Portishead: Beth Gibbons at the Electric Picnic music festival in 2014. Photograph: Dave Meehan

In the summer of 1994, when many alternative-rock kids were kicking up mud to Nine Inch Nails and Green Day, Dummy, the debut album from the Bristol-b(...)

Blue Note: the label’s respect for music, and the musicians who made it, set it apart. Photograph: Tony Cenicola/NYT

“The Finest in Jazz since 1939” says the famous tag line, and 80 years later it’s still hard to disagree. The Blue Note label, which celebrates that r(...)

John Coltrane and his stellar quartet – pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones – were in the process of reinventing their(...)