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Henri-Pierre Noel - Piano: Deluxe Edition

Henri-Pierre Noel

Piano: Deluxe Edition

Wah Wah 45s

Released: 20th May 2016 | 12 track jazz piano album

Four years on from the hugely anticipated re-issue of this much sought after tropical jazz masterpiece, Wah Wah 45s are proud to announce the release of a Deluxe Edition of Henri-Pierre's Piano, now featuring remixes and bonus tracks for the first time in one package.

On moving to Canada from his original home of Haïti, pianist and singer/songwriter Henri-Pierre Noel brought with him much of the tropical island's influences. The Kompa Funk sounds of his homeland, along side contemporary North American jazz and disco, run throughout both of Henri's albums recorded in the late 1970's – Piano and One More Step. Both were released on very limited private presses and have since become holy grails of the back music scene.

Henri-Pierre Noel is an incredibly versatile musican who uses the piano in a very percussive and syncopated way, almost like a drum. This particular technique naturally brings disco and afro-funk elements into hisunique brand of dance floor fusion.

Re-mastered from the original multi-track tapes, Henri-Pierre Noel's debut Piano is now available in an exclusive deluxe package featuring the foot friendly covers Mercy, Mercy, Mercy and A Fifth of Beethoven, that only appeared as a limited 7-inch single and have never featured on the album, as well as Re-Visions from a huge fan, The Reflex. The French disco don's club friendly re-workings of A Fifth of Beethoven, as well as his full length edit of album favourite Diskette, are also featured on this explosive package.

Merci une fois de plusMonsieur Noel!

"Doesn’t really sound like anything else. One of those Holy Grail records… Really interesting record"
Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
"Tailor made for the dance floor! An incredibly consistent album!"
Craig Charles, BBC 6Music
"Love it! A really good fusion, reminds me of pigbag in places. Playing 3 of the tunes out to great response"
Mr Scruff, Ninja Tune
"It’s badass!"
Huey Morgan, BBC 6Music
"Really great to see Wah Wah 45s supporting the heritage of jazz!"
Gerald Short, Jazzman Records
"What a treat. I just loved every second of that!"
Cerys Matthews, BBC 6Music
"Ow, I can see some people go nuts on those fast piano notes!!! Lovely"
Lefto, Worldwide/Brownswood