Tom Moon en 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 61593 at Take 75: Great Solos In 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 60450 at Take 75: Great Solos In Blue Note Records History 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 58710 at First Listen: Thievery Corporation, 'Saudade' Every language has words and phrases that elude easy translation. In Portuguese, "saudade" (pronounced by Brazilians as "sow-DAH-djee") is one of those. Some musicians equate it with the blues; it's generally associated with melancholy and longing. In its most recent bio, the Washington, D.C., electronic duo <a href="">Thievery Corporation</a> defines it as "a longing for something or someone that is lost."<p>Though countless songs have "saudade" in the title, the condition of saudade isn't usually conveyed through words. It's evoked. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 56538 at First Listen: Thievery Corporation, 'Saudade' In Rio, A Universe Of Samba <p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Tom Moon 55454 at In Rio, A Universe Of Samba 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 21:05:00 +0000 Tom Moon 55086 at Album Review: 'Sun Structures,' By 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 22:24:00 +0000 Tom Moon 54380 at First Listen: Tom Brosseau, 'Grass Punks' The opening lament on <a href="">Tom Brosseau</a>'s new <em>Grass Punks</em> is as old as the hills: You don't pay attention to me anymore. In a thin, reedy voice that grows more vulnerable as the song unfolds, Brosseau confronts the reality that he no longer commands his beloved's attention. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Tom Moon 52676 at First Listen: Tom Brosseau, 'Grass Punks' When Donny Hathaway, Thelonious Monk And Neil Young Hit A Turning Point <p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:35:00 +0000 Tom Moon 51167 at When Donny Hathaway, Thelonious Monk And Neil Young Hit A Turning Point Pop's Resident Provocateur Fizzles On 'ARTPOP' <p></p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:14:00 +0000 Tom Moon 49404 at Pop's Resident Provocateur Fizzles On 'ARTPOP'