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 // 92 Articles
Reviews // 531 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

Steve Coleman's Analogies in Various Places | 17 Jun 2015 // 9:15 PM

The music constantly shifts and moves in Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance's Synovial Joints, flexing one set of instruments against another in a creative tension.

Billie Holiday at 100: Still an Inspiration | 6 Apr 2015 // 9:30 PM

On Billie Holiday's centennial, her influence remains everywhere in music. Jazz singers Cassandra Wilson and Jose James, have new tributes out on Blue Note.

//Reviews

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bird Calls | 2 Mar 2015 // 9:03 PM

A hard-edged evocation of the free blues spirit of Charlie Parker by a modern saxophonist with the spirit to get Bird right.

Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff | 25 Feb 2015 // 9:04 PM

Iyer’s trio returns for its ECM debut, a sharp rhythmic workout that continues this musician’s brilliant run.

//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

'Sugar Hill' Breaks Out the Old-School Zombies

// Short Ends and Leader

"Sugar Hill was made in a world before ordinary shuffling, Romero-type zombies took over the cinema world.

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