Art Tatum changed pop and rock ‘n’ roll. As Les Paul tells it, he was originally a pianist with a trio and determined to be exceptional. Until his friend played him a record by Art Tatum. Paul says he stopped playing piano and switched to guitar. Had Paul not heard Tatum and had he gone on to lead a piano trio, we likely wouldn’t have had overdubbing, tape delay, phasing effects and multitrack recording not to mention the …

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