...and have more musical/cultural significance/depth in their pinkie fingers than all members of 1D combined. Sorry, ListApp 1D Crew.
  1. Claude Debussy
    Ebf39563 9a04 4155 a0a8 16b5af766a28
    Dude was Impressionism (at least in music). Single-handedly established a new concept of tonality in European music. You'd probably recognize some of his more famous works like Clair de Lune or Nocturnes, but his later Preludes & Etudes are stunningly sublime as well.
  2. Thelonius Monk
    48ecf5e6 62ef 4d84 8817 ba185b68143e
    You do not get more troubled genius than this guy, but the genius component far overrides his eccentricities. As great as Parker, Miles, & Coltrane are, no one could match Monk in sheer brilliance in every aspect of music. He's hard to get into at first, but such work pays off immensely.
  3. Esperanza Spalding
    Ea9cfe91 d18b 4274 ba2d 4b122adbab4f
    😍😍😍 She literally rules the jazz world. One of our best vocalists, & also one of our best bassists. This girl is phenomenal!!! Killer tunes & arrangements to boot. If you've never heard of her, start with her album Radio Music Society.
  4. John Mellencamp
    30a3769f 7719 4a03 95dc 0e6e123062e7
    Bet you weren't expecting this guy on any of my lists. Dads rejoice! His popular songs are mostly meh, but some of his deeper tracks are gold. Jackie Brown is powerful, his cover of Van Morrison's Wild Night is killer, and the song "Key West Intermezzo" is probably my favorite non-instrumental tune right now.
  5. Melody Gardot
    46398704 a0c8 4771 96eb 62177d1bc9ab
    Also very much 😍😍😍. Her new album "Currency of Man" blew me away with every aspect: tasty horn/string arrangements, tight band, poetic lyrics, and of course HER SUBLIME VOICE!!!!