Artist: Mose Allison Track: "My Brain" Album: The Way of the World Listen

I doubt Mose Allison has ever broken a sweat. Everything in the world of Mose, piano-tinkler on a whole 'nother level, is cool, sly, wholly understated. His art has that mystical finesse that seems to take no effort at all, yet takes a lifetime to master.

For a historical primer, check out studio versions of "Seventh Son" and "Parchman Farm." For a dose of new material, check out this track, which appears at the beginning of The Way of the World, out March 23.