"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: