Will Layman
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Will Layman is a writer, teacher and musician living in the Washington, DC area. He is a contributor to National Public Radio and frequently appears as a guest on WNYC's "Soundcheck" as a jazz critic. He plays both funk and jazz in the bars and clubs in and near the nation's capital. His fiction and humor appear in print and online.

Features // 25 Articles
Columns // 93 Articles
Reviews // 532 Articles
Blogs // 4 Articles

Jazz of the '00s: Jumping Past the Great Divide | 21 Sep 2014 // 9:14 PM

The jazz of the '00s jumped past the great divide of earlier years, obliterating the distinction between tradition and avant-garde, jazz and pop, letting the genre blossom.

Nickel Creek Returns to Recording and Touring with 'A Dotted Line' | 7 Apr 2014 // 9:14 PM

PopMatters got an advance listen to the new recording from the "newgrass" sensation -- and an interview with guitarist Sean Watkins.


The Resurgent Power of Miles Davis' Late Music | 16 Jul 2015 // 9:30 PM

A new box set of Miles Davis' appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival remind us of his restless need to evolve -- and several new records remind us of how his later styles live on.

Steve Coleman's Analogies in Various Places | 17 Jun 2015 // 9:15 PM

The music constantly shifts and moves in Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance's Synovial Joints, flexing one set of instruments against another in a creative tension.


Robert Glasper: Covered (The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live at Capital Studios) | 23 Jul 2015 // 9:10 PM

The Best R&B Grammy winner who is really a jazz pianist does both on this acoustic trio record.

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bird Calls | 2 Mar 2015 // 9:03 PM

A hard-edged evocation of the free blues spirit of Charlie Parker by a modern saxophonist with the spirit to get Bird right.


Bubbling Under the 75 Best Albums of 2011: Tedeschi Trucks Band | 14 Dec 2011 // 3:00 AM

This week we presented our Best 75 Albums of 2011. Here are several more just bubbling under the top 75...

The Apples in Stereo: #1 Hits Explosion | 13 Dec 2009 // 5:30 AM

The Apples in Stereo - #1 Hits Explosion - Yep Roc [$13.98]

//Mixed media

Anderson East Ignites a Fire at Mercury Lounge

// Notes from the Road

"Hot off the release of his album Delilah Anderson East's performance was full of vim and vigor.

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