COUNT BASIE: Through his own eyes

Documentary, told in Count Basie’s own words, which reveals for the first time the private passions and ambitions that inspired the world-famous bandleader and pianist.  Until now, little was known about Basie’s private and family life, but director Jeremy Marre has found a treasure trove of home movies and photo albums that show Basie’s remarkable […]

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BBC FOUR: Explores the archives for the sultry sounds and looks of ‘Jazz Divas Gold’!

Featured Jazz legends include Ella Fitzgerald, Marion Montgomery, Cleo Laine, Blossom Dearie, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, Peggy Lee, Betty Carter, Amy Winehouse, Eartha Kitt and many more who can be seen from 1965 to 2008 on BBC treasures such as Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life, Show of the Week, Not […]

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BLUE NOTE FOCUS

The new generation of talent meets a jazz institution as we play out tracks from the Blue Note re:imagined session. The session was recorded at the BBC’s Radio Theatre and features Ezra Collective as the house band, with guest performances from the likes of Yasmin Lacey, Jordan Rakei and Poppy Ajudha. We speak to Ezra […]

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BB KING: LIVE IN 1972

First transmitted in 1972, B.B. King is filmed at a recording session at Command Studios, Piccadilly, London during the sessions that led to the ‘B.B. King in London’ album. The blues legend talks about himself and the guitarists who have inspired him, including Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian and T-Bone Walker. MORE

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PUNK: At the BBC

Annie Nightingale led the way as Radio 1’s first female DJ and introduced a generation to exciting new sounds as the face of the Old Grey Whistle Test from 1978. Back then, punk was hard to find on mainstream television and Annie sought to build a platform for young people to have their say.  In […]

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SPOTIFY: Normalization vs dynamic range compression

Have you ever wondered what the ‘Set the same volume level for all tracks’ option in Spotify is really doing?  No probably not, but I have. Googling didn’t help to find an answer to this question because some people say that it works by normalization and others say that it works by reducing the dynamic […]

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SPOTIFY: The 101 strangest records there. Per Henderak Haetta – Pieras Mikkal

An extraordinary recording of nomadic herders, which uses just a single voice and drum to redefine our concept of melody. Taken from Folkways’ proudly chart-shunning Lappish Joik Songs from northern Norway, Pieras Mikkal is an extraordinary recording made by the folksong collector (and now professor emeritus of ethnomusicology at Columbia University) Dieter Christensen in the […]

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SPOTIFY: How does it calculate loudness?

” We currently use ReplayGain, which was the most recognized standard for calculating loudness when Spotify first started. In the future, we plan to use a new standard for calculating loudness, called ITU 1770 (from the International Telecommunication Union). This defines the integrated LUFS (Loudness Units Full Scale) measure, and it’s what we recommend you […]

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TCHAIKOVSKY: Santtu-Matias Rouvali on Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake

On this week’s Gramophone Podcast, Editor Martin Cullingford talks to Santtu-Matias Rouvali, the Principal Conductor Designate of the Philharmonia Orchestra, about his first recording with the orchestra, excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, which is available now on Signum Classics. Continues HERE

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