Moon 30859 at http://ktep.org When Donny Hathaway, Thelonious Monk And Neil Young Hit A Turning Point Steady And Swingin': Tootie Keeps The Tempo http://ktep.org/post/steady-and-swingin-tootie-keeps-tempo Since playing on <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15394783/john-coltrane" target="_blank">John Coltrane</a>'s first release in 1957, drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath has participated in a number of landmark jazz records. Now 78, the musician is featured in a new trio session with players nearly half his age — pianist Ethan Iverson of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15182358/the-bad-plus" target="_blank">The Bad Plus</a> and bassist Ben Street. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:21:00 +0000 Tom Moon 26185 at http://ktep.org Steady And Swingin': Tootie Keeps The Tempo Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World http://ktep.org/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 20:55:00 +0000 Tom Moon 17308 at http://ktep.org Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World Dawes' Story Gets A Fine New Chapter http://ktep.org/post/dawes-story-gets-fine-new-chapter <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH8Jjz6PRYk</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:38:00 +0000 Tom Moon 15309 at http://ktep.org Dawes' Story Gets A Fine New Chapter Phil Ramone, A Record Producer Who Made Simplicity Sound Sublime, Dies http://ktep.org/post/phil-ramone-record-producer-who-made-simplicity-sound-sublime-has-died <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo9t5XK0FhA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ealy0P7bicQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY9Pv_aTmnE</p> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 19:43:00 +0000 Tom Moon 13807 at http://ktep.org Phil Ramone, A Record Producer Who Made Simplicity Sound Sublime, Dies Atoms For Peace: Thom Yorke's Electronic Shadow-World http://ktep.org/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 11832 at http://ktep.org Atoms For Peace: Thom Yorke's Electronic Shadow-World Is Fleetwood Mac's Expanded 'Rumours' A Bit Much? http://ktep.org/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 21:46:00 +0000 Tom Moon 10190 at http://ktep.org Is Fleetwood Mac's Expanded 'Rumours' A Bit Much? A 1969 Bootleg Unearths Miles Davis' 'Lost' Quintet http://ktep.org/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 9866 at http://ktep.org A 1969 Bootleg Unearths Miles Davis' 'Lost' Quintet Elina Duni: Love, Lust And Albanian Folk Songs http://ktep.org/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 19:13:00 +0000 Tom Moon 3422 at http://ktep.org Elina Duni: Love, Lust And Albanian Folk Songs