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Pianist Henri-Pierre Noël gets rediscovered at POP Montreal

09/15/2014 12:42 EDT | Updated 11/15/2014 05:59 EST
Haitian-born pianist Henri-Pierre Noël is on top of the world these days.

"I don’t know what to say. I think I’m walking on the clouds," he says, laughing. 

"It's something I really did not expect. Not at all — not only recording, re-editing records, but also giving shows all around… and I think that’s a beautiful thing," Noël says.

Noël, now in his 60s, is celebrating his career relaunch. U.K. record label Wah Wah 45s reissued two albums that he recorded in Montreal: 1979's Piano and the dance floor-friendly 1980 release, One More Step.

DomServini from Wah Wah 45s says Montrealer DJ Kobal found the vinyls in a bin of old records and got him to listen.

Servini says he loves the diversity of styles and Noël’s percussive playing so much he decided to re-issue the albums.

Servini also booked Noël at the Jazz Club in London for a series of shows last summer, got him an interview with BBC 6 and took him sightseeing.

"I took him to see Buckingham Palace and showed him all the sights, which I think he really enjoyed. The other great thing about it is he’s a really, really lovely man as well as a great musician," Servini says.

Noël performs Saturday night at POP Montreal in a show with another master, Ethiopian jazz pianist and accordionist HailuMergia. Show details here.

Listen here to Jeanette Kelly’s conversation with Henri-Pierre Noël:

Watch a video of Noël performing for Jeanette Kelly and here’s a link to a video of Noël performing for Jeanette here at the CBC building in Montreal:

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