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 // 25 Articles
Columns // 94 Articles
Reviews // 534 Articles
Blogs // 4 Articles
//Features

Jazz of the '00s: Jumping Past the Great Divide | 21 Sep 2014 // 9:14 PM

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.

Nickel Creek Returns to Recording and Touring with 'A Dotted Line' | 7 Apr 2014 // 9:14 PM

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

//Columns

What's So Smooth About the New Smooth Jazz? | 12 Aug 2015 // 9:30 PM

Recent work from a group of young musicians, beautifully represented by the new Supreme Sonacy from Revive Music, makes it cool again to put out jazz that wants to be popular.

The Resurgent Power of Miles Davis' Late Music | 16 Jul 2015 // 9:30 PM

A new box set of Miles Davis' appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival remind us of his restless need to evolve -- and several new records remind us of how his later styles live on.

//Reviews

The John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet: Brooklyn | 25 Aug 2015 // 9:05 PM

A surprising album from the astonishing bassist, playing only electric along with guitarists Adam Rogers and Steve Cardenas, along with Brian Blade on drums.

The Bad Plus Joshua Redman: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman | 3 Aug 2015 // 9:05 PM

Two jazz "stars" unite for a recording and tour that proves to be more than the sum of its parts.

//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

Ubisoft Understands the Art of the Climb

// Moving Pixels

"Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed and Grow Home epitomize the art of the climb.

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