Don't need many words for this post. If you love music, then you should love jazz. There are many players in the game and John Coltrane was one of the best in my opinion. The way he twisted his notes and bounced them so fluidly just gets me every time!
In college I listened to "Giant Steps" religiously. Since then I've accquired more albums and they are all my favorite. When you get a chance put some Coltrane on to hear what everyone else is hearing.