Will Layman is a writer, teacher and musician living in the Washington, DC area. He has been a contributor to National Public Radio and WNYC's "Soundcheck" as a jazz critic. He plays rock, funk, and jazz in the bars and clubs in and near the nation's capital. His fiction and humor appear in print and online.
Come Back is another heartbreaking and beautiful collection of songs on the heels of Emma Frank's 2018 stunner, Ocean Av, again featuring the lighter-than-air yet potent contributions of pianist Aaron Parks.
An increasing compelling and mature composer and pianist, Fabian Almazan is showing how the piano trio format can be renewed with an orchestral approach using texture and layers of compelling elements, including field recordings, intelligently utilized electronics, and strings.
Drummer and composer Mark Guiliana carries an acoustic jazz quartet and an electronic music collective with equal passion. In this interview Guiliana explains how varied influences coexist in his mind and his music.
Chilean guitarist and singer Camila Meza makes her eclectic major label debut and creates an ambitious recording that includes string quartet writing, original songs, and riveting covers from David Bowie to Elliot Smith to Milton Nascimento.
Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau creates another hybrid project built on a layering of keyboards, drums, woodwinds, voices, and strings—with a gloss of politics and religion along the edges. Occasionally brilliant.