The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Although I had heard pieces like Blue Rondo à la Turk when I was a teen, it was when I took a course in college called "Great Composers" that I really took notice of master jazz man Dave Brubeck. The course's instructor, American-Canadian composer Michael Horwood, showed the class a documentary on great music through the ages. The segment on Brubeck reeled me in.
Pick Up Sticks
The coolest: man, men, and album.