He was already lauded at a young age, seeing his great potential in playing the piano.
Despite his vision being impaired, he was a jazz visionary who rose to fame because of his ingenuity and technical brilliance, taking jazz at an entirely new level that had never been seen by the world before.
He revolutionized unique techniques with the way he played, totally non-traditional with intermittent usage of bitonality, chord substitutions, and unpredictable reharmonization making his audience totally glued to their seats with his improvisations. He was undeniably a master of substitution in jazz.
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