A record that looks as if it will, courtesy of acclaimed pianist composer Nils Frahm join the dots between what classical and jazz listeners want out of ambient minimalism while remaining genreless and you know something you want to listen to a lot. Released on Erased Tapes later this month Frahm tours swiftly following in the UK and Ireland during February. Most dates but not quite all are already sold out. 

A heart-rending ‘Hope She’ll Be Happier’, above, from the Lean on Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers project. Expect a Withers themed album in 2018 from José James to mark the ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ singer-songwriter legend’s 80th.

For more on James follow these 2017, 2015, and 2014 links. 

An inspiration like Krzesimir Dębski and above all Zbigniew Seifert on subsequent generations of jazz violinists, including notably Nigel Kennedy and Adam Bałdych, electric violinist Michał Urbaniak turns 75 this week. Jazz rock and hip hop fusion band Urbanator has been his main interest for many years and well before its foundation he was on this reggae flavoured track on one of Miles Davis’ greatest late period albums, Tutu (above).

And before that, well (top) jazz-rock innovation for sure with his Group featuring his now former wife Urszula Dudziak. ‘Ekim' on Inactin was sampled by A Tribe Called Quest (above).

Links (in Polish): 1 and 2.

A 23 February release: Darwish’s Reclamation, of which ‘This City’ is the sixth track, is on Two Rivers.