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 // 27 Articles
Columns // 99 Articles
Reviews // 539 Articles
Blogs // 4 Articles
//Features

We Are the Hope: An Interview With Jazz Master Wynton Marsalis | 5 Apr 2016 // 9:00 PM

Marsalis speaks to PopMatters about The Absynnian Mass, his inspirations, compositional techniques, and the reason he plays music.

John Scofield: A Guitar Hero for Jazz and Beyond | 7 Oct 2015 // 9:02 PM

John Scofield's new recording, Past Present, is a revival of his very best jazz group and an affirmation that pop joy can live inside of jazz.

//Columns

The Triumphant Emptiness of Snarky Puppy | 29 Feb 2016 // 9:30 PM

If an iTunes library on shuffle needed a house band, Snarky Puppy would be it.

The Kamasi Washington Phenomenon | 14 Jan 2016 // 9:00 PM

PopMatters' jazz critics didn't include Kamasi Washington's The Epic on their "Best of 2015" list, despite its huge acclaim by mainstream critics. Here's why.

//Reviews

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom: Otis Was a Polar Bear | 21 Apr 2016 // 9:15 PM

The eclectic drummer fronts her best jazz band ever, setting up clarinet, cornet, violin, and piano to fly free and have fun. Allison Miller is a force.

Ryan Keberle and Catharsis: Azul Infinito | 13 Mar 2016 // 10:15 PM

South American music and jazz brilliantly merged by one of our best trombonists with the help of rising star vocalist Camila Meza

//Blogs

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
//Blogs

Difficulty As Tone in 'Hyper Light Drifter'

// Moving Pixels

"Hyper Light Drifter's creates a certain tone -- melancholy resignation mixed with a feeling of just barely scraping by -- that wouldn’t be possible in an easier game.

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