Encompassing all instruments, specifically in the jazz idiom (but hey, if you want to mention a bluegrass guy or a classical composer, go for it.) So during your explorations of "the greats," who really made you go bonkers? The person you kept hearing about, but the hype just couldn't live up to the amazing power of their talent? For me, it's been Nat King Cole. I didn't get into him until fairly recently, but I'm *really* loving his stuff. My collection of his works is lamentably small, though -- restricted to a Greatest Hits CD, 1 LP ("Where Did Everyone Go?") and a smattering of songs from random sources like his cut of "Sweet Lorraine" from the Jazziz Magazine CD for the issue "Men Don't Sing." I'd love to dig into his other stuff (I heard he had a really swing piano/guitar/bass jazz trio) but I'm not really sure where to start. Plus, his voice is *just* the right register for me to sing along .