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 // 30 Articles
Columns // 104 Articles
Reviews // 560 Articles
Blogs // 4 Articles
//Features

The Best Jazz of 2016 | 4 Dec 2016 // 8:30 PM

These are the 20 "best" jazz records of 2016 identified in stylistic diads, ranked loosely from most sublime to merely breathtaking.

"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.

//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

Wolfgang Muthspiel: Rising Grace | 20 Dec 2016 // 5:51 AM

The Austrian jazz guitarist plays beautifully in his third outing for ECM with a remarkable band featuring Larry Grenadier, Brian Blade, Brad Mehldau, and Ambrose Akinmusire.

Andrew Cyrille and Bill McHenry: Proximity | 15 Dec 2016 // 8:15 PM

In the tradition of Coltrane and Rashid Ali, a tenor saxophonist and an esteemed drummer play clear and free in duets.

//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

That Ribbon of Highway: Sharon Jones Re-shapes Woody Guthrie's Song

// Sound Affects

"Sharon Jones and Woodie Guthrie knew: great songs belong to everybody.

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