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 // 29 Articles
Columns // 104 Articles
Reviews // 555 Articles
Blogs // 4 Articles
//Features

"Music Is Up There and You Can't Touch It": Macy Gray Talks About Her New Album 'Stripped' | 2 Oct 2016 // 8:35 PM

The soul singer's latest was made with just one microphone and four jazz musicians covering mostly her older hits. Simplicity has its merits.

On My Own Planet: An Interview With Musical Chameleon Petra Haden | 2 Jun 2016 // 1:42 AM

Haden has played with the Decemberists, Iggy Pop, Paul Motian, and others. The ubiquitous, multi-talented artist shares her ideas on, well, almost everything.

//Columns

Finding the Sublime in Jazz, an Argument for Abstraction | 21 Nov 2016 // 9:00 PM

Jazz columnist Will Layman presents seven pieces of music as evidence of the beauty and urgency of pure sound in instrumental jazz.

No Piano, Please! | 19 Oct 2016 // 2:19 AM

Four recent releases demonstrate the stylistic range and power of jazz that isn't hemmed in by chords.

//Reviews

Mary Halvorson Octet: Away With You | 30 Nov 2016 // 8:20 PM

The quirky guitarist expands her septet to include pedal steel and creates landscapes that push the players to real invention.

Kris Davis: Duopoly | 20 Nov 2016 // 8:10 PM

A new jazz pianist in careful dialogue with Bill Frisell, Craig Taborn, Don Byron, and five other great players: half written, half freely improvised.

//Blogs

Bubbling Under the 75 Best Albums of 2011: Tedeschi Trucks Band | 14 Dec 2011 // 2:00 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 // 4:30 AM

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

//Mixed media
//Blogs

'Cube Escape' Is Free, Frustrating, and Weirdly Compelling

// Moving Pixels

"The Cube Escape games are awful puzzle games, but they're an addicting descent into madness.

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