I have never seen anyone enjoy himself so much making music. I love musicians that smile when they have a creative spark and you can see it, but the count had a permanent grin, that in the beginning made me suspect it was a show. you know, the black boy has to smile wide when he is playing for us kind of thing.
It wasn’t uncommon so don’t look at me like that. But then I saw a couple of interviews, and as he was sitting on the piano talking, every time his fingers hit the keys he automatically had this grin on his face. It was like electricity. Play a phrase, smile, play a variation, start laughing as you do. The guy had fun!