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.
Sunday, February 3 2013
The recently released early recordings of Louis Armstrong remind us that no one made a more complete contribution to art in the 20th century.
Tuesday, January 15 2013
New Pornographers frontman and solo artist Carl "A.C." Newman talks about his failure to be a real rock star and how an almost painful self-consciousness creates his work.
Wednesday, December 12 2012
Jazz today remains the music that stays alive through a remarkable alchemy. On this list, traditions that go back to the jazz roots co-exist with modern pop tunes, and the avant-garde edges of the music blend in fluid ease with tonal beauty.
Sunday, December 9 2012
At just 14 years old, hearing "Take Five" leap off the vinyl initiated us boys into all the things that would soon come to matter: abandon and sex, ecstasy and intelligence, serious ideas and sensual pleasure in one package.
Tuesday, August 14 2012
PopMatters interviews guitarist Derek Trucks about his new live album and recent tour with the Tedeschi Trucks Band and what it's like to collaborate with his wife -- and many other brilliant musicians -- every night on the road.
Thursday, January 30 2014
Some will tar a record with being “commercial” due to preset notions of what one might think an artist should be doing, rather than listening for what he actually is doing.
Monday, December 9 2013
This was another banner year for Latin Jazz, a genre that is so rich and established that it hardly a subset of jazz as much as a glorious thing unto itself.
Sunday, November 17 2013
The year 2013 has featured some of the most exceptional and inventive orchestral jazz in years.
Monday, October 21 2013
Chuck Haddix's new biography of the great alto saxophonist unearths fresh details of his early life—and helps us to see more clearly his genius and his tragedy.
Tuesday, September 10 2013
The great jazz pianist and NPR host of "Piano Jazz", Marian McPartland, left us a few weeks ago. She will be missed.
Sunday, February 16 2014
A soul-jazz Blue Note debut for Jose James's trumpet man. Tasty if somewhat samey.
Thursday, January 16 2014
A truly great album, out of print for a decade, is back, tracing the emergence of a brilliant songwriter.
Sunday, January 12 2014
One of Dizzy’s wonderful mid-career dates for Pablo gets a reissue.
Tuesday, January 7 2014
Another band led by the always-fresh jazz vibraphone master.
Wednesday, December 4 2013
The great band featuring Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, and Tony Williams, at its best.
Wednesday, December 14 2011
This week we presented our Best 75 Albums of 2011. Here are several more just bubbling under the top 75...
Sunday, December 13 2009
The Apples in Stereo - #1 Hits Explosion - Yep Roc [$13.98]