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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

Sunday, September 21 2014

Jazz of the '00s: Jumping Past the Great Divide

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.


Monday, April 7 2014

Nickel Creek Returns to Recording and Touring with 'A Dotted Line'

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


Sunday, February 3 2013

The Permanence of Pops: Louis Armstrong and American Music

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

"Very Self-Conscious About Everything": An Interview with A.C. Newman

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

The Best Jazz of 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.


Columns

Sunday, January 18 2015

The 2015 Grammys Get Jazz Mostly Wrong, a Little Right

Grammy nominations in jazz are rarely adventurous and usually confusing. Yet this year's slate is intriguing.


Tuesday, December 9 2014

Six Shots in Ferguson, One Night in New York

Trumpeter Igmar Thomas and his haunting tune, "The Hunted", sums up the most difficult lesson of 2014.


Wednesday, November 19 2014

New Riffs From Jazz Lips: From Eminem to Sun Ra

There's an unending flow of vocal jazz these days, which is a blessing and a curse. Beyond the glut of rehashed standards from 50 years ago, some original work shines.


Wednesday, October 22 2014

Jazz May Be Reeling in Terms of Record Sales, But It's Thriving As an Art Form

What if today’s jazz is a little bit Bill Frisell and a little bit Ornette Coleman?


Thursday, September 25 2014

Singing Across Continents: An Interview with Somi

Somi is a not-exactly jazz singer with roots in Africa and the American midwest, and she has made the year's most amazing record, evoking the spirit of Lagos, Nigeria.


Double Standards [16.Jul.08]
Bass Reflections [16.Oct.07]

Reviews

Wednesday, January 21 2015

Michael Blake: Tiddy Boom

A relaxed but interesting tribute to tenor sax giants Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young from one of today's most eloquent players.


Sunday, January 11 2015

Charlie Haden - Jim Hall: Charlie Haden - Jim Hall

An undiscovered duet concert between the two jazz musicians whose 2014 passing hurts the most.


Sunday, January 4 2015

Chick Corea Trio: Trilogy

Three long discs of the jazz pianist with a great trio but playing mostly music we’ve heard from him many times before.


Wednesday, December 17 2014

Nikki Yanofsky: Little Secret

She started as a pre-teen Ella Fitzgerald clone, flirted with being Norah Jones, and now (at 20) finally sounds like the young pop singer she is...despite some lingering belief that she needs to "give jazz new life".


Monday, December 8 2014

Wadada Leo Smith: Red Hill

The out-trumpet icon teams with Jamie Saft, Joe Morris, and Balazs Pandi, making six bracing free improvisations that hark back to the 1970s and come fully up to date.


NRBQ: Brass Tacks [18.Jun.14]
Keith Jarrett: Rio [28.Nov.11]
Keren Ann: 101 [22.Mar.11]
Vijay Iyer: Solo [19.Oct.10]
Commonwealth [22.Jul.08]
Fieldwork: Door [13.Jul.08]
Cuong Vu: Vu-tet [17.Apr.08]
Joe Jackson: Rain [27.Jan.08]
Tahiti 80: Fosbury [28.Jan.07]
Richard Bona: Tiki [13.Dec.06]
Sex Mob: Sexotica [31.Aug.06]
KEM: Album II [16.May.05]

Blogs

Wednesday, December 14 2011

Bubbling Under the 75 Best Albums of 2011: Tedeschi Trucks Band

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

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


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