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Thursday, Jul 25 2013 | 09:30
Image: 1581962 In 2012, Wah Wah 45s re-mastered and re-issuedHenri-Pierre Noel's debutLP from 1979,"Piano", to huge critical acclaim. Whilst doing so, Canadian producer Moonstarr discovered a couple of previously unreleased cuts recorded in the same session way back when. Henri-Pierre Noel's versions of the the Walter Murphy disco classic "A Fifth Of Beethoven" and the soul/jazz standard "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" are fire for the dance floor filled to the brim with the man's tradmark keys, funky bass and afro flavoured percussion.

These exclusive recordings are sure to start many a party this summer, and set the scene perfectly for Henri's UK visit this July - the highlight surely being a full London show at The Jazz Cafe on Saturday July 13th! A bientot MonsieurNoel!

On moving to Canada from his original home of Haiti, pianist and singer/songwriter Henri-Pierre Noel brought with him much of the tropical island's influences. Henri 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-jazz elements into his unique brand of "Kompa Funk".

"Tailor made for the dance floor!" (Craig Charles)
"Love it! A really good fusion, reminds me of pigbag in places." (Mr. Scruff)
"It's badass!" (Huey Morgan)
"Really great to see Wah Wah 45s supporting the heritage of jazz!" (Jazzman Gerald)
"What a treat. I just loved every second of that! He will be playing live for us on the show next Summer!" (Cerys Matthews)
"Ow, I can see some people go nuts on those fast piano notes!!! Lovely" (DJ Lefto)


1. A Fifth Of Beethoven
2. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy Available from 05.07.2013
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