Moon Hotel Lounge Project

Tom Moon, a journalist and music critic who won an award for 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You die (Workman Publishing), steps out of the critic’s chair to record his first album with Moon Hotel Lounge Project. Frosty Cordial Records will release Into the Ojala by Kevin Hanson (Fractals guitarist). Moon composed nine original compositions for the instrumental. He also covered “Rock of Ages” by the gospel singer. Moon worked with many Philadelphia jazz legends to create a sound that blends jazz, bossa Nova, and lounge music. Moon then sought out musicians whose music he had written years ago, including members from the Fractals. The album was recorded with seven musicians: Moon on tenor and Behn Gillece, Mike Frank on acoustic guitar and Fender Rhodes electric keyboard, Mike Frank on vibes, Mike Frank playing acoustic and Fender Rhodes pianos, Kevin Hanson on guitar, Jim Stager, Erik Johnson, Josh Robinson and Josh Robinson, all performing live in the studio. The recording process gives Into the Ojala a feeling of spontaneous creation with a focus on harmony and group interaction. Moon’s visit to the 1000 Recordings book tour inspired Into the Ojala. “Lounge design has undergone a major transformation in recent years. These spaces are temporary, almost empty slates. Most of the clientele is out of home and looking for a neutral place with few requirements, a place to take a break before setting off for an exciting evening or meeting. Moon notes. Moon, a saxophonist who has performed with the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra, said that there was a conceptual component to the project. As a Philadelphia Inquirer music critic, Moon covered pop, rock and jazz as well as blues, jazz, hip-hop, and world music. He has also contributed to NPR’s All Things Considered since 1994. Moon’s work is also featured in 1000 Recordings before You Die and The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. He has written for Rolling Stone and GQ as well as Blender, Spin, Vibe and has received several awards including two ASCAP Deems Taylor Music Journalism Awards. Moon Hotel Lounge Project, a Philadelphia-based group, is trying to make a new sound in the lounge. This is what could be playing in the lobby of the Toyko hotel, which is located in Lost In Translation. Members

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